I began thinking of “Lost” and what that meant to me or of how I could explain that in a book. I wanted my message to be relevant, but simple, clear, and not extensive.
I started going down my list of things to say and thought of subjects like school, reading, writing, my MFA program, thoughts…What I wanted to jump out was my writing. I go through the day-to-day enough and things get complicated by deadlines. I wanted my message to be fresh, refreshing, and to come off as light. This was important to me.
So I started thinking back to writing, because this is fun to think about, and I thought of my character “Betty” who wasn’t liked much. I wrote a story in my fiction workshop about an elderly woman finding out all these weird things about her husband , George, late in life. After Betty I thought of Kierik. I thought of “Mindbender” and Suzy in it. I thought of “The Followers” and of the character “Chase”, of “Cherie”, of Lena from “Lean on Johnny”. These were stories that I had invested a lot of time in and to which I had submitted, without acceptance, to numerous magazines.
I therefore decided to make a Missings pages compiled of all the lost characters who got buried due to rejections. I wanted to profile these characters. They took me a long time to come up with their personalities and I’d gotten to know them pretty well. I wanted, in my own selfish way, to pay a tribute to our time together. So, this is to them. Cheers!