Sunday, December 19, 2010

Be careful or you'll end up in my novel.

So proclaims a sweatshirt I got for Christmas last year.
I also have a mug that says, "I kill my enemies in my books. You're on page 12."
You think I'm kidding.

I always joke with people that if they make me mad, they will die a horrible death in one of my books.
Heh, heh.
Well, sort of.
The person would never recognize themselves. I'm smarter than that.
It is very cathartic.
Plus what goes around comes around, but you don't always get to see someone's comeuppance.
So that second grade teacher who told me lions weren't purple? Dealt with.
And many others.
What does it mean?
I don't have to hold grudges.
They are gone. They don't weigh me down and I can concentrate on the more positive people in my life.
So my next question.

Who wants to be next?
Merry Christmas.

Chris Redding's latest book, Incendiary, is out in electronic format this past week. It will be out in print in the Spring.


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I have a friend and fan who keeps asking me to pur her in a book, she wants to be a murder victim--not sure I can do that, but do plan to make her a character in a book.


Cheryl Tardif said...

Funny, I do the same thing, Chris. I like the "You're on page 12" bit. LOL

I've also taken it two steps further. I now hold 2 special contests.

1. Create a Corpse Contest, where people can send me a name of a character they want me to kill off. I often get names of ex-spouses, teachers or bullies. It's very therapeutic. :-) lol

"Winston Chambers", the bad guy in Lancelot's Lady, came from this contest.

2. Name a Character Contest, where readers can send in any name, including their own. The character could be good or bad; they won't usually know until the book is published.

Marilyn, I've never had a friend ask me to "kill" her off in a book. LOL I don't think I could do it either.

However, I've always wanted to be a body on CSI. :-)

Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Author Peg Herring said...

It must be an author thing. Those who know me well shuddered at my short story in one anthology, because the murder victim was obviously patterned after someone who had done my family wrong.
I love fictional murder: no blood, no trial, but lots of satisfaction.