Hi, I’m Samantha Ann Carlton, Sam to my friends.
My bff, Lita Jackson, and our friend’s funny Dachshund Petey help* me locate a lost miniature painting, a real replica of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” in the book, SEARCHING FOR A STARRY NIGHT, A MINIATURE ART MYSTERY by Christine Verstraete. The book is coming out in May ’08 from Quake/Echelon Press. www.quakeme.com *(Lita helps; I won’t say what Petey does!)
2 - Tell us about the best friend - gender, age, appearance, how they came to be with the hero or heroine and anything else we need to know about them.
Lita and I have been friends since we were seven when she moved to Wisconsin from Mississippi. She is taller than me, (lucky her!) and slim, with curly black hair. She hates the curls, I say it makes her look like an Egyptian queen or like that pretty singer, Alicia Keyes.
3 - Who does the "best friend" help in the book?
Lita is always a big help to me and tries to keep me out of trouble. That doesn’t usually work, of course!
4 - Does the best friend have a specific purpose in the book?
She keeps me focused. Lita helps us get done faster and sometimes she sees things I miss. Without her, I’d really make a mess out of things! (Not that I don’t anyway!)
5 - How does your hero or heroine feel about the best friend?
I’d feel lost without her. I can’t think of us not being friends. That hits me when Petey digs up an old manuscript. It has funny words on it and what looks like an ancient curse. I told Lita it was no big deal. I didn’t realize at first how much it really freaked her out.
6 - How would your hero or heroine handle their problems or difficulties with the best friend?
I always hope things’ll take care of themselves. Not always a good choice, I learn.
7. What are the problems between the best friend and your main characters?
I like watching spooky movies, but Lita’s a big chicken, so I always tease her. We usually don’t argue, but this time she got real mad at me. She says I’m selfish. I do see what she means about me taking her fears, and sometimes her feelings, too lightly.
8 - Do you see the best friend ever having their own story?
Lita’s a real star and can do anything she wants. She’d be awesome in her own story!
9 - Was the best friend inspired by anyone you know?
Lita’s a one-of-a-kind.
10 - Is there anything else about the best friend that we need to know? Feel free to share.
My friend’s a real bookworm. All kinds of things make her think of some book she’s read. .She likes writing, too. That’s way too much like homework for me. But that’s okay. She’s still an awesome friend
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