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Because I love to know about the origins of a story from the writer’s perspective, I thought I would share some notes about this story with you.
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About ‘Muriel & Ryan’
I wanted to explore the idea of hunting for a mate from a slightly different perspective. Sometimes it’s seen as a game to people; just find the person who matches your criteria and dive in. Sometimes it’s fast, rough and predatory. For me it was. I knew exactly what I was looking and in a way, like Muriel, I found myself merging to some degree with the person I ultimately chose.
I like Muriel because she knows what she wants and takes it, she’s in control and she’s world weary and bad ass. I like Ryan because he’s kind of innocent, kind of stereotypical and kind of a dumb-ass—a lost soul just like all of us.
This is the first story I’ve tried with an internal monologue where the characters are narrating and talking to themselves. It was a hard one to pull off because sometimes I felt it was a little forced, but I always like to try new things and in this case I’m glad I did!