Tuesday, August 28, 2007

And the Winner Is...

Several years ago, a television news crew interviewed a man who had just won $13 million in the lottery. They asked him the obligatory questions: "How does it feel?" (which, in my opinion, is a pretty stupid question -- but that's another blog) and "What are you going to do with the money?" The middle-aged man, standing in front of his modest frame house, seemed uncomfortable with the attention. He blinked, glanced over his shoulder, and replied "Well, we can finally paint the house."

One of my characters is about to come into a lot of money. I'm trying to decide how she's going to handle it. Will she splurge and buy a jar of $12 macadamia nuts like Yvonne in It Could Happen to You? Or will she be a Muriel (from the same movie) and make a beeline for Tiffany's?

Hmmm...

What would your characters do if they suddenly inherited a fortune?

2 comments:

Christy said...

Great way to learn more about your characters!

My hero in my wip would simply apply the money to his business. My heroine would shower her family and friends with gifts, fix up her house a little more, buy herself a good pair of jeans and donate the rest.

Carla Swafford said...

The heroine is rich already. But her mother would want her to spend the lottery money instead. Better than spending the heroine's dead husband's tainted money. He'd made his living by hurting people for the mob.

The hero would give most of the money to his dad. The rest he would donate to the local shelter he works at with his dad, and to a foundation for mistreated/misfit animals.