Role Playing Rules of Engagement: Interviews with Twitter True Blood Players

True Blood on Twitter

WHEN I SIGNED Truly, Madly, Deadly with ECW Press, I was a newbie neither to True Blood nor to Twitter. But in the tradition of great things going great together — peanut butter and chocolate, gin and tonic, Hoyt and Jessica — I shouldn’t have been surprised to not only find role players on Twitter but also a thriving community of True Blood role players. I immediately replied to many that I would love the opportunity to interview them IC (in character) for the book. Hallelujah, they said yes. I’ll roll out the interviews next week, and you can look forward to some OOC (out of character) interviews with a number of the players when the book is available in June 2010. (So exciting!)

The interview process was an interesting exercise. I went in to the interviews as the omniscient viewer. I seen everything, from every character’s perspective. And, because I’m a fan, my first line of questions asked the players to hypothesize about more about the wishes and fears of their characters, rather than their realities. I learned quickly that what they’re doing is far different from a Dungeons and Dragons set up where you are the creator of your role. To maintain character for these players is to maintain the integrity of the characters as we know them, and as they are presented on the series.

As a remedy, the players generously proposed that I take a turn at the plate. Enter Becca Wilcott, investigative journalist! (Becca Wilcott, investigative journalist, who bears an almost exact resemblance to Becca Wilcott, author.) And, that, too, came with its challenges. How do you interview a group of people who, largely, don’t remember most of what happened to them? How do you justify possessing any “top secret” information that no one else knows about? And, as a mortal, how could I even be within ten metres of Bon Temps and not be taken over by Maryann’s powers? Worst of all, how do you appear to be even remotely interesting enough to merit Eric’s time? (O.K, Worst, is how the heck do you talk to Godric???) To that end, you, dear reader, will be asked to suspend your disbelief just a bit, and trust that I had a great time, and that I’m truly grateful to the players for their time, patience, and participation.

You can find a full list of them here:

Click the link below to read the rest of the entry. It’s really very good.

“You know,” she says, pulling a pipe from the side table. “I’m not without empathy for the role player.” Back in high school — Oh, yeah. You’re getting a “back in the day” story. — theatre was a big part in my life. I particularly loved one exercise in which we were asked to create a character with a past, present, immediate future, and a secret. Standard stuff. The whole what are your character’s wants and desires? What motivates them?

A classmate, always one to raise the bar, came up to my locker and threw off the gloves. She was going to be a nun. She was going to read the entire Bible, memorize passages, AND employ an Irish accent. What did I think about that? “Well, I . . . am going to think on that.” The next day marked the first and last time I would ever approach someone to ask if I could borrow their Satanic Bible, please and thanks. I developed Ursula, a German undertaker whose secret was that her clients didn’t come to her of their own accord, she was — dum, dum, duma murderer! I wore a measuring tape around my neck, rimmed heavily in red marker so that when the opportunity arose, I would wrap the tape around one of my classmate’s necks, hence marking them. You’re dead. Game over. More toys for me.

Thankfully, I realized early on that this would be a cruel fate for any actor who had prepared for weeks on end just to have Ursula snuff them out right away. And, if memory serves, I believe my first murder was a mercy killing. (The poor child had already broken character so many times — an immediate 25% reduction — that there was no point in continuing. I had my first victim.)

So on, and so forth. Point being, that if you’ve ever fired up the ol’ Vic 20 on a Thursday night — or any night, for that matter — to enjoy the talents of the Twitter True Blood role players, you’re witnessing just that — talent. They’re dedicated, prolific, and spot on. Celebrities in their own right.

Shortly, I’ll post the back story I created for my character, which just happens to include a few truths about how I came to respect . . . the vampire. Then, I’ll post the IC interviews, a few each day. Who agreed to be interviewed? You’ll just have to wait and see, Chiclets. (I’ve decided that’s my nickname for you all. I don’t know why, but you can hear the sound of them clicking together like long fingernails, can’t you? And they look like little teeth. Chiclets.)

Until then . . .


  1. Bravo! Happy to see you’ve taken to your new “role” with such enthusiasm!

    Look forward to reading the rest of your backstory!

  2. Thanks, S! You’ve been a real pleasure to work with. 🙂

  1. October 25th, 2009

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