I was halfway through writing The Girl With a Clock for a Heart when I realized that a character in my story, Irene, not only served the same narrative purpose as the character Midge in Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece Vertigo, but that she looked like her as well. I had described Irene, who is the protagonist's on-again, off-again girlfriend, as having shoulder-length blonde hair that flips out a little, and as wearing glasses. That's Midge, all right, as played by the excellent Barbara Bel Geddes. So now I'm telling people that Irene is an homage to Midge—and she is, of course—but, in reality, the character just bubbled up out of my subconscious. Not surprising, since my subconscious is absolutely jam-packed with the films of Alfred Hitchcock, and has been, ever since I was a kid.
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