Interview With Emily Craftsman and Eva Connealy (Regarding the Showdown In Isaac’s Decision)

After thebig confrontation between Emily and Eva that I posted a couple days ago regarding Emily’s report, I thought it’d be fun to have the two in for an interview to discuss their thoughts about it.  😀  (This is why being an author is fun; the characters have a way of developing their own personalities as the story progresses.  I have no control over how they evolve.  Sounds weird, I know, but I just have to let them guide the story along.)

So anyway, here’s the interview!

For some reason, Eva wants to be up first.  I know it makes the most sense to have Emily go first since she’s the main character of the book, but then Eva’s point of view seemed to be the one to go with first so I’ll start with her.

Ruth: I see you’re not too happy about the argument you and Emily had.

Eva: How can I be?  I hate confrontation, and I knew with a person like Emily, it wasn’t going to be pleasant.

Ruth: A person like Emily?  Could you elaborate on that?

Eva: Emily’s never been the type to adhere to what’s expected of her in society.  I mean, she dresses up as a man in order to go hunting with Isaac, Wiley and Clayton.  What kind of respectable woman does that?  Never mind that she’s lying about being a man so they won’t know her true identity.  The real scandal is that she’s alone in a wooded area with three men!  I’d die of shame if that were me. 

Ruth: Granted, in the 1890s, this behavior wouldn’t be appropriate.

Eva: It shouldn’t be appropriate in any time period!

Ruth: Well, be that as it may, this issue isn’t why you and Emily got into a fight.  The actual fight had to do with an assignment you gave Emily to write her thoughts on a book she read.

Eva: Yes.  The school board wanted me to demonstrate that Emily is learning while under my guidance, and they gave me a list of things they’re looking for in her report.  While I agree she understood the moral implication of the book she chose, I can’t bring them a report on a book that contained so much violence.  They’d assume I’m not doing my part to encourage Emily to become a proper young woman.  She completely missed the point in why I told her I couldn’t accept the report.

Emily: No, I didn’t miss the point.  I just don’t think a woman has to read boring books to protect their “delicate sensibilities”.  I can handle more mature subject matter in my books.

Eva: Which is why you indulge yourself in dime novels.  *rolls eyes*

Emily: Dime novels are fun to read.  Not all reading has to be for learning.  It wouldn’t hurt you to have fun once in awhile.

Eva: I have plenty of fun.

Emily: Looking at paintings and trying to decipher what the artists was thinking is not fun.

Eva:  It most certainly is.  Art is highly subjective.  Two people can look at the same thing and have two different interpretations of it.

Emily: Which is boring.  I seriously don’t think Ruth can write a romance featuring you.  Why, I can see how the book would go.  Eva was looking at paintings.  The hero, whoever that poor guy turns out to be, happened to say he saw the artist’s anguish in the painting, and the two bored each other to sleep.  The end. 

Eva: Why can’t you just be glad you got Isaac?

Emily: I am glad I got him.  Even you can’t bring my mood down.  We’ll be eloping soon. 

Eva: Then I should send him my condolences.  I can only imagine all the improper behaviors you’ll be teaching your children. 

Emily: What?  Like that they should think for themselves instead of letting their teacher tell them what they believe?

Eva: You see how difficult she is to work with, Ruth?  I don’t know why you paired Isaac up with her.

Ruth: Don’t worry, Eva.  I will write your story, and the man you’ll end up with will be a much better match for you than Isaac is. 

Emily: Are you saying that Isaac isn’t the best hero you created?

Ruth: I’m saying that he isn’t the right hero for Eva.  He’s the perfect one for you.  It’s all about matching up the right personalities together.

Emily: Okay.  I guess that sounds logical.

Eva: See what I mean about Emily being difficult to work with?  I hope she doesn’t show up when you do my book.  Having gone through this one with her is enough grief to last me a lifetime.

Emily: Eva, I’d tell you where to stuff it, but for the sake of the people reading this, I won’t.

Eva: You know some colorful cuss words, do you?

Emily: I spent a lot of time around the farm hands while growing up. 

