The fact is that if you are looking for characters for your book, just lean up against your car at the rest stop and pick a few for your next novel or short story.
Go to Fred’s, or heaven help you, Walmart at midnight.
Once we got in late from a trip, stopped at a KFC around 9 p.m., and my husband and senior partner got into a fascinating conversation with a 94-year-old veteran and widower, who liked to go to restaurants late. This veteran had created groundbreaking technology during WWII. Yes, we checked him out. He was a walking legend.
Some years back, I recall a retired English teacher who dropped by my editor’s desk to share a photo of her Scottie sitting in a high chair having supper with her. “Here,” she said, handing me a painted rock. “I just wanted you to have this. I like to share these with my friends.” The rock read: “Time and tide wait for no man.” Geoffrey Chaucer.
I kept that rock for 10 years. Now I can’t find it. So I may have to go find a nice flat rock and paint it myself for my desk in our new office.
She should be in my novel, and in fact, she probably will be, along with a guy walking his pet rat. Life is just strange the way it offers up characters who are treasures like the people we just run across every day — if only we take the time.
And if we don’t, well, you know. A moment that passes never comes your way again.
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