I love writing dialogue. I think I could write a whole novel of dialogue. Sadly, I don't think readers want a complete story of dialogue alone. Anyway, thought I'd share some interchanges between characters in my WIP. Enjoy.
“I'm Detective Peterson and this is Detective Green.” The female looked up and nodded. “For legal purposes, this interview is being recorded by the two cameras you see in the room. They are being controlled by a Police Officer behind the mirror. Do you understand?
Jay nodded, knowing he needed to agree aloud for recording purposes.
“You will have to give a verbal response to all questions asked.”
“What if I don’t want to respond?”
“Well you’ll have to give a verbal response that you don’t want to respond.”
“That doesn’t make sense, Detective Peterson. By giving the verbal response, I am responding. So it defeats the purpose of not responding.”
The two Detectives looked at one another and Peterson looked at the mirror before staring back at Jay. “Just answer the questions you want to answer verbally, not just by nodding or shrugging. Okay?”
Jay felt like nodding, but didn’t want to push it - yet. “Yes.”
“Good. Now, for the record, could you state your full name and address?”
Jay did and added, “Would I be able to see your official identification, please?”
The Detectives looked at one another again before Peterson spoke. “We're in a Police Station and I have told you who we are.”
Jay shrugged. “You never know.”
They took out their badges and held them up quickly for Jay to see. He only wanted to know their first names – Stephen and Joanna.
“Satisfied?” Peterson asked. The red rising in his cheeks.
Detective Green looked at Jay. “Okay…Mr Ryan. Mind if I call you Jay?” Her voice was soft and inviting.
“Mind if I call you Jo?”
“What the hell are you playing at, Ryan?” Peterson almost burst out of his seat. “This is bullshit. You want to jerk us around? Stop with the smartass comments and just answer the questions.”