Let’s start this post off with some nice (well for me anyways) celebratory news. Yesterday, I finished chapter 11, the one chapter that has proven to be the bane of my existence (so far). I struggled and fought with it since I got back from my trip. Now, I can say that I conquered over it. Well, until the revisions anyways.
Now that we have that out of the way, we can enjoy the next interview from another character in my w.i.p! I hope you have a good time getting to know Mathew Daniels.
Me: Hey, Mat. Welcome to my blog. I know you’re extremely busy with your job so I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to stop by.
MD: It’s my pleasure. I appreciate the opportunity to share a little bit about myself and the others.
Me: What is your role in this book?
MD: Well, I’m a therapist and I try to help everyone in the group to accept the past and let go of their demons. A few of the others have said that I’ve taken on a big brother role in their lives. That’s refreshing for me.
Me: Is it hard to hear the stories that they have to tell you?
MD: I always keep in mind that I have to remain objective. Nobody wants to see their therapist fall apart. But, yes, it is difficult to hear those heart-wrenching stories. There are times when I go home and sit on the couch in silence, wondering what everyone is doing. If they’re okay. If they’re hurting themselves.
Me: It almost sounds like you can kind of relate to them in a way.
MD: Yeah. I can relate to feeling lost and alone. Who can’t?
Me: Tell everyone a little bit about your background.
MD: I was born and raised in San Diego, California. My dad is still a history professor at a local community college and my mom owns a bakery. I graduated from USC a couple of years ago and I’m currently working on my Masters degree there in psychology. I’ve always wanted to help people and guide those who need it through those dark times. Sometimes, we all need some guidance.
Me: Here are a couple of fun questions. What is your idea of the perfect Saturday night?
MD: I love to just lounge on my patio with a beer and a good book. To end the night, I may watch some television with my Golden Retriever, Dusty. He loves to watch Saturday Night Live.
Me: Nice. This question comes from, well, Jude. He asks, do you know about his band, The Drama Scene, and also if you knew that they have an EP coming out soon?
MD: Of course he did. I did know that. He talks about it all the time. But, thanks, Jude for the question.
Me: Thanks for stopping by and talking with us today, Mat. Do you have anything you want to add before we end this?
MD: These kids really do have amazing stories to tell and I hope that there are people out there willing to listen. They’ve been through a lot, but what I have to remind them is that they are certainly not broken. We’re all human and we all have moments we feel so much and take so much inside. We’re never really alone and there is always hope. Never give that up.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Mat Daniels from my w.i.p. He’s truly a very kind and warm character. Now, onto some other business: Writing Prompt Wednesday.
- Bad weather affects everyone. Think back on a time when you experienced some sort of nasty weather and write a page about it. Make sure to be as descriptive as possible and make people feel like they were there, experiencing it with you.