If you could have dinner (and dessert) with any fictional character who would it be and why?
The question refers to a fictional character, so if I had to choose one it would have to be Anne Frank. She is one of the most amazing characters I have ever read about. I was hoping the question might ask for a real person, so I will tell you my choice anyway. I would love to have met Red Skelton. Skelton was a most wonderful man, on stage and off stage. He showed the world humor didn’t have to be dirty, and that not only is laughter the best medicine, but laughing at yourself is the panacea for all of your woes.
Do you have any weird or necessary writing habits or rituals? How do you write?
I don’t consider my writing methods weird, but my family does. I sit in an old (and I do mean old) recliner, leaned back just slightly, legs up,(of course), with my laptop, and our dog, a poodle named Mindy Lou ( but we call her Minmin), in the chair beside me, and I spin my tales.
Do you believe in Writer’s Block? If so, how do you break through it?
Oh, yes. I watch TV for a while, go outside, play with the dog, anything to get writing completely out of my mind. I find, when I come back to the old recliner, my creative juices begin to flow again. It never fails.
Who was your favorite character to create?
I hadn’t thought about that, but I would have to say “B-roy and BD.” It would have to be the two. Without one, the other is not much of a character. For those who haven’t read my book, High Cotton, let me explain a little. These two are based on friends from my past, Roy and Jamie. Jamie was born mentally handicapped, but he was still included in our neighborhood gang of kids. It seems we all understood his problem and we dealt with it. No question, No problem. We affectionately called him, BD, which stood for “brain dead. ” Jamie’s brother was named Roy, but BD couldn’t talk plain, and he stuttered badly, so when he tried to say Roy, it came out B-Roy. Both names stuck, and that’s where those two characters came from.
Can you tell us where people can find you? Website, social media, blog, etc.
I can be found on Facebook at face bookcom/PJDunn, on Amazon at amazon.com/author/pjdunn. My blog, pjdunn49.tumblr.com, my website, http://www.pjdunnbooks.com
How did you name your characters?
I have explained my favorite characters, but naming others is sometimes quite odd or strange. I have used family members, ancestors, and friends. I have searched the internet to come up names from the time period I am writing about and even researching to find out if a well known person might possibly have been a particular area or situation where they may have witnessed, or possibly participated in some phase of my book. I did this just to create interest, after all…It is fiction.
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Genre - Historical fiction
Rating – PG