Today I am coming to you with another character interview. This time, I am speaking with Lydia McCarthy, from Journey to the Mountaintop, the second in my Stepping Stones Mystery series.
Before I have a little chat with Lydia, I have a personal update to share with you. As of the date this post is published on my blog, I am in the middle of writing a book to help new writers publish their books on Amazonâ€™s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). This book is designed with the blind in mind. Although I will have screenshots and photos for visual readers, I will share my story and give directions in a way that is also friendly for people who use screen reading software on their Pcâ€™s. Keep an eye out for this new little book coming out in the next month or so.
In other news, I am working in earnest on revisions for the book in which my character is featured. Since I have added a scene, which onioned into another chapter, I am having to go and take out some scenes that donâ€™t fit the narrative and do a bit of onioning within the remaining chapters. Onioning is basically going back through what Iâ€™ve already written and adding more content. I had planned to do that anyway, but this gives me more creative direction in the bookâ€™s story line and character development. Keep an eye out for the closing book to the story I started in Journey of Faith. Keep reading, to see where you can purchase this first book so you wonâ€™t miss a thing when the new one is released. in the next few months.
Without further ado, letâ€™s meet Lydia.
Ann: Hi Lydia! Itâ€™s good to finally get to talk to you. Iâ€™ve heard youâ€™ve had a trying experience; can you tell us a little about that?â€
Lydia: I am stuck in this God-awful truck, with a man who I thought was a kind and loving father. I know, I know, Jennifer told me that he was a bad man, but I just couldnâ€™t believe the worst of him.
Ann: Why is that?
Lydia: Because he always brought us presents and pretended to love our mother, though she never complained about him. Now that I think about it, she always avoided him, so she wouldnâ€™t get abused along with my sister and me. Oh, he spanked us, but I didnâ€™t think it was abuse, but at that age, I didnâ€™t know any better.
Ann: How old were you at the time?
Lydia: Jennifer says I was four, but I donâ€™t remember much about what happened, so I canâ€™t tell you for sure.
Ann: What do you think of him now that youâ€™ve been kidnapped? Is he really your father, or do you think that you were carried off by some other man?
Lydia: Iâ€™m not so sure, but I know that I am beginning to hate him for sticking me in this stupid truck.
Ann: How did you feel when you woke up in the truck bed, with your wrists and ankles bound with rope?
Lydia: Wait just a minute! Iâ€™ll tell you about the kidnapping, but I need to backtrack a little bit. First, let me tell you about the car. I bought that car with hard earned money, from a job I landed while I was in college. Now, it isnâ€™t any good for anything. Itâ€™s off in the side of the road somewhere, and my mother will have to pay to repair the damages, because I canâ€™t afford it!
Ann: Okay, I know that youâ€™re mad about the car, but I thought he ran off with it. What happened after he kidnapped you?
Lydia: I donâ€™t know what happened to that blasted car, all I know is that I found myself in the bed of a truck, rolling down some ungodly road at who knows what speed and I was scared out of my mind. I couldnâ€™t move, because there were boxes of some sort squishing the daylights out of me. I couldnâ€™t scream because of a stinky rag tied around my face and I wanted to get out of there PDQ, if you know what I mean. Wait a minute, though! Before you ask me any more questions, I want you to know that heâ€™s not alone. Thereâ€™s someone in the front seat with him.
Ann: What makes you so sure?
Lydia: I hear them talking about me every time we stop. Iâ€™m not going to tell you what they say, because youâ€™ll have to read the book to find out. I also want to be sure I heard them right before I tell anybody what I overheard. I think I heard them talking about someone being adopted, but Iâ€™m not quite sure thatâ€™s right. If it is, I certainly donâ€™t believe it. However, they talk, and it isnâ€™t very nice. Listen, theyâ€™re coming back, so Iâ€™ve got to go!
Ann: Who do you think was adopted?
Lydia: I donâ€™t know! No! No! Let me go! Â Muffled cries are heard before a truck door slams and she disappears from view.
Ah well, we didnâ€™t get to learn much about the conversations sheâ€™s overheard, but I guess youâ€™ll have to read the book to find out. This gives me a bit of inspiration. Let me jump off here and go do a little onioning and scene dumping, because Iâ€™m out of excuses, so I need to go write.
Until then, check out A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery in Kindle: