Interviews with my imaginary friends: “Stoner”

For this year’s A-to-Z April Challenge, I’m interviewing characters from my and/or my twin’s fiction. Some of them are major characters, some are supporting cast, and some have managed to avoid any page-time (so far).

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Thomas: Your real name is John Michael Harrison, so how’d you end up with a nickname like Stoner?

Stoner: I like psychedelic rock.

Thomas: So I’ve noticed. I think I’ve heard “Conquistador” by Procol Harum more times since Paul started seriously writing your story than in all the years before, just because it’s on the “working soundtrack.”

Stoner: My nickname could also be because my preferred weapon is an Mk 11 Mod 0 — a Stoner sniper rifle. And I was born in the summer of 1969.

Thomas: In other words, it was inevitable… Question from my readers: What do you think motivated the author to choose you as the protagonist for the story?

Stoner: Well, he didn’t really have a lot of choice, did he? I mean, I was the only survivor of the Brownsville Incursion, so who the hell else was he going to ask about it? From there, it just kinda… happened.

Thomas: And the fact that you were the character with both the ability and the motivation to do something about the problem had nothing to do with it,  right? [shakes head] What do you think of the other characters in your story?

Stoner: Most of ’em are pretty okay. Not sure about that Deegan guy, though.

Thomas: He gets that a lot. Probably used to it. And thank you for the misdirection, by the way — really helps disguise any plot spoilers I may inadvertently drop this month.

Stoner: Hey, anything for my author’s double. [ironic grin]

 

 

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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