First of all, this should have been posted yesterday. I apologize for the delay! Mia just has a little too much life taking place right now.
That being said… please welcome Michael Brown today, who is the author of William & Lucy. We will be joined by William in today’s character interview. Thank you both for being here, and everyone, enjoy!
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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?
The novel is William & Lucy by Michael Brown. I’m the “William” half of the title, my name is William Wordsworth. I am 28 years old and I am a struggling poet with more than a few enemies, both literary and political, who would enjoy seeing me hung as a French spy at a time when England is at war with France. I fall irrevocably in love with Lucy Sims, a 17 year-old woman who is ostracized because of social class and an independent will that is contrary to the mores of her time. This novel explores our relationship and uncovers one of literary history’s most enduring mysteries—my Lucy, the young woman who I feature in my five ‘Lucy’ poems.
Mia: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
I’m grateful that he was inspired to write about my Lucy, the secret love of my life.
Mia: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Thankful, is the word that comes to mind. The author ignored my older years, the ones wherein history depicts me as an dour older gentleman. This tale allows readers to see me as a rebellious young poet, a Francophile as well as political activist, and a youth with fire in his belly willing to fight for his new style of poetry and for the mysterious Lucy Sims.
Mia: Do you like being a character in the book?
Absolutely! When one has had a troubled youth such as mine, it’s rewarding to read an accurate accounting of those tumultuous years!
Mia: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
My literary future as a character in novels will probably continue, I can only hope the depiction is as exciting as the one in this novel.
Mia: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
My author and I are very close. I can even read his mind. There just might by another novel brewing with my irascible friend and sometime collaborator Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Mia: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
I would like to see a younger (because I’m 28) Daniel Day Lewis play my character.
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Author Bio: An acclaimed film editor, Michael Brown has won three Emmy Awards, an ACE Eddie Award and a Lifetime Career Achievement Award for feature and TV work. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. As a TV writer, his credits include “CPO Sharkey” (NBC), “Brothers and Sisters” (NBC), “A.E.S. Hudson Street” (ABC), “Three for the Road” (CBS) and “Piper’s Pets” (NBC pilot). He lives in Chatsworth, California with his wife, Holly. William & Lucy is his first novel. His second title, the romantic comedy Love, Sex, and Other Near Death Experiences will launch this summer from Sunbury Press. Michael is at work on his third novel, a thriller.