One thing authors need to do to craft a quality story is know their characters. One technique is through interview. I thought I’d introduce you to the hero from Entrusted, grocer and town councilman Ben Regan.
Ben, tell the readers a little bit about yourself.
I co own and manage the only grocery store within thirty miles, JB’s. It’s a store my late grandfather, John Bivins, built and ran with my grandmother, Sara. I also am a member of the council. I live on top of Panther Mountain in a log cabin home I built with my grandfather before he got sick.
You don’t seem to be a fan of the senior center. Why is that?
I think it’s easier for Speculator Falls if it is closed. It’s a venue to put sick and dying people on display. It’s too hard.
That seems more like an emotional opinion than a business decision.
The building is old and in need of updating. It should be closed.
Your own grandmother went behind your back and posted the senior center director job, which brought Jenna Anderson to town. How do you feel about her moving here to bring new life to the center?
I’m not happy with Grandmother but there isn’t much I can do. I’m sure Jenna has great ideas but no one could save that place. Did I mention the senior center should close?
Didn’t your former girlfriend, Trish Maxwell, run the center before she left for New York City?
She did. Your point?
Let’s switch gears. Tell us about the people of Speculator Falls.
Sure. There’s my grandmother. She’s a spitfire, and the martriarch of the village. Carla is the sheriff but she loves to play with people’s hair. Noah is her son. He helps me out in the store. Will Marshall is the delivery truck driver and I think he has a crush on Carla. Then there’s Pastor Craig and Brooke…
What about Kyle Swarthmore?
What about him? He’s not a real Speculator Falls resident. He only comes weekends. He doesn’t belong.
Apart from your thoughts about the senior center, tell us about Jenna.
Well, she’s fun. Energetic. It’s probably from all the mocha she makes. Her attitude is contagious. I can see why the seniors love her.
Could there be a romance here?
With Jenna? As hard as I try not to think about her, it’s hard to shake her. We make a good team in a lot of ways. But, we’re too different. And, I’ve been shattered before with loss and change. I can’t go through that again.
You’re a tough customer Ben Regan.
It’s the best way. Speaking of customer, JB’s is having a special on ground beef this week. Check it out!
Okay, well on that note, I’ll let you go.
Sounds good. Take care.