By Cait Collins
Ten days of vacation really put me behind. I’m behind at work and with my writing. While I was relaxing on the beach, I started my next Route 66 story. I like the idea, and I’m bringing back Ian Thornton from Showdown at U Drop Inn. I figured he deserved his own story, but will he get the girl in the end? I really don’t know as he hasn’t told me yet.
Yes, I’m one of those people who have conversations with my characters. It’s really unnerving to feel “the Presence” looking over my shoulder and saying, “Cait, I wouldn’t do that. And just so you know, I hate broccoli. “
Ian’s a pain when I’m at work. I have a list of letters to review before mailing and suddenly this magnificent Irishman starts telling me I need to be researching vintage pottery and china. “And by the way, you need to visit a potter’s workroom. Your’ description of the process is a little weak.”
I start arguing. “Really, Ian? When do I have time? I’m working overtime. I have commitments. Give me a break and let me catch-up.”
Good heavens. I’m arguing with a figment of my imagination! Maybe I should go back to the beach.