Monday, February 6, 2012

The Doctor is IN!

Time for the "I'm hearing voices" blogfest!
work on your character!
Here's the schedule:
Monday 2/6: Characters on the couch
Wednesday 2/8: Dialogue Introduction
Friday 2/10: Emotion Flash Fiction



This fest is really helping me develop my characters! Today I have chosen to put J. L. Cooper, the main character from my techno thriller POP TRAVEL,

On the couch…

1.  So, Cooper, let's get to the root of the problem. What is your biggest vulnerability and do you hide it?
Cooper: Vulnerability? Life. People. I guess it started with my fear of pop travel. See, I’m a pilot. I don’t trust laser teleportation. Five years ago I asked my wife to take a plane instead of popping and she died when it crashed. I’m a recovering alcoholic and don’t really care what happens to me anymore. Is that a vulnerability? And it’s no secret.

2.  I see. Does this cause people to assume about you?
Cooper: Not that I care, but most people who didn’t know me as a lawyer, assume I’m not too bright. Now that I’m a drunk and a private detective in a small town they think I’m a loser. Maybe I am.

3.  Let's get another's opinion. Who is your best friend? What does he think is your fatal flaw?
Cooper: My little brother, Dawson, is my best friend. He probably thinks my fatal flaw is that I don’t care anymore. He tells me all the time to move on, get involved in life again and meet someone new. Whatever.

4.  Good. He's a positive influence. What would he say is your most redeeming quality?
Cooper: My good looks. Just kidding. He asks me where my determination and drive went. I was a damn good lawyer. Persistent. And I have good instincts about people.

5.  Let's build on that. What do you want most and what lengths will you take to get it?
Cooper: My goal is to be left alone. But I did just pick up this new client who has a problem with pop travel. That’s worth looking into. I’d love to find some dirt on those pop travel executives. I helped win a case against the greedy SOBs when they started a monopoly and shut down all the airports. I don’t trust them and I don’t trust pop travel. I’ve got nothing to lose, so I guess I would risk just about anything to uncover the truth and nail them.

Very good. Our time is up. Keep your chin up, Cooper. Try to have faith in yourself and others.

Hope you enjoyed listening in on Cooper's session. How sane are your characters? What makes them tick?

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32 comments:

Laura Marcella said...

Very cool blogfest! Looks like you've got a well-developed character with Cooper.

Miranda Hardy said...

Cooper is very interesting, having done so much and drowned in his sorrow. That pop travel thing sounds very intriguing.

Liz Fichera said...

Pop travel? Very cool. I'm intrigued. :) Cooper sounds like a hoot.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

What a cool idea for a blogfest.

Pop travel. Sound even cooler than the blogfest. :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

He sounds like quite the neurotic character! Pop travel is interesting - I like the idea.

Jenny S. Morris said...

This is awesome. I remember loving the whole idea of pop travel. Great job!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Pop travel and a conflicted character. A great absorbing interview, your new follower, Roland

Madeleine Maddocks said...

The backstory that is intertwined with your answers is intriguing.

Emily R. King said...

I know Cooper wants to be alone, but I think he needs a hug. : )

Hope Roberson said...

Awesome concept! This guy is the kind of character you root for despite his bad qualities :)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I love the back story to Cooper. I definitely want to know more.

Dianne Gardner said...

Hey, I love you've invented pop travel and now your MC wants to do away with it! WTG!

Leigh Covington said...

OOOH! You did such a good job with this, and you have the perfect character for it. He totally needs to be on the couch. Fabulous job!

Angela Cothran said...

Tara--I love Cooper! I'm so glad you picked him :) Great job!

And go back on my site and put in your link. It should work.

Sherri said...

I like Cooper! Sanity is overrated anyway! :) I like quirky characters. Great interview!

M Pax said...

Cooper has some major issues. I hope to get to read his story soon.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Sounds like a very well developed character and an intriquing plot line . . . I just bet there is some dirt on pop travel and he's going to sober up quickly when he gets involved in finding it . . . or at least I hope so.

Sarah Ahiers said...

oh man, i TOTALLY want to know more about Pop Travel now!

Clarissa Draper said...

What a funny character. I have really liked this blogfest because we get to really see the voices of each of our characters and they are so different.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Cooper is sounding better and better. Great interview questions!
HMG

Christine Rains said...

What a fun character! My characters are totally sane. I'm the insane one! Hehehe!

Deana said...

Aww, Cooper broke my heart:( He lost all hope after his wife dies huh? And, I must say Tara, I had never heard of pop travel before. You have totally intrigued me:)

Donna Hole said...

Ok, I'm hooked on Cooper's character. Well rounded, redeemable flaws, has a devoted kid brother. Yep, I can't wait for the dialogue portion.

......dhole

kmckendry said...

Sounds like there might be something fishy going on with this pop travel business! Hope Cooper can hang in there and get to the bottom of it!

Cassie Mae said...

Wow. Cooper sounds like a character I totally want to read about. A lot of depth to these answers for realz.

Awesome!

Sara said...

Sounds like you've got a good basis for a story here! Rooting for Cooper.

Hywela Lyn said...

Sounds like a really good story - and I feel for Cooper, hope things look up for him soon!

JoLynne Lyon said...

Sounds like a tormented guy. Great job! And I absolutely love your blog design.

Tara Tyler said...

Thanks for all your kind comments. Cooper has had a rough time, but he will come out on top - and get a new girl!

It's been nice meeting all your characters, too. Looking forward to the next step!

Trisha said...

Cooper sounds like a man in private crisis... I'm so curious about where his story will go! I can imagine a lot of (mis)-adventure and dramatics! Great interview :)

Sari Webb said...

Hi Tara, sounds like Cooper's got a few issues, and with good reason! I hope he takes his brother's advice and gets involved with life again.

Jenna Cooper said...

He has quite a past on him! He sounds so sad, especially with his wife dying.