Today's guest, Janet Brown, chose to interview the main character of her inspirational YA novel, Victoria and the Ghost, to find out what Victoria's all about.
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Interviewer: I have a young girl here that’s going through a terrible time. Let’s find out something about her. Okay?
“My name is Victoria Peterson. My life isn’t fair. I never thought that when I was fifteen years old, I would end up away from my mother, my friends, and Dallas. Dad got this really dumb idea to move my seventeen-year-old sister, Marcy and me away from civilization. He even expects me to tend chickens. Can you believe that? Why, my nail job won’t last a month, at this rate.
Now, Mom, well, I’m her favorite. We both love…love….love shopping. This spring we missed few shops in
before Mom’s beautiful wedding. After she and Sam left on their honeymoon to
the Dallas Caribbean, well, of course, I had to move
in with Dad. I totally understood. It’s only temporary until Mom returns and
settles into her new life.”
Interviewer: I see. Tell me,
what are your beliefs in life? Victoria
“Mmmm….what I believe. Well, I believe Mom is the most sophisticated, beautiful woman. This divorce business was all Dad. He ignored her and so pushed her into the arms of a man who appreciated her value. That’s what I think. Oh, and I believe in God. Did I tell you that? And…I believe
is the most wonderful city. That’s about it.” Dallas
Interviewer: What is this about a ghost?
Interviewer: But I thought –
“I know. Strange things happen in
, but every time
I say something, people think I’m crazy. If I told my dad, he’d have a fit.
Christians don’t believe in ghosts.” Clara
Interviewer: But you do?
“I’m not saying.”
stiffened. “Brad believes me, you know? But, I can’t talk about it.” Victoria
Interviewer: Is there anything else about yourself that you don’t want anyone to know?
Interviewer: What are you afraid of?
“Horses. And everyone thinks I should learn to ride a horse. What’s the big deal anyway?”
Interviewer: Is that all?
“Being alone. Having no one that loves me.”
Interviewer: How would you label yourself?
“A good city slicker. (That’s what Brad & Shelley call me.) But a lousy country girl. And,
Interviewer: And, who’s that woman behind you?
The Woman in the background: “I visited
Cemetery and learned about the ghost
of Colonel Specht, a very sad man who built the town, now a historical ghost
town in North Texas. Victoria and Colonel
Specht needed each other. God told me so. More about the ghost legend I learned
can be found at: http://www.janetkbrown.com/2014/09/the-ghost-of-clara.html
’s nemesis, Shelley Halverson, stars in her own book, A Ghost for Shelley, soon to be released by 4RV Publishing. The mean old country girl moves to Victoria . Serves her right, Victoria says. Dallas
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