Staying on the theme of people making suggestions after they say, “Oh! So you’re writing a book!! Have you thought about writing about…”
It’s the ultimate joy for any aspiring author. But what do you do when a suggestion is made so ridiculous, but the person offering it isn’t someone you can say no to?
Allow me to introduce you to my niece Grace. I love my niece so much that I based my main character in Muse Unexpected on her. So considering I’ve been pulling a Truman Capote on her by documenting the comical yet sometimes volatile relationship she has with her mother, Christine. She knew this and shamelessly used that fact and a ton of guilt to get her way. The conversation went like this:
Grace: You need to have a crab in the book.
VC: A crab? Like one of the characters eating crab?
Grace: No… The crab has to be Sophie’s best friend.
VC: (I can see where this is going and I’m a deer caught in the headlights of a truck) Oh… you mean like a hermit crab that she would keep in a fish bowl sort of thing.
Grace: No. the crab has to be her best friend and it can talk.
VC: You want it to talk. A talking crab? Like on little mermaid?
Grace: Yes. Except his name isn’t Bastian.
VC: You mean Sebastian.
Grace: Whatever. I want his name to be…….. let me think.
VC: I can hardly wait to find out what you want to name it.
Grace: I want you to call it, Señor Chi-Chi.
VC: So not only can the crab talk, but it appears to be from Latin America? Does it wear a sombrero ? (As soon as the words left my mouth, I knew I was in deep.)
Grace: No. He’s a classy crab. He wears a top hat and a monocle ?
VC: Grace, I can’t write that in. It’s too much.
Grace: Please… if the character is based on me, then I should have what I want and what I want is a talking crab.
VC: Your uncle put you up to this…didn’t he?
Grace: Well, I like the priest with the eye patch idea.
VC: All right. I’ll figure out a way. Just as soon as I dispose of your uncle’s body.