Welcome to my leg of the Meet My Character Blog Tour.
I’d like to thank Thomas Scott for inviting me to participate. Thomas is the author of the State Series which includes State of Anger and State of Betrayal. Each follows the protagonist Virgil Jones, a detective with the Indiana State Police Major Crimes Unit. He’s working on the third book now, State of Control. You can learn more about Thomas and his character Virgil from Scott’s popular State Series at his site.
Any way this character questionnaire is a really fun idea. Usually when people ask questions about my character they have to be sworn in first. So this is a nice change.
I’ll be talking about a character from an upcoming short story. The story will be available soon and I’ll be giving it away to my newsletter subscribers. So you should be one of those.
MEET MY CHARACTER
Q: What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
A: Meet Fidget—a fat little beagle that is happiest when eating, looking forward to eating or thinking about eating. While Fidget is a fictional character, he is based on a beagle that I know. It’s my hope that, once the story comes out, the real life beagle is either flattered by the similarities or unaware of them all together. A beagle with a lawyer is nothing to scoff at as anyone who crossed Charles Schultz knows well.
Q: When and where is the story set?
A: The story is set in the near future in general. Specifically it takes place in a typical suburban home three days after Fidget’s owner has died from an apocalyptic contagion.
It’s a comedy.
Q: What should we know about him/her?
A: Fidget is convinced that barking is an effective means of squirrel control, cat domination and property protection. He believes that barks work just like bullets—mowing down anything he fires them at. He is very excitable, easily distracted and devoted to the other dog in the house, a Great Dane named Sasquatch.
Q: What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
A: It’s not so much that Fidget’s owner has passed away as much as it is he passed away possessing the secret of how doors work. Fidget and Sasquatch are now trapped in what was once a loving and plentiful home facing starvation because Fidget ate all of the food.
Q: What is the personal goal of the character?
A: Bacon. Bacon is Fidget’s personal goal. Escape, survival and preventing squirrels from taking over the world are all distant second to bacon. So distant, in fact, that they are fourth, thirteenth and third respectively.
Q: Is there a working title for this short story, and can we read more about it?
A: The working, and most likely final, title for this short story is Gone to the Dogs and you can read the whole thing shortly. I’ll be giving the story away to my newsletter subscribers so sign up while you’re here.
Q: When can we expect the story to be published?
A: The story will be published soon. Hopefully in the next week or so. I’m just awaiting final tweaks on the cover so you should go ahead and sign up now. My generosity has a very narrow window. You don’t want to miss it.
Thanks again to Thomas Scott for asking me to participate. Check out his work. You’ll love it.
Now I get to draw some other writers into this:
Ales Kimmell has a hatred of squirrels on par with Fidget’s.
Clayton Smith also finds the Apocalypse funny.
And Steven Luna finds everything funny except for things that are not.
Great post, Ben. I’m signing up for the story! BTW, you’d think I would have taken my own advice…you know, about leaving my drink in the other room. Oh well, I’m signed up for the new iPhone anyway…
Thanks for the invite Thomas. Sorry about the spit take.