Eva: The more I learn about you, the less I want to know.  Is this interview over yet?

Emily:  Yes.  Is it, Ruth?  You have some extra minutes tonight and you finished all your word counts.  That means you can work on the scene where Isaac convinces me to elope with him.

Eva: *rolls eyes* Convince you?  I’d be shocked if you didn’t drag him to the preacher.

Emily: You know, Eva, I can act like a woman, contrary to what you think.  Just because I go against the norm in some things, it doesn’t mean I sacrificed my feminine side.  It just means I’m an independent thinker.

Eva: You’re rebellious.

Emily: That’s what the British thought about the colonists before they lost the American Revolutionary War.  See?  I did learn something in school.

Eva: Too bad you didn’t do a report on George Washington or Thomas Jefferson.

Emily: Few things are more boring than biographies.  You would’ve loved to have killed me through boredom, wouldn’t you? 

Eva: I need another Aspirin. 

Ruth: Well, I think we’ll end the interview on that note.

Eva: Thank goodness.  Please never bring me back to talk to Emily. 

Emily: I agree.  She’s hogging up my space with her whining.  Next time feature me and Isaac!

Ruth: Next time I do an interview, I might be interviewing the parents.  I can only imagine how it would be if I put Neil Craftsman and Dave Larson into the same interview.  *rubs hands together in anticipation*

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6 Responses to Interview With Emily Craftsman and Eva Connealy (Regarding the Showdown In Isaac’s Decision)

  1. Thessa says:

    oh Ruth pls end my misery now… i so want to see how Dave and Neil will act towards each other when Emily and Isaac eloped…

    • Well, I wanted to post the story excerpt where Neil and Dave get into a big fight before I posted the interview. It should make the interview much more interesting. 😀

  2. Rose Gordon says:

    Emily: Are you saying that Isaac isn’t the best hero you created?
    Ruth: I’m saying that he isn’t the right hero for Eva. He’s the perfect one for you. It’s all about matching up the right personalities together.

    That’s what I call a lucky save! Truly though, that’s the crux of it. No hero or heroine is the absolute best one ever written and could be just as great matched with another character. They’re all perfect for who they’re paired up with, that’s it. It may not always seem like a good match at first, but for that book and their “other half” they’re the best hero or heroine for them.

    As to the possible interview with Dave and Neil… For as calm as Dave always seemed to be (even when his brothers said some not-so-flattering remarks about Mary), I just have a hard time picturing him calm for such an interview. From the changes I saw in Neil though, I don’t know, he might end up being the more logical of the pair. LOL Definitely want to see (read) that interview. Keep it up. They’re great.

    • It’s easy to have a lucky save when you can rewrite the interview to your liking. 😉 Too bad real life isn’t that way.

      Just like in real life, we never find the perfect person (and we’re not the perfect person either), so I think in that way, pairing up characters is similar. As for Dave, he did punch Tom for calling Mary ugly. But usually, he doesn’t fly off the handle. I was surprised when Neil was accepting of Emily’s decision to be with Isaac. I didn’t expect him to be opposed to it, but I thought he’d fight in it on the grounds that Dave hated him. I think the wives need to get involved in the end, though, to get things on the right track. The men won’t solve anything on their own, even though Neil is making an effort. I expect Mary to be the only one Dave will listen to, which is ironic when I consider how (in real life) husbands don’t often listen to their wives. But hey, it’s a romance so it works, right?

      • Rose Gordon says:

        LOL Yes, it’s a romance so everything can work out the way you want it to, regardless of how it would be in real life.

        By the way, I totally forgot Dave punched Tom. Now, that you said that, I remember that. I also remember him getting pretty short with Joel at the same time, now that I think about it. However, it’s not like he totally went nuts like some people would do.

        • That is true. Dave didn’t go nuts. I do worry, however, if he’s going to come off as being too mean in this book because he refuses to listen to Isaac, but at the same time, I need a compelling reason why Isaac and Emily would elope without telling anyone. This might be the book where people aren’t such fans of Dave Larson, and he’s been most people’s favorite hero up to this point. Ah well. I can’t control the characters.

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