Turning the Tables: Characters Interview the Author
My name is Kristi, also known as @kristimcm on Wattpad or @unrealismbooks on Twitter. I’ve been writing on Wattpad since 2014, and write primarily One Direction (Harry Styles) AU fanfiction, but have dabbled in fantasy/paranormal and general fiction as well. This is my first Blogfest and I can’t thank Apryl enough for including me in this adventure!
I have participated in the Wattpad Block Party on Wattpad several times, and this post is a continuation from one I did for the February 2017 edition. But, as I have written several stories since then and things have changed, I have decided to tweak this one up a bit!
I admittedly nicked the idea from Shaun Allan (soz, Shaun) but thought it was absolutely brilliant. I’ve decided to do a reverse interview with some of my popular characters interviewing me. We will talk about my inspirations, plots, and more, all from the perspective of what my characters would want to know.
Hope you guys enjoy!
In a quiet back corner of a small Toronto café, a group of seven individuals gather around a long table. This particular collection would seem, to anyone passing by, completely normal. To look at them now, nothing about them would stand out in any particular way. Outwardly, they all seem to be your regular, everyday individuals.
But you would be wrong.
Because this group is comprised of some of the most dissimilar people you could ever gather in one setting. A royal, a guardian, an angel turned mortal, fallen angel, a survivor of high school bullying and her savior. Each of these individuals could not be more different, and yet are all linked together in a peculiar way.
This sixth individual is the only average one of the group. Not an angel, not of noble blood. There is absolutely nothing about her that would fit her into this gathering of individuals.
Except the fact that all the rest are a creation of her mind.
For this final individual is writer, Kristi McManus. She is the author of several popular Wattpad stories, some of which feature the characters comprising the rest of this group. And while their connection has been one sided thus far, with the writer pulling the puppet strings of their lives and creating their worlds, the tables are about to turn.
In this meeting, the characters will get to ask the writer questions. In a rare opportunity, they will learn of their creation, the motivation for their troubles, why they went through what they did, and any hopes for the future.
For those who may not be familiar with the characters included in this interview, they are quite varied. You have Charlotte, a reluctant royal and former wild child, who is finally starting to build a balance between the live she was born in to, and the life she has always wanted to create of her own. This change is in full thanks to the man at her side, Harry, her former guardian and now boyfriend whose strong hand and shoulder to lean on was the change Charlotte needed. Across from them sits Harper. Not quite mortal, but not a deity either, she is of the Fallen, a group of angels cast from heaven hundreds of years ago. With her, is Michael, an angel who chose mortality to be with Harper. He was sent as her judgment, but found more than the rebellious girl he thought he would. Together, they redeemed the Fallen in exchange for their own place in Heaven, instead coming to live on earth as mortal together. Next to them sits Alex, a regular high school junior who knows exactly how difficult it is to be a teenager in todays millennial world. The subject of her classmates torture and torment, she is a survivor of bullying that almost cost her her life, until she met Nathan in the most peculiar way. While far from a saint himself, he pulled Alex off the edge, and taught her that not everyone was out to get her.
The interview starts off directly, with Charlotte asking the first question.
Charlotte: Where did you come up with the idea for my life?
Kristi: It was actually in a commercial for the Royals. I have never watched the show, but in this one commercial, there was a comment by one character about her mother not knowing who her father was. That comment stuck in my head for weeks, your story forming in my head. Eventually, I sat down and wrote it.
Charlotte: So my mother was such a bitch because of a commercial?
Charlotte: Well, she is. You know she is.
Kristi: Yes and no. She needed to be difficult to show why you acted as you did. She was your negative catalyst, just as Harry became your positive. Without her harsh parenting you wouldn’t have been wild, and Harry wouldn’t have been necessary.
Harry: *smiling at Charlotte* See, everything has a reason.
Michael: You had me describe Heaven to Harper in one part of our story. Is that how you really see it?
Kristi: Not exactly. I am admittedly an atheist, but I do believe there is something beyond this life. Just not necessarily the Heaven and Hell that we are touted. I think we have choices even after this life ends, that we can come back and try again, to learn more, or, if we’ve learned all we can, we transcend.
Harper: Sort of like the higher being that Michael describe?
Kristi: Exactly. That place may be a Heaven of sorts, but I think it is different for each person. There is no standard place that all people fit, that all would find as perfect. I think Heaven is mainly just an idea that we have to create ourselves.
