Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sybil Has Nothing On Me by Sharon C. Srock

Sharon Srock
How real are the characters in your novel. I know a fellow writer who leaves Post-it notes for her characters on the kitchen table. Her husband says he'll worry when the characters start answering. Today we're veering a little bit away from Seriously Write as Sharon Srock shares one of her conversations with her "little friends." ~ Angie

Remember Sybil? Sally Field made her and the sixteen personalities living in her head famous in the 1976 movie of the same name.

Poor Sybil lived with sixteen people in her head. I feel compelled to ask…JUST sixteen?

I have writer friends who worry about their next book. Where will it be set? Who will the characters be? How will they interact?

There are days I almost envy them their indecision. I don’t have characters, I have a whole community. I wake up with them, I go to bed with them, they whisper in my dreams, and invade my prayer time with their never ending requests for attention.

Which prompts my earlier question. JUST sixteen? Let’s take a look at the community living in my head every day.

CALLIE: Hey guys, I think she’s waking up. Are you awake yet? Can we talk about the part where I--
Me: Your story is done, go away.

BENTON: You know, I’ve been thinking about a story line we could work on…
Me: It’s called the WOMEN of Valley view for a reason, Sport.

KARLA: Do you plan on getting back to my story anytime soon? You left me in a very difficult situation.
Me: You have three chapters. Be grateful. Kate has none.

KATE: About that…
Me: Oh good grief.

MITCH: I have this great story about I guy I worked with.

TERRI: I hope you’re in a better mood since you’ve had your coffee. Can we talk about that whole wedding scene?
Me: I am not writing a wedding scene done in orange and black, even if it is Halloween.

STEVE: Don’t worry, Terri. I’ll write it. I can do a better job than her anyway.
Me: It’ll take me 14 keystrokes to turn you from a successful writer into a starving plumber. Would you like that?

IRIS: If you keep talking to my Dad that way, I won’t speak to you anymore.

SAMANTHA: You know, I really don’t think starting my story when Bobbie is four is a good idea. We’ll miss so much of her life.
Me: When you can write it, I’ll read it.

PASTOR GORDON: Would you like for me to pray for you, dear?
Me: Somebody needs to.

JEREMY: I see, after paging through the files in your brain, that I’ll be sixteen in book six. Can I have a Lamborghini?
Me: Let me spell this out for you. N. O.

MEAGAN: If he gets a Lamborghini—
Me: There will be no Lamborghini's.

PAM: She’s giving our children Lamborghini's.
HARRISON: We’ll sue.
Me: No words, just banging my head on the keyboard.

PATRICK: Can I say something?
Me: NO!

SISKO: Patrick, let’s go shoot some hoops. Maybe she’ll be more approachable later this afternoon.
Me: Yes, please try me again next year.

LISA: At least you get to play basketball. All I ever get to do is be pregnant and take care of babies.
Me: Go talk to Pastor Gordon. He’s looking for someone to pray for.

I wonder who’ll they’ll get to play me on the big screen?

Have you ever caught yourself arguing with your characters? Does it help to "talk" to them?
About the Author
Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s debut novel, The Women of Valley View: Callie released in October 2012. The second in the series, The Women of Valley View: Terri releases in April 2013.

The Women of Valley View: Callie, released in October 2012
The Women of
Valley View: Callie
Three dire circumstances. Three desperate prayers. One miracle to save them all.

Callie Stillman is drawn to the evasive girl who’s befriended her granddaughter, but the last time Callie tried to help a child, her efforts backfired. Memories of the tiny coffin still haunt her.

Samantha and Iris Evans should be worried about homework, not whether they can pool enough cash to survive another week of caring for an infant while evading the authorities.

Steve Evans wants a second chance at fatherhood, but his children are missing. And no one seems to want to help the former addict who deserted his family.

For Steve to regain the relationship he abandoned, for his girls to receive the care they deserve, Callie must surrender her fear and rely on God to work the miracle they all need.