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Five Things About Mitch

By request, Five Things About Mitch!

1. Mitchell Thomas Sorley was born on April 5, 1892 on a farm just outside of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Civil War is the same distance behind him as World War II is to Gen X readers, and Vietnam is to Millennial readers. Mitch is the oldest of seven children, which is a fairly average size for a farm family in those days. They are, in order, Rob (known as Doc), Frank, Madeline (known as Maddie), Michael, Charles (known as Charlie) and Evelyn. Evelyn in particular idolized her big brother, and losing him to the war was a shadow on her childhood. Mitch is the only one of his brothers to have served in World War I. We'll see more of Mitch's family in upcoming books.

2. Mitch gets a lot of mileage out of playing the big, dumb hick, but his education is second only to Jerry's in the Lodge. Mitch graduated in 1914 from Duke University (then called Trinity) with a degree in Classics. That's why, when Jerry brought the curse tablet with them in Lost Things, Mitch said that he could have read it himself in the time Jerry was gone. Mitch may not read Demotic or heiroglyphics, but he certainly reads Latin!

3. Mitch's high school girlfriend, Evie, is in the Ziegfield Follies. In the original draft of Lost Things there was a section with Evie in New York, but we took it out because it slowed the book down too much at that point to have a long visit with Mitch's ex-girlfriend. I really liked her, and I hope Evie will be back in a later book.

4. I've heard a variety of fancasts for Mitch, but my mental image is Ben Browder and I can't see anybody else. Also, Mitch speaks with Ben's real accent -- and my own -- as Mitch is from squarely in the middle of where Ben and I are both from, twenty miles from each.

5. One of the most research intensive aspects of the books for me have been Mitch's injuries. I am absolutely committed to getting it right, as the impact of genital injuries on veterans is an ongoing, enormous issue that is still very much under the carpet, in part due to the privacy of those who have suffered them. I hope that telling Mitch's story will help in some small way. I was very pleased, however, when one reviewer said that Silver Bullet had "the best description of what prostate massage feels like I’ve read anywhere." That really made my day, as I sweated over that scene for weeks!

Once again, if you'd like to try Lost Things and meet Mitch and the gang for free, I have a couple of download codes left!


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Sep. 26th, 2014 12:08 pm (UTC)
*cough* I think you mean 1882...
Sep. 26th, 2014 12:13 pm (UTC)
1892! That's what I meant! :)
Sep. 26th, 2014 12:24 pm (UTC)
Mitch is so smart. I knew he was, I just figured he likes having most folks underestimate him until he's got them figured out.
Ben Browder? I'm down with that :) Also I do commend you for handling Mitch's PTSD and his injuries with such care.
Sep. 26th, 2014 02:30 pm (UTC)
He really is. He just knows how to take advantage of people's prejudices. They do underestimate him, and that's a weakness.

Ben Browder. I just can't see anyone else! And don't you know he'd love being Mitch?

I'm glad you think we've handled it well. We've really tried to.
Sep. 26th, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
I'd love one of the codes, if possible.
Sep. 26th, 2014 02:31 pm (UTC)
Absolutely! I'll private message it to you.
Sep. 27th, 2014 04:28 am (UTC)
Ah, up until now I had a 40-ish Harrison Ford firmly in my mind for Mitch, but I'm very happy to change!!!! And the scene with Stasi and Mitch was a wonderful way to end the book, rather than a more traditional cliff-hanger resolution.
Sep. 30th, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Mitch
There is certainly a lot to be said for 40ish Harrison Ford! (My first crush!) :)

I'm glad you liked the ending. Mitch and Stasi have really earned it. It's time for a well deserved happy ending!

Wind Raker has a happy ending too. Oath Bound... I am suspecting it will be a mixed bag.
Oct. 3rd, 2014 06:25 am (UTC)
I've definitely seen Mitch as played by Ben Browder from the start. :) Loved the way you handled the ongoing impact of his injuries. It's not what defines him, but it's an important part of his life, and how his relationship with Stasi progresses feels so honest and true.
Oct. 7th, 2014 02:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I appreciate it a lot. I love writing his relationship with Stasi, and as we go on I don't think it will be less interesting because it's an established relationship. And of course ongoing, the impact of his experiences, both good and bad....
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