by Fran Rizer
Last Monday, Jan Grape wrote about the Meet My Character Blog Tour. Tagged authors write about their main characters by answering questions on their blogs. The writers then invite one to five other authors to join. Jan tagged me, so here goes:
1. What is the name of your character? Is he or she fictional or a historic person?
The main character of my first six books is fictional Callie Parrish. Her full name is Calamine Lotion Parrish. When her mother died giving birth to their sixth child, Callie's father got drunk--really drunk. This was his first daughter and the only thing female he could think of was the color pink. The only pink that came to mind was Calamine Lotion. Callie frequently thanks heaven that Pa didn't think of Pepto Bismol. If you don't recognize the particular shade of pink in front of me in the above picture, it's a Victoria's Secret pink bag which contained a gift from Jane.
2. When and where is the story set?
Callie's adventures are set in contemporary times and primarily in the fictional town of St. Mary located near coastal Beaufort, SC. In the series, Callie and her BFF, visually handicapped Jane Baker, have encountered murders in other places such as a bluegrass festival on Surcie Island and a casket manufacturer in North Carolina.
4. What should we know about him/her?
Callie works as a cosmetician/Girl Friday at Middleton's Mortuary for her twin bosses, Otis and Odell Middleton. After graduating from St. Mary High School, she left St. Mary to attend the university in Columbia, SC, where she married and worked for several years as a kindergarten teacher. After her husband "did what he did" to make her divorce him, she returned to St. Mary where she spends time with Jane, her daddy, her five brothers, and whoever she's dating. She likes working at the funeral home better than teaching kindergarten because the people she works with at Middleton's lie still instead of jumping around all the time, don't yell or cry, and don't have to tee-tee every five minutes.
Callie's time teaching five-year-olds led her to stop using some of the language she grew up with living in a house with only her father and five older brothers. Instead, she "kindergarten cusses," which consists of "Dalmation!" when she's irritated and "Shih tzu!" when she's extremely annoyed. She has a Harlequin Great Dane dog who's named Big Boy though he acts more like a girl dog. Callie is a talented banjo player and vocalist, but she's not perfect. She can't cook, and she's flat-chested which led her to wear inflatable bras because she's scared of breast-augmentation surgery.
5. What is the personal goal of this character?
In the first books, Callie's goals (besides solving murders and her own personal survival as well as Jane's) were to convince Jane to stop shoplifting and to comfort families by providing peaceful memory pictures of their deceased relatives. She also wanted a closer relationship with her redneck father and to meet a romantic interest as unlike her ex-husband as possible. She achieved these goals except finding the right romantic interest, but she's still looking.
6. Can we read about this character yet?
The six Callie Parrish mysteries are all available electronically. The first three are out-of-print, but used copies can sometimes be found on Amazon. Callie books four through six are available in print and electronically from Bella Rosa Books and on Amazon.
7. Who do you tag?
I've tagged Janice Law, and her Character Blog will appear right here on Monday, September 22, 2014. A surprise Character Blog is scheduled for my first Monday in November. If you're interested in participating in the Meet Your Character Blog Tour, let me know.
Until we meet again, take care of . . . you.