Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Characters: Mike Smith


The story that became His Robot Girlfriend consisted originally of some short flash fiction and the characters were not very well developed.  When I decided to turn it into a book, I completely rewrote it, adding an ending.  I had to turn some cardboard people into real characters.  In the case of Mike Smith, I just decided to make him-- me.  He was a school teacher, about five years older than me, when I started, and instead of being happily married with two kids, he was a widower with two surviving children.  Personality-wise, language-wise, and description-wise, he's about as close to me as I could get.  As i neared the end, I started feeling a little uncomfortable that he was so much like me, and I began working in little things that made him at least somewhat different.  In the end, physically at least, Mike changes quite a bit.  Patience really gets him into shape.  I just started at the gym two months ago (though I don't have a Daffodil pushing me along), so this might be a case of life imitating art.

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