As you’ll recall, From Mia’s Desk hosted Elizabeth Rose this week to answer Ten Questions, and now she and Chip–from her book ‘Till the Last Petal Falls–are here for another interview! Welcome!
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Mia: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Chip: Do you really… alright, I guess there’s really no harm in me admitting that I’m a character in a woman’s fiction novel, now is there? It’s called ‘Till the Last Petal Falls, partially because of me, actually, and it starts when I put out a Craigslist ad for a live-in tutor for my patient, Mister Emilie. Honestly? I just wanted him to have someone new to talk to, someone that could take him out of his slump and, I dunno, perk him up a bit? Make him more alive? I never thought that it would end up the way it did…
Mia: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Chip: Well, like I kind of mentioned, I work for Mister Emilie up at the mansion in Aspen. I’ve been working for him ever since I graduated nursing school, his father hired me straight out. Now that I think about it, it was probably because I was always so eager to trust people… but you know what? I don’t regret a thing. I was always there for Mister Emilie, and that’s all that matters to me.
Mia: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Chip: He shrugs. I’m not sure, really. She insists that I’m her favorite, but I’m also sure that you aren’t supposed to… looks in the direction of the author. Well, alright. She does do me some great justice, always playin’ up my good side, so she can’t be all that bad.
Mia: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Chip: I would say that at the time, it made me angry. I honestly didn’t like the way things went- how could I? When I think about what happens to Mister Emilie I just… sighs. But it’s important, I suppose. I may not agree with Miss Rose on everything, but I can at least agree that her heart’s in the right place. I’m just glad she let me stick to my beliefs all the way through.
Mia: Do you like being a character in the book?
Chip: It’s sure easier than living your own life, isn’t it?
Mia: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Chip: Is this question supposed to be funny? The way I see my own future, I would say I get to stay with Mister Emilie forever, always being able to take care of him and see him grow into a fully-functioning member of society. But Rose knows why that won’t ever happen.
Mia: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Chip: Just driving the nail in, aren’t you. Stops. I’m sorry for my tone, I guess I’ve taken the time to become bitter since the book ended…Well, I guess yes and no. Wherever Jolee goes, I go too- and she’s become quite the fixture in Miss Rose’s series.
Mia: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Chip: Brightens. Finally! A fun question! I would want Iwan Rheon to play me- not the Iwan who was in Misfits, but the 2013 Iwan. He’d have to dye his hair blonde, of course, but that’s easy doing, right? If this is all going to be on camera, at least make me beautiful? Please?
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Author Bio: Elizabeth Rose is a twenty-something college student in Denver, Colorado, double majoring in Religious Studies and English. Though “‘Till the Last Petal Falls” is her first full-length novel, she has been published in poetry since her junior year of high school. To date, she had appeared under her real name in over twelve journals, both in print and online.