Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Character Questions 2

If this gal was a character of mine, she probably wouldn’t be a protagonist. I can imagine her as an antagonist. Maybe the other woman. Is that cliche’?

Desiree – In a word, yes. I’m not the other woman. I’m the woman. I don’t follow anyone else.

Marji – Quite an achievement. So why did you choose the hat you wore?

Desiree – You might as well ask why I wore the entire ensemble. It was all made to go together. And I looked amazing in it. Everyone said so. The hat was perfect, except when I arrived and the wind blew the brim cockeyed. I told the designer to make sure that didn’t happened, but did she care? No.

Marji – It’s hard to find good help?

Desiree – You have no idea. Nothing is ever done the way I want. I always have to complain or explain. Things would be so much easier if the help would figure out what they’re supposed to do before they mess it all up.

Marji – You would do a much better job if you were, say, the hat designer?

Desiree – Not that I would stoop to such a low-level, but I’d certainly do it well. I have a pulse on society, so I know what works and what doesn’t. I have an eye for design, for color and material. And I have a creative vein.

Marji – Sounds like this would be a good job for you, then. Why wouldn’t you want to do it?

Desiree – Uh, really? Do you think I’d actually be willing to work for my friends? Horrors.

Marji – So working for your friends, maybe being a maid or a waitress, would be the worst thing you could think of?

Desiree – That’s a disgusting thought. Why don’t you ask me something more pleasant?

Marji – Fair enough. What do you aspire to? You’ve got money, beauty, popularity. What could you possibly want?

Desiree – That’s much better. Hmmm. Well, I guess I want to marry the perfect man.

Marji – Why?

Desiree – I guess because that’s what I’m supposed to do. I mean all of my friends are either married or getting married. I know my mom is always pushing men on me. It gets old. Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to get married someday, I think. But I don’t want to settle for someone just because he’s …

Marji – Wealthy, successful, handsome …

Desiree – Well he has to be all of the those things. I could never marry someone who wasn’t. But I want someone who treasures me.

Marji – Is that all you want to do? That’s your only goal in life?

Desiree – Well, I plan to look really good while I’m doing it!

Okay, I would love to see Desiree plopped in the middle of nowhere. Maybe a need to change her identification and hide from someone trying to kill here. Could be fun seeing her attempt to become a waitress and keep a low profile. Oh and fall for a hometown fella. Maybe a contractor who gets grease under his fingernails once in a while.

Your turn: What am I missing with Desiree?

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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