This novel is very different from those I've written in the past in that there's not a single main character. The story revolves around a group of people, all of whom are very important to the story, and all of whom have their own stories to tell.
Blanche is the first you're introduced to, though, and she's the one I developed first. So she has a special place in my heart.
Now, it's time for you to meet her.
Chelle: So, Blanche, tell me a little about yourself.
Blanche: Well, I've lived in the same town my whole life. My dad left when I was little; I remember a little about him, how he used to smoke his cigars on the back porch. My mom raised me after he left. She struggled, and I did my best to help her, even when I was little. She died recently, from a massive stroke. She's the only family I really had left.
C: I'm so sorry to hear that. Did you go to college?
B: I actually got several scholarships to go to college, so I was able to go without my mom having to get a second job to pay for it. I studied History while I was there. Now, though, I'm just working as a teacher's aide at the local community college. It doesn't pay very well, but I manage to get by with it.
C: Is there a special someone in your life?
B: Sadly, no. I was in a relationship for a long time through college, but it ended. I haven't really had much of a chance to date since, or at least, I haven't really made the time to go out and meet people. Now, with my mom's recent death, I'm afraid that my mood is too sour for most people.
C: What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
B: I love to read. I devour books all the time. Nothing like escaping reality for a few hours at a time.
C: Alright. Thanks for answering my questions. I'm looking forward to getting to know you more in the coming weeks.
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