Introducing Naomi Waters

Life is hard. Writing is hard. January was a tough month for me, but I’m hopeful February will be better!

I’d like to introduce Naomi Waters, the main character of the new manuscript I’m writing, Wheeling the Halls. Here is her interview:

Q: Hi, thank you for joining me today! Can you tell me your name?

Naomi Waters. And thanks for having me!

Q: How old are you, Naomi? And where do you go to school?

I’m 17 and I go to Olympus High.

Q: What grade are you in?

I’m a senior.

Q: Are you excited to graduate?

Definitely! *giggles*

Q: What are your plans for after high school?

I’m planning to go to community college to study psychology.

Q: Good for you! Are you in any clubs or participate in any sports at school?

I am part of the newspaper team.

Q: That’s great! So, Naomi, what would you say is the first thing people notice about you?

My red hair. Or my yellow wheelchair.

Q: If you don’t mind me asking, why do you use a wheelchair?

I have cerebral palsy.

Q: What is cerebral palsy? I’m sure our readers would like a better understanding.

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect movement, muscle tone, or, uh, posture.

Q: Were you born with it?

Yes I was.

Q: What is one thing you would like people to know about your disability?

Hm. Uh, you don’t need to get down to my level to talk to me and you don’t need to pat me on the head!

Q: Good to know. What are your hobbies outside of school?

Um, I like to work out and go to the movies. Or work at my family’s restaurant.

Q: Do you have a favorite movie or TV show?

I like all kinds of movies. My favorite show is Chicago Fire.

Q: Who do you usually go to the movies with and hang out with?

My best friend Raven.

Q: You mentioned your family’s restaurant? It’s quite a famous spot! How often do you work there?

Part-time. A couple of times a week.

Q: Ever seen anyone famous there?

I haven’t, but my parents have a few times. Actually, the new kid at my school was there, um, the other day while I was working. He’s kinda famous.

Q: Oh? What’s he famous for?

He’s famous online, I think. I’m not really sure.

Q: Interesting. Do you have any siblings? Pets?

I have two older brothers, Owen and Tyler. I have a chocolate lab named Cappie.

Q: Aww, labs are great! I bet your brothers get on your nerves, huh?

*Laughs* They’re not too bad.

Q: Do they work at the restaurant too?

Owen does.

Q: Well, we have time for only a couple more questions. If you had one wish, what would it be, Naomi?

I would bring my grandpa back. He was murdered when I was eleven and the case was never solved.

Q: I’m so sorry to hear that! Were you two close?

Yeah.

Q: Well, I hope your family gets closure! To wrap things up, what are your plans after finishing this interview?

I’ll probably work out or finish my article assignment for the school’s newspaper. I’ve been a little distracted lately, so, uh, now I’m behind.

Good luck, Naomi!

Naomi Waters