Lizzy spoke to me. I had this idea in my head for months of a married woman trying to get her life straight. I struggled to figure her out, just like her husband Aaron struggles. But once we got to know each other a little better, she came to life for me.
I wanted to share part of the “interview” I do with my characters before I write them. It helps me figure out who they are and what they stand for. Lizzy is a complex woman, but totally fascinating. Don’t you agree?
MET: What is your secret dream?
LG: To have my own identity. I love my family and friends, but I don’t really know who I am.
MET: What are you embarrassed by?
LG: My flabby belly. Arg. After Sam it was easier to get back in shape, but with Mikey life has gotten busier and I’m older and didn’t rebound as well.
MET: What do you avoid more than anything else?
LG: These days, my husband. It’s not fair to Aaron, but sex feels like a chore instead of something fun and even being around him reminds me of how much of a failure I am. When I look into Aaron’s eyes I see the disappointment that I’m not helping bring in any money for the family, I don’t have everything perfect at home, and that I’m not the woman I used to be.
MET: What do you wish you could do?
LG: Be happy. I feel like happiness is elusive for me. When I sit down I think of ten different things I need to do and get back up again. I’m always on the go and doing things for everyone around me. It would be nice to take care of myself and be happy once in a while.
MET: Who Do you have a crush on?
LG: No one. I struggle to like my husband enough for a crush on him. I think if someone showed me any attention I’d probably fall all over myself for him.
MET: Sorry to hear that! Last question… What do you believe matters?
LG: Love matters. Nothing else matters if you don’t have love in your life. And not just love from your kids or your parents, but love from someone who makes you feel like you’re the most important person on the planet, someone who exists only to make you smile.
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