Monday, April 14, 2008


















Ever Meet A Character from your Own Book?



Can you see me grinning? Yesterday I spoke on a panel at Elms College in Massachusetts - they have a new Masters program in Autism. Very cool. John Robison was there - and wowed the group with his insight, humor and Aspergian charm.


When we finished up I walked toward the back of the auditorium and caught sight of a handsome man with a crew cut and shiny silver badge and a gun strapped into a shoulder holster. SUPER TROOPER FROM MY BOOK! OK, it wasn't really Rick Strohmeyer, Mass. State Police Trooper and character in my book. It was the Trooper named Matt that John introduced me to last Fall who gave me such wonderful technical input for my book. He came to the event to see John in action, and perhaps to catch glimpse of the writer lady who asked him a million dumb questions.


Trooper Matt is quite handsome, I don't mind telling you. I wanted to ask him to turn around, show me his gun, take off the badge and let me feel it and on and on. You know, research. I'm a professsional writer, people. Matt is is not the fictional Rick Strohmeyer. As you know, "All persons appearing in this book are fictional and any similarities to real people are purely coincidental." Even that nasty neighbor chick who lives across the street from my protag. Uh huh...


Trooper Matt flies helicopters. He did not fly a "chopper" (ooooh, Kim uses the lingo!) to the event. He rode a motorcycle. Equally cool in my vanilla, minivan life. He has two sons, 10 and 7. And seems to be a damn good guy.


So yesterday a bit of my book came to life. And for once it wasn't just the autism!

9 comments:

kim said...

I agree -- very cute!

Petra said...

Oooohhh....

Can I do your research FOR you next time, please???

Kim Stagliano said...

No, Petra, but you can speed up and down the Turnpike in Western Mass to see if Matt doesn't pull you over. I'd suggest a teensy bit of white powder in your cleavage (damn you and your decolletage!) That should get his Trooperly radar going. Of course, it will be Stevia. But he won't know that until he checks....

PS - he will be reading this blog, I'm sure. So, Hi, Matt! LOL!

Petra said...

Hi Matt!

If you ARE reading this blog, can I have your autograph? I have the perfect spot for it...

(right back at ya Kimmy dear)

Kim Stagliano said...

LOL! Two perfect spot? Beyotch!

I, on the other hand, provide a smoooth (flat) surface. Sigh....

Petra said...

Bwahahaha.. But truly, which one do you think provides the better 'writing surface'?

(and then to think that -I- am the flat chested one in MY family; my sister and mom always felt sorry for me..).

'K... nuff fooling around (oooh, I wish..). Time to go help Z with his homework.

Michelle O'Neil said...

Work that character Kim.

Work it!

Adaora A. said...

LMAOOOOOOOOOOOO.

I love this blog. Kim you are so full of win.

He is not bad at all. I definetly would agree.

Million dollar question:

did you get this chaps digits?

Kim Stagliano said...

Adaora! Of course not! He's married. I'm married. And I'm not actually lusting after him (no offense, Matt.) I'm just tickled pink that the Trooper who helped me is as handsome as the Trooper in my book. Really. Did I get his digits...... You are too funny! :)