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Mayra, Hank, and Kimmie Lee

A No Tomorrows Character Interview

Readers, I sincerely don’t know what to expect from today’s character interview . . . or should I say characters?

Our guests today are Mayra, Hank, and Kimmie Lee, the three older children of Annie and Roger Lee.

I saved Nora Lee, the littlest scamp, for her own interview–with her mother, of course. I guarantee you will enjoy hers. She is truly her own little person, as I think you’ll discover.

I’m just not sure about today, though, because from what I know of these three, it’s one thing to talk to just one at a time. Can I keep all three of them on track? We’ll see.

And just between you and me, Annie says Mayra and Hank are, shall we say, combatants most of the time?

But, we’ll give this a go. I have them on the line–and I already hear some dispute going on over who’s in charge of the phone. Annie promised me she’d hover nearby if I need her. So, readers . . . strap in!


Deb: Okay, kiddos, are you all there?

Garbled yelling . . .

Deb: Whoa! One at a time, please. I’ll call your name, and if you hear me, say “present”, just like in school. Mayra?

Mayra: Hank, let me have it! *Scuffling noises* Present–

Deb: So, Hank, I assume you’re here.

Hank: No, Miss Deb, I’m here, not over there!

Mayra: Hank, don’t be such a smart mouth.

Annie: Kids, behave yourselves. Sorry, Deb . . .

Deb: Kimmie, are you there?

Kimmie: Yeah, but no one will give me the phone–

Deb: And–

Nora: I’m here! Are you coming over now, Miss Deb?

Deb: No, we’re just going to talk on the phone. But, Nora, you can go play. I’m going to talk to you in a couple of weeks or so. Maybe longer, but your Mommy said I can talk to you all by yourself because . . . well, just because.

Nora: Okay. Bye! I’m gonna go feed Mr. Bear. Stop it, Hank! Let go of me–

Annie: Hank, let go of your sister. See what I mean, Deb? I’m not sure this is a good idea . . . for you, I mean.

Deb: It’s okay. So, Mayra, you’re fifteen, right? And Hank, you’re thirteen?

Hank: *Snickers* Yeah, I’m thirteen.

Mayra: No you’re not! Not yet, anyways. I’m fifteen, way older than Hank!

Annie’s voice from a distance: Anyway, Mayra, not “anyways”.

Deb: Mayra, I heard something about a weird essay you have to write. Care to tell us about it?

Mayra: It’s not that weird. Anyways, I mean anyway, are you sure you want your readers to know about that . . . now? Don’t you want to save it for when they read our book?

Deb: Our book? You’re a bright girl, Mayra. Yes, I guess you’re right about that. But, I heard it scared your Mom when you told her about it.

Mayra: I guess so. Didn’t it, Mom? Oh, she’s in the kitchen. I don’t know why she freaked out over an essay, though. It’s not like it’s really gonna happen, right?

Hank: How do you know, smarty? Maybe it will . . . maybe even before you write it!

Mayra: Shut up, Hank!

Kimmie: Hey, we’re not supposed to say shut up. So, shut up about it. *Giggle* Sorry, Miss Deb.

Deb: Oy! What a handful you guys are!

Hank: Yep, that’s us, a handful. Hey Miss Deb, do you know what the speed of dark is?

Deb: I heard that one already, Hank. Remember, I was there on the page the first time you told that joke.

Hank: Oh, yeah, that’s right. Silly me! You heard Kimmie, right? She cracked me up with her question.

Deb: I heard, Hank. But don’t say too much, okay? We want our readers to enjoy it for themselves.

Annie: Okay, kiddos, time to get off the phone. Sorry, Deb, but it’s homework time.

Mayra: Yeah, and Mom never, ever deviates from her schedule . . .

Hank: Or ours . . .

Annie: Enough. Get yourselves upstairs. Hey wait–give me that phone, Hank.

*Sound of tromping feet on stairs*

Annie: Whew! I don’t know how you did that, Deb. Did you get what you needed from them?

Deb: Yeah, I think so. We talked specifically about Mayra’s essay. But she wouldn’t give us the title of it.

Annie: That’s because I expressly told her not to discuss it with you. It’s not particularly relevant, is it? It’s just a boring school essay, as Hank said the other night.

Deb: Now that’s where I disagree with you, Annie. I think that essay is the core of your story. And for you–

Annie: Whatever. I think I’d better get upstairs and make sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Nice talking with you again, Deb. Although I think I’ve bored your readers again . . .

Deb: Wrong again, Annie! But thank you for your time. And, Nora’s interview–we’re still on for that?

Annie: Of course. A promise is a promise. ‘Bye!


Readers, what do you think? I know what I think . . . Annie needs our prayers. And that wasn’t even all of her children. Last but not least–as they say–will be Nora, affectionately known as Nora-Bora by the Lee family. She’s the most entertaining and intelligent three-year-old I’ve met in a long time.

Speaking of Nora, I’ve re-scheduled her interview from October 12th to October 26th. I’m delaying hers because I have a special treat for you on the 12th. My author friend, Deena Adams, will be my guest on this blog.

I’m so looking forward to introducing her to you. She and I are kindred spirits, with a passion for writing fiction she calls Hope-Filled Fiction, and I call Tall Tales and Short Stories of Redemption. Together, we focus on hurting families in this hurting world. You won’t want to miss her guest post.

Also, if you missed any of my previous No Tomorrows Character Interviews, you can click on any of these names and go directly to them. Annie Lee, Ellen Jarvis, and Jake Gruber. You can also zoom to the top of this page and sign up to receive my blog posts and occasional emails directly to your inbox.

See you on 10/12/21 to meet Deena Adams . . .

2 responses to “Mayra, Hank, and Kimmie Lee”

  1. Hi, Deb. Love the interviews and the anticipation for what’s next! I’m hooked.

    • Deb Gorman says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Nancy! It’s always good to hear from readers. I wish I could say when No Tomorrows will be published…maybe a few months yet. Have a great day!

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