As we countdown to the March 27th release of my debut novel GUESTLIST, I thought it would be kind of fun to introduce several of the story’s characters to you through interview sessions. That’s right, I’ve come up with a few questions that will be answered by the characters. Neat idea, right? Yes, I thought so, too.
Today, we begin the interview series with Mare Weeks. Hi, Mare, how are you?
You ready to begin the interview?
[Pause.] Sure. Yes. Yes.
It’s okay, there’s nothing to be nervous about. Okay, here we go. First question. Are you originally from New York?
No. No, I’m from Illinois.
Illinois? Very cool. What part? Chicago?
Not exactly. I’m from Shermer. It’s a little town right outside of Chicago.
So what brought you to New York all the way from Shermer, Illinois?
Well, I wanted to be a make-up artist. I still want to be a make-up artist.
Couldn’t you have stayed in Illinois and started your career there?
Not really. All of the big modeling agencies and fashion and make-up companies are based in New York. Plus, you have things like New York Fashion Week. I wanted to be in the place where everything happens. I also wanted to take some classes at FIT but … that didn’t really work out.
I didn’t know anybody in New York except for this one girl I went to high school with, Kandace. We weren’t really friends or anything but we were Facebook friends, and I asked Kandace if I could stay with her while I figured things out. She said she needed to ask her roommate if it was okay and her roommate said it was as long as I gave them some money to stay there.
So I came out but my savings ran out quickly and I didn’t know what to do. Kandace’s roommate Sharane said she could hook me up with a job where she worked. I didn’t really have a choice if I wanted to stay in New York.
Was this job along the lines of what you wanted to do as far as becoming a make-up artist?
No. It’s at a call center called Sovereign TeleSource. I’m a customer service agent.
So you’re still working there?
Why didn’t you move back to Illinois?
There’s nothing there for me. I’d probably be working at a call center in Chicago. I figure it’s better to stay here in case some opportunity comes along.
What about the classes you wanted to take? Are you doing that?
No. [Pause.] But I will.
How about your friend Kandace? What does she do?
She moved back to Illinois almost right after I came out here. Her boyfriend proposed to her and they got married. I think she has a couple of kids now.
I take it being in New York by yourself has been quite an adjustment.
Yeah. But it’s okay. I mostly hang out with Sharane since we work and live together. And we’re getting a new roommate, too, so that should be nice.
Really? How did this come about?
Sharane put an ad on Craigslist, I think. She said we needed someone to make up for Kandace’s share of the rent. I was paying it for a while but … I just don’t make that much money.
Well, since you’re not yet in school, what else do you do besides work? Any hobbies?
Oh. I started making make-up tutorials for YouTube. Since I don’t have anyone to practice my make-up skills on, I just do it on myself. I just focus my camera on me and I do something different every time. Like, I might talk about how to get a certain look or I might talk about what products I like to use. Like, I really like the new lip colors from FSL Cosmetics, so I might make a video about that. It’s fun.
Nice! Sounds interesting. Anything else you’d like to share with us before we wrap this up?
Okay, well, thank you for your time, Mare. We hope things work out for you in the end.
Thanks. [Pause.] I do, too.
Did you like the interview? What are your thoughts on Mare so far? What questions would you like the next character to be asked? Leave all thoughts in the comments below! And find out what happens to Mare, and more, in GUESTLIST, available March 27th!