Darynda Jones — My I Hear Fictional People



My Characters and Me

On more occasions than I can count, my characters have this uncanny ability to make me want things or feel a certain way. This is a quick survey to see which characters influence me most in my day-to-day goings on.   

Who makes you stay up at night?

*Ahem.* Yes, that would be Reyes Farrow, for obvious reasons I shan’t go into here.

Who makes you want to make a fresh pot of coffee?

Oh, man, every time I start writing Charley now, the first thing I think is COFFEE! If I don’t have a cup of coffee right there next to me, I feel naked. Well, sometimes I am, but not usually.

Who makes you want to watch TV?

Aunt Lil, actually. I love her and I’d love to hang and watch the tube with her. She has some great one-liners.

7th HR CoverWho makes you hungry?

I would have to say Angel on this one. He is a teenaged boy, after all, and having had two myself, I know how much those guys can put away. I can just see Angel crunching an apple while trying to seduce talking to Charley.

Who makes you mad?

Mostly the bad guys, although Reyes has had his moments. But not many characters can anger me like the monstrous Earl Walker.

Who makes you laugh?

Charley and Cookie. I love putting those two together in a scene. It makes my day.

Who makes you sad?

Again, I have to go with Angel on this one. I feel for him, for the life he lost. Danged teenagers.

Who makes you feel lost?

Many of the departed in my stories do. I feel for them, for their heartache and lost opportunities, although Charley has a horrid sense of direction and can get me lost as well.

Who makes you feel scared?

Charley! That woman is a magnet for all kinds of trouble and I cringe at some of the stunts she pulls, but she wouldn’t be Charley if she didn’t.

Who makes you feel “kinky”?

Well, if we’re talking Garrett Swopes and Reyes in the same room, all kinds of kinky thoughts come to mind. MÉNAGE! Just sayin’.


DaryndaPicNYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com


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