Interview character – Prompt #6

Inspired from “Character Profile” by Patrick Scalisi in the November issue of The Writer magazine. Interview your main character or supporting characters.

If you have a fictional character, you can work with that.

If you are writing about something that really happened, you can use those people as your characters.

If neither of those work, use a photo . . . develop a picture into flesh and blood characters.

For your fictional character:  Interview him or her as a journalist would. . . but not at the age they are in your story.  If they are older . . . interview the younger version of your character.  If they are young. . . imagine what they might be like as an older person.

For your real-life person:  Same thing. . . have an imaginary interview of him or her. . . you can pick the age. . . younger if you know them as an older person.  Older if you know them as a young person (someone from school no longer interact with, for example).

Same with the photo . . . whatever age the person appears to be . .  .interview him or her as an older or younger person.

Prompt:  Interview character. Main or supporting fictional character. Someone from real life. Or a photo.

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Arlene Mandell and Joey, “Scenes from My Life on Hemlock Street,” published by Wordrunner echapbooks

Arlene L. Mandell is a retired English professor, formerly from New Jersey, now living in sunny Santa Rosa, CA

Do you have a photo you would like to post?  Contact Marlene: mcullen – at –


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  2. mcullen Post author

    Hannah Mae is a fictional character I wrote about from around 2005 until around 2009.

    The following is an interview with Hannah Mae — who didn’t have a last name until a story about her was published — and that’s a story for another time.

    When were you born?

    HM: March 4, 1920

    Do you have siblings?

    HM: April, born 1918. June, born 1929

    So, your parents named their three girls Hannah, April and June. Why didn’t they name you May? Or Mae?

    HM: My creator will have to answer that. Note from Marlene: I’ll post a freewrite about that sometime.

    Tell us about a significant event from your childhood.

    HM: When I was 9, I went to Salt Shaker. That’s a summer camp. President Hoover said us under priveleged kids could go there for free.

    Can you tell us more about that?

    HM: I could, but I think my creator would get mad. She’s saving that story for another . . . what does she call ’em? Oh yeah, freewrites. Whatever that is.

    What did you do for a living?

    HM: I would love to talk about that, but I’m getting a bit tired. I think I’ll just set here and take a little nap. We’ll talk more later. I’ll tell you everything. All in good time.

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