On The Bench

Our characters weigh in on surprise parties

Characters are their own people, and sometimes they respond to situations differently from their authors. How would your protagonist react if someone threw them a surprise party?
  • Terry Ambrose:

    “Surprise parties are awesome!” says Alexandra Atwood. Or course, Alex is eleven and everything is awesome to her. At the other end of the spectrum is McKenna. When I asked him what he thought of surprise parties, he told me they were great when someone else was the one being surprised. In McKenna’s defense, I have to say he’s just basically a grump.

  • Nancy J. Cohen:

    Marla, my hairstylist sleuth, would probably pick up on clues that something was afoot. She would pretend to be surprised and be secretly pleased by everyone’s efforts.

  • Debra H. Goldstein:

    My protagonist, Sarah Blair, would be excited and go with the flow. She’d be touched that others thought enough of her to throw the party and relieved that she didn’t have to cook/prepare anything that was served.

  • Cheryl Hollon:

    Miranda Trent would be delighted and painfully embarrassed. She’s partly an introvert who has a business teaching painting skills to students visiting the Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. Her extrovert part would celebrate with her friends by supplying some of her freshly brewed moonshine.

  • Diane A.S. Stuckart:

    My character, Nina Fleet, is similar to me in that she really doesn’t like surprises. I think it’s a control thing for both of us. But we’d always be gracious should anyone throw us a surprise party (though woe be to the thrower if they chose a day when we hadn’t put on something clean and didn’t have on at least a smidge of makeup!). 

  • Maggie Toussaint:

    Sadly, oh so sadly, I saddled my newest protagonist with my character flaw of hating surprises. Therefore, I can say with authority that Tabby Winslow would not like surprises and she wouldn’t be too crazy about parties either. After spending all day in retail sales, she is ready to stay home with family until it’s her shift again.

  • Lois Winston

    I think Anastasia would be both delighted and slightly embarrassed.

So, apparently surprise parties are a mixed bag. Some like them; some don't. How about you? Would you like to be surprised? Or would you run screaming from the room?


5 thoughts on “Our characters weigh in on surprise parties

  1. All your books look amazing!!! Thank you for your wonderful newsletter and wishing you all a wonderful day!!!

  2. What a great question! Mercy McKay says she’s had enough surprises in her life and would prefer not to be the recipient of a surprise party, although she loves throwing them to honor others.

  3. Love the question. Andi Anna Jones would first wonder how she looked. Was she dressed right? How did her hair look? Not that she’s that vain, but she’s a slacker when it comes to neatness.

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