Under the Awning,
Frederick C. Frieseke,
oil on canvas, 1916.
I was leaning on the counter having a most pleasant conversation with a local bookseller about many things, including Stone Child -- which she had read -- when , in the middle of our gab 'n giggle, she said, "Lillie sounds a lot like you."
After the usual expressions of mutual esteem, I went away to contemplate her comment.
Every now and then, I roll out her statement like a ball of yarn, and proceed to nose it about, to paw and poke at it, sniff and wonder if it's alive or dead.
Should I conclude that my "voice" permeates, not only my writing, but my casual conversation?
And is that a Good Thing or a Bad Thing?
A "strong voice" is one thing, but does it also suggest something solid, set, and same?
A lack of the versatility?
Do readers become bored with a certain style of expression?
Was her comment based merely on the implied veracity of the story's same-sex POV, the first person effect?
Or on a vague recollection of my former activities?
Or does her comment suggest that Lillie incorporates characteristics of the dreaded Mary Sue?
Divan reflections this dull day.