One of my favorite writing exercises is the character interview. So when I read this week's topic, I was insanely excited. And since I couldn't pick just one character from ALTERED to interview, I decided to pick two and have one interview the other.
Nick & Cas are two of the four boys from ALTERED. They're very much a family, albeit a dysfunctional one.
Nick: (peruses list of questions, eyes moderator) This seems like a massive waste of time.
Cas: (smirks, turns to moderator) He has trouble reading. Just give him a minute.
Nick: (scowls at Cas, clears throat) What do you like to do with your time? Besides annoy the hell out of me.
Moderator: Please stick to what’s written on the paper, Nicholas.
Cas: (laughs) Like any growing boy, I like to eat. Chocolate. Cookies. Marshmallows. Doritos. I like to BBQ. Anything is better BBQ’d. You know what I mean?
Nick: Who is most important in your life? (snorts)
Cas: Hmm. Let me see. I would have to say Sweet Baby Jesus. And his dad, for giving me these guns. (flexes biceps)
Nick: That's your answer? Jesus?
Cas: (spreads out arms) Who else am I going to say? You?
Nick: Sam? Anna?
Cas: Well, duh. Anna, yeah. She makes me cookies. And Sam was the obvious answer. I don’t want to disappoint the readers with the obvious answer.
Nick: That’s assuming anyone even reads this shit.
Cas: Next question, babe. (snaps fingers)
Nick: (grumbles) Boxers or briefs?
Nick: Dog or cat?
Cas: Cat. I like kitties. I’d name mine Mr. Fluffy Snuggles. If I had one.
Nick: Jacob or Edward?
Cas: Pfffttt. Emmett. Dude’s got a badass Jeep.
Nick: Pancakes or French toast?
Cas: Can’t pick between the two. Next.
Nick: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Cas: On a white sandy beach. Hopefully annoying the hell out of you.
Nick: You’re such a fuc—
Moderator: Nicholas, if you could please refrain---
Nick: (throws list of questions) I’m not doing this.
Cas: (watches Nick leave room) Come on! We were on a roll!
Jennifer Rush is the author of ALTERED coming Fall 2012 from Little, Brown. Check out her blog for news and updates.