The Writing for Children podcast inspired me to do character interviews, and I am going to begin with Cedric. Interviewing a bear can be tricky though, so here goes!
Sara: Hi, Cedric. Tell me about yourself.
Cedric: Hi, there. What do you want to know?
Sara: What brought you to the forest?
Cedric: The circus dropped me off here after an accident.
Sara: How long have you been here? What happened?
Cedric: I've been here for almost ten years.
Sara: Do you want to tell me about the accident?
Cedric: Oh, not really. I can though. It's not that complicated. A burning building fell on top of me.
Sara: Okay, thank you. We don't have to talk about it.
Cedric: No problem.
Sara: What is your first memory of the forest? Were you afraid?
Cedric: It was very dark, but I wasn't afraid, just very lonely. Luckily, I can sleep anywhere. I just curled up under a tree and slept until morning. I woke up to Alize tapping on my forehead. She's been my best friend ever since.
Sara: A bird and a bear. Describe your friendship.
Cedric: Every morning since we met, Alize is the first face I see in the morning. She comes and sings outside my cave until I wake up. We sit and watch the sun rise through the trees together. Sometimes we talk. Sometimes we don't.
Sara: What is your favorite thing about Alize?
Cedric: This may sound cliche since she is a canary, but she is like a little drop of sunshine. She always brightens my day.
Sara: Do you have any hobbies?
Cedric: I collect things.
Sara: What kind of things?
Cedric: Just anything I find by the road. So far I have a couch, a broken TV, and an old car.
Sara: You don't think someone might come back for the car?
Cedric: Well, they left it there for a few days, so I guess not.
Sara: How long have you had it?
Cedric: About two months.
Sara: Finders keepers, I suppose.
Cedric: If anyone ever comes for it, I'll happily give it back.
Sara: Do you have anything to say about Gizmo? You were the first to welcome him to the forest.
Cedric: Well, to avoid giving away the plot of your book, I'll just say that Gizmo grew up a lot during his time in the forest. I am happy to have helped him along his way.
Sara: Do you think people are going to like Gizmo's story?
Cedric: Well, yes, mam. I think they will!
Sara: Thank you, Cedric. I'll see you around.
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