Charlie: Charlie, please! I only use “Charlotte” for my driver’s license and Starbucks card!
Interviewer: (Chuckles) All right. First off, how would you describe yourself to someone who has only just met you?
Charlie: I would say that, even though I’m originally from the Midwest, I’m now the quintessential California girl. Kind of quirky, friendly. A bit out there.
Interviewer: So give me a few examples of what makes you happy.
Charlie: I love to run and I’m always challenging myself to go farther. Hiking is cool and I like spending time with friends and my cat, Punkin. Love Punkin! Oh, and I wouldn’t want to live too far from the ocean!
Interviewer: I can totally understand the last one. Tell me, what is an achievement that you are most proud of?
Charlie: Hmm. I’m proud of the fact that I put myself through college and obtained my teaching degree. I always wanted to make a positive impression on children so that gave me the drive to finish school! And I’m proud of the fact that I’ve managed to rise above some very negative circumstances in my life. I always wanted to live in a way that my parents – had they lived – would be proud of me.
Interviewer: Could you tell me a little about what you mean by “negative circumstances”?
Charlie: Well, my family was killed in a car accident when I was young. The only relatives that I had were an aunt and uncle in California so they moved me out here. Life with them was difficult, but I came out of the experience with a better understanding of how to help kids that live in abusive and desperate situations.
Interviewer: It sounds as if what happened to you made you a stronger.
Charlie: Yeah, it did. It made me more determined, that’s for sure.
Interviewer: Okay, so let’s talk about your love life. Tell me what you thought of Evan Gardner when you first met him.
Charlie: Oh, wow! He was kind of a train wreck. He needed someone like me to kick him in the pants. (Charlie and Interviewer laugh) But seriously… the way he treats his daughter, Abigail, showed me that he is a really great guy and worth the effort I put into him. (Charlie grins)
Interviewer: Perhaps I’ll have to interview Mr. Gardner and see if he agrees! (Charlie laughs) I won’t ask anymore because I don’t want to reveal too much of your book. Let me just say that your story caused me to laugh and cry. Oh, and the suspense kept me guessing until the end. I hope others will read it and feel the same way. Thanks, Charlie for being with us today.
Charlie: You’re very welcome. It was a thrill to be here, Oprah.