M. M. Gornell, author of Lies of Convenience Converses with Neil Knight
Thank you, Marilyn, for giving me the opportunity today to “converse” with one of my characters (yes—converse, not talk —to use my latest and rather proper protagonist’s vocabulary!). But Mitch Malone, Wendy Gager’s protagonist is already grilling my dear Margot Madison-Cross on her blog later in our tour. So when you, my friend and “guiding light,” asked me to interview one of my characters, I let Margot off the hook this time. I even gave my other protagonists—Hubert James Champion III, Jada Beaudine, and brother/sister Belinda and Bernard Jones—a pass.
Instead, I decided to interview a “minor” character who appears in both Reticence of Ravens and in my current work-in-process, Counsel of Ravens. Neil Knight is in the hot seat today. Sometimes it seems, minor characters take on a life of their own! And Neil was one of those for me. He started as a foil for Hugh, and somehow, someway, he became a special…
Thanks for stopping by Neil. In Reticence of Ravens, I decided in your first scene that I didn’t like you. You were not a sympathetic character, were you?
Ha! That’s what comes from snap judgments, doesn’t it. Just kidding. Yeah, after what we all we went through in Reticence of Ravens, I’ve even developed a sense of humor. But en effet, you’re right, I don’t come off that well in the first scenes.
Well, you said you hated the desert, hated your boss, and wanted to take her job. And what’s with the foreign phrases all the time? Sometimes it’s just plain annoying.
Not exactly, hate, but I was rather politically ambitious, wasn’t I? Especially, since my father-in-law was the Sheriff and could help me. At least that’s what I thought at the time. And why not use a foreign phrase when one fits, especially French. They have such a way with phrases.
You do seem a little mellower now, Neil, both in your demeanor and tone. Is that because of what happened to you?
(Neil sighs and looks away) Yes, being shot and being in a coma… And then what Hugh and Audrey and Ted did at the end…
Let’s change the subject.
I’d like that. You know, in Counsel of Ravens, our in-progress next adventure—Hugh, Ted, and I have to deal with several even tougher circumstances.
Really? (tone dripping in sarcasm) Can you give us a preview?
No, you know, a work-in-progress by definition isn’t complete. I can tell you, though, none of us remain the people you started with at the beginning of Reticence of Ravens. Time and events…change us all…
Speaking of time, thanks for taking-the-time, Neil. I’m looking forward to where your “time and events” takes you. Au revoir!
Stay tuned…because Neil keeps surprising me! As usual, Marilyn, I loved visiting with you. So enjoy our touring.
Bio for Madeline (M.M.) Gornell
Madeline (M.M.) Gornell has four published mystery novels—PSWA awarding winning Uncle Si’s Secret (2008); Death of a Perfect Man (2009); Eric Hoffer Fiction finalist and Honorary Mention winner, the da Vinci Eye finalist, and Montaigne Medalist finalist Reticence of Ravens (2011); and PSWA award winner and Hollywood Book Festival Honorary Mention Lies of Convenience (2012). Both Reticence of Ravens and Lies of Convenience are Route 66 mysteries.
Madeline is also a potter with a fondness for stoneware and reduction firing. She lives with her husband and assorted canines in the Mojave Desert in a town on internationally revered Route 66.
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