Back when I first started writing, to get to know my characters, I would interview them. I’d make up questions, kind of like a survey, and I’d write out responses as those characters. This is kind of the same idea, except I thought I’d give my characters a chance to interview me for a change. Up first, the serie’s underdog hero and reluctant medium, Michael Sinclair.
Note: This shouldn’t contain too many spoilers, but if it does, I apologize.
Michael Sinclair (MS): This is kind of weird.
Jackie Smith (JS): Yeah, I know. Just go with it.
MS: Okay. Well, I guess I’d have to start this interview off by asking… Why me?
JS: What do you mean?
MS: Why won’t you let me catch a break? Why do you like to torture me?
JS: I don’t torture you. You’ve actually got it pretty good compared to a lot of fictional guys out there.
MS: I see ghosts, I can’t find a job, I get kidnapped, I get tortured, my girlfriend is always ending up in the hospital… Why can’t you write a book about me where I win the lottery or I take a romantic, ghost-free getaway with Kate to a tropical island?
JS: Because you don’t play the lottery and neither of you could afford that. Neither could I, for that mat ter.
MS: Am I ever going to find another job? Let’s face it, I’m not going to be able to pay rent much longer.
JS: I have an idea for you. I think Luke is really going to like it.
MS: Oh, great. Of course Luke is going to like it. You like him so much better than me.
JS: Not true. If I did, then he would have ended up with Kate.
MS: Okay then, here’s a real question. How come I can see ghosts?
JS: It was a story I always wanted to write, especially after I experienced a loss myself. I didn’t really know how to characterize you, however, until I started watching Criminal Minds and discovered Matthew Gray Gubler as Spencer Reid. You know that’s who you’re based off of, right?
MS: Yeah, you remind me all the time. I think you like him better than me, too.
JS: Wait a minute, I thought you were supposed to be this super sweet, nerd of my dreams kind of guy. Where is all this sass coming from?
MS: Don’t ask me. You wrote me like this. Speaking of which, did you mean to make me so two-dimensional or is that just part of the protagonist’s curse?
JS: Why do you think you’re two-dimensional? You’re not two-dimensional.
MS: All anyone knows about me is that I see ghosts and I feel sorry for myself. A lot. Why didn’t you give me more depth?
JS: I totally gave you depth. Your problem is that once you discovered you were the only one seeing these spirits, your entire life began to revolve around making sure no one else figured it out. It didn’t give you a whole lot of room to branch out, and for that, I’m sorry.
MS: So, while you were thinking up ways to ruin my life, you never thought to maybe make my power a little more, oh, I don’t know, cool?
JS: What does that mean?
MS: I mean, you read all these books and watch these TV shows about mediums who can not only see dead people, but predict the future, time travel, read minds, all that stuff. How come I can’t do that? How come I only get the ghosts?
JS: Because all of that would make these books a lot more complicated.
MS: Oh, okay. As long as it makes everything easier for you.
JS: Seriously, are you always this snarky when I write you? I thought I gave you a pretty good life. Cool ghost best friend, cute girlfriend, and at least you’re not like Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense. You don’t see hanging people or kids with their brains blown out.
MS: I guess I should be thanking you for that.
JS: You’re welcome.
MS: I’m still not particularly thrilled with you, though.
JS: Yeah, I’m sensing that.
MS: So tell me, are good things ever going to happen to me?
JS: You are far too melodramatic, you know that? And I’m not going to tell you if good things will happen or not. You know I can’t make you any promises. But if it all works out the way I think it will… You’ll just have to wait and see.