Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Waffle House

by Bethany Maines

So, I forgot that I was supposed to blog today and instead used my few minutes of writing time to write a scene where two of my characters go to a Waffle House.  But as a west coast resident, I’ve never actually been to a Waffle House.  As a result, I spent way too much time looking at the Waffle House menu on line and now I want hashbrowns and waffles.  Sometimes we hear authors say that their characters speak to them.  My characters wouldn’t deign to do that.  They’re too busy talking to each other. And honestly, if I left them to their own devices they would talk until my fingers cramped up from trying to transcribe.  I frequently have to cut off the conversations so that the story goes somewhere.  That’s part of the editing process, but these conversations are excellent at helping me understand the characters.  When I discover what they find funny, what they hate, what annoys them, and what their hard line stance is on Christmas decorations after New Years, I can plunk them down in any situation and know how they’ll react.  Which is how I know that Jackson Deveraux would be quite happy at the Waffle House, but that he would be shocked that his hoity toity grandmother Eleanor Deveraux knows to order Waffle House hashbrowns scattered, smothered, and covered, but not chunked.  The Deveraux family is full of secrets and surprises, but when I started writing about them I never would have thought that hashbrowns would be one of the surprises.  The Deveraux family, from my Deveraux Legacy, has become one of my favorite group of characters.  They’re a very fractured family that is struggling toward reconciliation while attempting to overcome the periodic interruption of mercenaries, bank robbers, and greedy CEOs.


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Bethany Maines is the award-winning author of the Carrie Mae Mysteries, San Juan Islands Mysteries, Shark Santoyo Crime Series, and numerous short stories. When she's not traveling to exotic lands, or kicking some serious butt with her black belt in karate, she can be found chasing her daughter or glued to the computer working on her next novel. You can also catch up with her on Twitter, FacebookInstagram, and BookBub.


6 comments:

  1. I get mine smothered, covered, diced, and capped with two eggs OM, and wheat toast. There're 20 Awful Waffles (Waffle Houses) within a 20-mile distance from my house in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The one near the round Holiday Inn on the Ashley River has the best view but I'm not certain it has reopened yet after undergoing renovations. The one near Charleston Southern University has the best cook (crispy, perfect, hash browns). :D

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    1. I seriously got done staring at the menu and had some sort of Homer Simpson drool moment. Hashhhhhhhhbrowns.

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  2. When my small-town-boy/husband and I moved to the big city, he lamented that there wasn't a Waffle House nearby. We drove far one morning to have breakfast at one on the outskirts of town, just so he could get a taste again. Comfort food.

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    1. The west coast is completely devoid of Waffle Houses. But I know the feeling if I can find a place that does good country-fried steak... I'm willing to drive.

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  3. Are Waffle Houses always located near Holiday Inns? The one across from the hotel I stayed in when I was consulting with a school over a three year period told me I was their only customer who requested egg whites! Like Grandmother Deveraux, I knew exactly what I wanted.

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