And now… The moment you may or may not have been waiting for… The interview with Mr. McGrove!
Kay: One week late… *cough*
Catwing: …Let’s begin!
Mr. McGrove: *puts down the book he was reading, when he hears me coming*
Catwing: *flies in* Hello, Mr. McGrove. Thanks for agreeing to let me interview you.
Mr. M: You’re welcome. I should be happy to answer people’s questions. *gets a little serious* Though if it’s privileged information I can’t tell you.
C: Obviously. I don’t want spoilers either.
Mr. M: Thanks for understanding.
C: You’re welcome. *pauses* So normally I ask my character how old they are.
Mr. M: *clears throat and adjusts his glasses* That’s privileged information. *smiles*
C: Of course… So what is your favorite thing to do?
Mr. M: It’s always hard to pick a favorite. But I do enjoy going for a hike every now and then.
C: What do you think is your role in the story?
Mr. M: The mentor who doesn’t die.
Mr. M: You don’t want to be cliche.
C: *mutters* …why do my characters threaten me with being cliche if I kill them…
Mr. M: *smiles* We want to live, you want a good story. Win, win.
C: …And nobody dies… Sometimes I wonder if I’m writing this book or if my characters are writing it. *sigh* So back you, Mr. McGrove. What do you think is you relationship with the Seven?
Mr. M: That’s kind of similar to the last question. So to give a different answer, I’m sort of a quest giver.
C: *nods* I have a question from someone else here, “Do you always consider yourself a ‘friendly librarian’?”
Mr. M: That’s a very interesting question. Most of the time. I’ve been a librarian for many years and like to think of myself as the librarian that you can ask about what book you’re looking for and I find it. When I first became a librarian I worried about not being able to do that. But that was mostly just me pressuring myself. I mostly organized shelves and checked people out. At one point I thought that was because everyone knew I couldn’t help them since I was new. Some people did ask me to find them books, I found a couple sometimes, but I mostly sent them to another librarian who could better figure out what to suggest. So I tried to familiarize myself with the books and read as many as I could. And because I tried to force myself to read more and more I almost stopped liking to read and almost didn’t do much else in my life. I had to learn that I didn’t have to read every book to be a good librarian. Also I came to realize that most people don’t ask you to find books for them.
C: Yeah, sometimes we’re our own worst critiques.
Mr. M: That’s very true. I think it’s good to study what you do and work hard at it. But don’t become obsessive or forget about everything else.
C: That’s true… “What are your hobbies/passions”
Mr. M: Hunting down people that don’t return books on time.
C: *nervous laughter* You don’t really do that right?
Mr. M: No. I’m joking. You don’t have overdue books do you?
C: No, no. *sighs* When I was a lot younger I lost a book, so it got overdue. I was terrified I was going to be sent to juvenile detention. 😛
Mr. M: Seriously?
C: *laughs* Yes, seriously. I heard a siren when I was thinking about it. So I just laid on the floor while trying to think about what the rest of my life would be like. But for some reason I imagined juvenile detention as a play room where your parents never pick you up til your sentence ended. But in my imagined scenario, there was a kid in the corner playing with legos who had killed someone… And she wanted to be friends… Cause we were both criminals… But she scared me, so in my imagination I hid in the playhouse… That kinda shows about how old I was. My imagination of juvenile detention wasn’t accurate, but it scared me… XD I ended up just paying the fine and buying them a new book. It was such a relief.
Mr. M: I’m sure it was… *wonders about my sanity*
C: Anyway back to you. What is one of your real hobbies/passions?
Mr. M: Well, I play piano and sometimes build birdhouses.
C: Without spoilers, “What do you personally think about the Seven?”
Mr. M: I think they’ll be able to do what they have be chosen to do. They were chosen for a reason. They’re nice kids.
C: *nods* Thank you for letting me interview you. 🙂
Mr. M: You’re welcome. I had fun.
Thank you everyone who asked Mr. McGrove questions. If you want to ask the next character I’m interviewing a question, you can submit it on this poll.
Do your characters threaten you with being
cliche if you kill them? 😛 Were you irrationally scared
of library fines or losing books?