What We Do To keep Ourselves Interested


I write books more for myself than for my readers. I figure if I am not entertained, my reader won't be, either. Author Christa Faust feels the same way

A reviewer recently accused me of creating a “Mary Sue” character in my Supernatural tie-in COYOTE’S KISS. For those who don’t know what that means, a “Mary Sue” is a too-perfect wish-fulfillment character that represents the author’s own idealized persona.

While I freely admit that the character in question is a wish-fulfillment character, it’s a completely different kind of wish. I created that character not because I’d like to be her, but because I’d like to fuck her. After all, we tie-in writers have to do something to spice up the daily grind.


I don't think I've ever created a character in a book or a screenplay that was a personal fuck fantasy figure. I'll have to try that one of these days…but I doubt it will be in a Monk novel.

3 thoughts on “What We Do To keep Ourselves Interested”

  1. Include me in that no-this-ain’t-my-fantasy-partner club, too. I view characters as actors I’ve engaged to star in the film I’m running in my head that tells the story.
    Sometimes the scenes are carefully scripted, others are improv, but at the end of the day I’d rather just have a beer with the actors and discuss how things should go for the next scene or if they’d like to refine what’s already there.
    Hmm. There seems to be an awful lot of actors living in my head. I hope I don’t have to actually *pay* them!


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