A little bit of housekeeping...
You're going to see this title on the blog pretty often.
Tea Time is when the characters give you, the readers, the inside scoop. If you've read Rabbit's Lucky Number, you already have an idea of what the characters are like through Rabbit's eyes, so this will be a bonus. If you have not read the book, you'll have advanced knowledge of what the characters are like in their own words.
Tea time is kind of inspired by Shonda Rhimes. Okay, it's totally inspired by Shonda Rhimes.
Back in the first season of Grey's Anatomy, at the end of each show, I was a fiend! The next day at work, I would call my girlfriends, scour the blogs and the message board at ABC to see what people were saying. The story line was awesome, but the show was so much about the characters that I just had to know more. There would even be something of an explanation by the writer of the specific show, and that would satisfy me. For a spell.
I always thought that if I'd had a show, I'd want to say more about my characters after the fact, because there is always so much more to say, without overkill, of course. It's been many years since I actively watched Grey's but that feeling was so crazily intense that I never forgot it!
As a writer, when a book is done, it's done. There's always the sequel, but I learned something from waiting for my baby niece to make an arrival this past September. Due dates mean nothing. You can have all the plans in the world, if the baby ain't ready, she ain't comin' out. (Yes, I know it's "isn't ready.")
Then it occurred to me: Duh! I don't need a show. Or a sequel. (Right now.) I've got a blog! Hello!
Here, it is so much fun for me to let the characters keep talking outside of a story line; like catching up with an old friend. It's cool to be able to let them tell you about defining moments in their own lives, how they feel about each other, and how they cope with the madness that is life.
It's also really cool for them to give sneak peeks into their future... :-)
If you have a question for a character, ask it in the comments! Some things we'll let them answer, some things...well they're none of your business!
Sip on, Sweet Peas!