Charlotte: *raises hand* I have another question
Charlotte: Why did Harry act like such a dick and pull away from me after my little verbal slip?
Charlotte: Well you did!
Kristi: He needed to. Despite the fact that he was slowly bringing you around, I needed to show that you were still vulnerable. That despite the hard exterior you tried to show, you were easily broken again. And to be broken by Harry, the first person other than Eden that you trusted, was a necessary evil. He needed it to realize that he truly did care for you, and that there were worse things that breaking his rules. And you needed it, to realize that you truly cared for him, and it wasn’t just another way to rebel against your mother. Both of you made mistakes in that exchange, but came to terms and accepted them.
Alex: I think I have one that is more from a reader stand point than from one of ours. Although it does affect us, so…
Alex: Why so much damn angst?
Kristi: Honestly? Because its fun to write. Some of the best stories have painful exchanges and ‘angst’, and it is usually those moments that get the biggest response from people. The plain old boy meets girl, fall in love, happily ever after is boring. That isn’t life. You need angst and drama to push feelings to the surface and cause action from characters. Most of the time, the angst is followed by someone making a stand or finally a decision. Another necessary evil.
Charlotte: But so much of it? So many cliffhangers? I don’t know about your other stories, but in ours, readers were freaking out at the end of almost every chapter.
Kristi: Well, yours was more dramatic than some. But cliffhangers keep people coming back. If you end on a cliffhanger, people want to know what comes next.
Harry: *looking at Charlotte* And really, most of our angst was you being a brat
Charlotte: *again pinches Harry*
Alex: My particular story was difficult to get through. Not just for me, but I think for anyone who has experienced bullying or the things I did. Why is it that you decided to write it?
Kristi: Because it is real. With shows and books such as 13 Reasons why, and the Netflix mockumentary A Girl Like Her, bullying and self harm is coming more and more to the forefront, and is no longer being hidden. Which is a good thing, because not only does it need to be discussed and understood if we are to stop it, it shows victims that they are not alone. That they can get help, and people care.
Nathan: Like my entry into the story?
Kristi: Your role came about in an unusual way, but in this millennial age, I figured it was the perfect introduction. People spend more time on their computers and devices than they do in face to face interaction now, and as bullying has transcended into the online world, so can help. That is why Alex was to write in an online journal for therapy, and you two met via Twitter. Because online friendships are just as meaningful as real life relationships, and no longer should there be such a bias that one is better than the other.
Harper: Michael and I chose to redeem the Fallen in exchange for our own place in Heaven. My parents…Grace. I miss them, but I would make the same choice over and over. I just need to know they are happy.
Kristi: They are. They know what you did for them, and they are proud of you.
Michael: Will there be a continuation of our story?
Kristi: I don’t have one planned right now, but I haven’t ruled it out completely. I know some readers have wanted to know what happens to you now that you are moral and living on earth. So it might be a project down the road. The story is being considered for publication, and if it is picked up, I most definitely will continue your story.
Nathan: What has been your favorite story to write?
Kristi: Out of all my stories, or just yours?
Kristi: There is something I like about each of them, obviously, or I wouldn’t have written them. I think that Fallen might be my favorite, mainly because it was my first attempt at fantasy. Something new and different. It was a challenge, especially because I had to follow Shakespeares classic, but add my own twist. But I suppose that is why it is my favorite.
Charlotte: Of each of us girls, who do you think you are most like?
Kristi: I think a little of each of you, to be honest. I share the same desires as Charlotte, to make my own way, study something I love rather than be what I am expected. I think that is why I write; it gives me the freedom I want. I am introspective like Harper, and while I want more, at the same time, I am sort of complacent enough to stay where I am. I know that is kind of contradictory, but it is how I am. With Alex, we share a lot of the same preferences. Quiet, peace, alone time. A good book over a night out, and doing the social thing is a requirement rather than a desire. So I guess a bit of me is in each of the characters I write.
Harry: What do you think you will write next?
Kristi: I do have another story in mind. Again, it is something a little different and kind of off the wall. Not a fan fiction, for a change. It is an adult millennial story of four friends and their varying relationships and how they intersect. I am still working on the details, but am hoping to start it soon.
That brings this atypical interview to a close, and I hope it gives you all a little insight into me, my characters, and what I have coming in the future!
Feel free to check out any of these characters stories, or any of the others I have on my profile! And let me know what you think about this quirky little attempt at a unique interview!