My good friend Liz Fountain invited me to participate in the “meet my character” blog hop. I was supposed to post this one yesterday, but I got distracted and derailed. Anyway, here goes.
* Is your character fictional or historical?
Charlie Crabtree, the main character in my new novel, is fictional.
* When and where is the story set?
The book takes place in North Georgia in 2014. I haven’t come up with a title yet, but most of the manuscript is written. I’m fine-tuning it right now.
* What should we know about him/her?
Charlie has struggled with a weight problem all his life. One morning, as he sits in a gas station and munches on a sausage biscuit, a gas pump explodes outside. He has to run out the back door of the gas station with the other customers. As he rushes out the door, he suffers some chest pains. He thinks he’s having a heart attack. Thus, Charlie goes on a diet and undergoes an intense transformation.
* What is the main conflict? What messes up?
Charlie’s father bought him comic books all the time when he was a boy. Unfortunately, Charlie’s father passed away when he was only eight. Ever since then, Charlie has kept the comic books in a wooden chest in the closet. They’re his only link to his father. One afternoon, a robber breaks into Charlie’s apartment and steals several items — including the old comic books. Charlie spends the rest of the story looking for the robber and the beloved comics.
* What is the personal goal of the character?
He has two goals: to lose weight and get back his old comic books. During his journey, he also meets a girl named Tanya. He falls deliriously in love with her.
* Is it published?
Not yet, but I expect it to drop in a month of two. I just need to think of a good title and tinker with a few minor things.
(I have no idea where the photo at the top came from. It’s not my work. The person responsible for it is a genius, though.)