Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Creating Characters #9 - Truly Minor Characters

After the major and somewhat minor characters, then there are others who are truly minor characters, people who touch only briefly on the story. I find it necessary to record their names if, for no other reason, when I refer to them the next time I must use the same name. By keeping an on-going list I save myself hours of searching back through the manuscript for the name of the baker, the cousin, the private detective... These characters were not in my plot outline, but they were required by the story as it unfolded.  I simply list and identify these as I first need them when writing. Ever after I can refer back to my list.

Where Lemons Bloom, a romantic suspense novelIn Italy there are: Gino Abruzzo (the thug), Ruffio (the baker)  Rosa (the sister of Rafaello who works at the restaurant) Adamo’s aunt and uncle, Zia Graziella, Zio Valerio, His cousins, Pietro, Enzio, Gianni, and Gianni’s wife, Alicia.

Then in New York we have Michael O’Brien, private detective, James Conroy, Mark Conti’s Assistant and Yasim, the Conti chauffer.




A warning:

There is a final reason for keeping a list of your characters close to hand. Often we, as writers, are working on more than one book at a time. This week I am working with three books, three sets of characters, and three settings. Where Lemons Bloom is now out, available both in print and e-book format. But I am still involved in its marketing. I am writing blogs about it.

At the same time I am working on the final edits for my newly completed book, Fatal Charm, to be released sometime later this year. Another whole set of characters to remember.

Meanwhile I am deep into writing my next book, as yet unnamed, to be set in Scotland. My character list is already long and I’m only on page sixty in the story.

Keeping all those characters straight is an unending job, but a crucially important one. In a final draft of one of my books I found I had inadvertently use the heroine’s name from a previous book! It had been read by me innumerable times, vetted by a friend who does preliminary edits for all my books, and gone through two round of professional editing by my publisher. We caught it in time, but just barely.


Keep a character list for each of your books at hand at all times!
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Watch for Blair's newest thriller, Fatal Charm 
Coming in 2017

Fatal Charm by Blair McDowell




Where Lemons Bloom by Blair McDowell
Blair McDowell's latest tale of Suspense  takes the reader to Italy's  beautiful Amalfi Coast.


"Adamo and Eve are two people who have both been through their own versions of hell. They are both certain that they are not ready to enter into a relationship, but love finds them anyway. Then it takes them on the non-stop thrill ride of their lives."
-   Marlene Harris, readingitall.com




 

When Eve Anderson meets Adamo de Leone on a ship bound for Europe, she has no idea of the dark secret that will endanger both their lives. She accompanies him to his home on Italy’s Amalfi Coast to open an inn left to him by his grandfather. But then she learns he spent 5 years in prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. Could the man she loves be responsible for embezzling eighty million dollars from the investment firm he once owned?

Adamo wants to hold Eve at arm’s length until he can clear his proud family name. But when there is an attempt on his life and Eve is terrorized by a gun-bearing thug, he realizes how much he wants her, and he must accept whatever help he can get to uncover the well-hidden trail of a six-year-old crime.
 

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Creating Characters #8 - Minor Characters, Don Alfonso Conti

Minor Characters

In any novel there are characters who are either on the pages only briefly, who are peripheral to the plot. Sometimes, however, a character who is meant to be peripheral takes on more importance as the story unfolds. Such was the case with Alfonso Conti, a Mafia Don in Naples, Italy. Originally I invented him as only the older brother of Mark Conti. But as the plot thickened I came to enjoy Don Alfonso too much to leave him in the dark.

Don Alfonso Conti

Don Alfonso is Marco’s elder brother and is Capo of one of the strongest and most powerful Camorra families in Naples.  Still very sharp of mind and still in control at seventy, he is wheel chair bound. However if you want anything done, Don Alfonso is the man to see. 

He has been a friend to the de Leone family for many years and has helped them on more than one occasion. When Adamo finds himself in deep water, it is to Don Alfonso he turns to. And it is Don Alfonso who gives him the connections he needs to begin to unravel the plot that now threatens his and Eve’s lives.

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Watch for Blair's newest thriller, Fatal Charm 
Coming in 2017

Fatal Charm by Blair McDowell




Where Lemons Bloom by Blair McDowell
Blair McDowell's latest tale of Suspense  takes the reader to Italy's  beautiful Amalfi Coast.


"Adamo and Eve are two people who have both been through their own versions of hell. They are both certain that they are not ready to enter into a relationship, but love finds them anyway. Then it takes them on the non-stop thrill ride of their lives."
-   Marlene Harris, readingitall.com




 

When Eve Anderson meets Adamo de Leone on a ship bound for Europe, she has no idea of the dark secret that will endanger both their lives. She accompanies him to his home on Italy’s Amalfi Coast to open an inn left to him by his grandfather. But then she learns he spent 5 years in prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. Could the man she loves be responsible for embezzling eighty million dollars from the investment firm he once owned?

Adamo wants to hold Eve at arm’s length until he can clear his proud family name. But when there is an attempt on his life and Eve is terrorized by a gun-bearing thug, he realizes how much he wants her, and he must accept whatever help he can get to uncover the well-hidden trail of a six-year-old crime.
 

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Creating Characters #7 - Monica de Leone

Monica de Leone

Monica plays a small but not insignificant role as Adamo’s ex-wife. She meets Adamo in college and marries him upon graduating. Monica has sleek black hair and a creamy complexion.  Green eyes. She’s a looker—a very sexy woman. And a very manipulative one.

She has an insatiable appetite for money and all the things money can buy. The apartment in Manhattan, the beach house, the jewels, the cars... no matter how much money Adamo makes she manages to spend it and more. They are mortgaged to the hilt.

And of course when he loses it all, she divorces him.

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Watch for Blair's newest thriller, Fatal Charm 
Coming in 2017

Fatal Charm by Blair McDowell




Where Lemons Bloom by Blair McDowell
Blair McDowell's latest tale of Suspense  takes the reader to Italy's  beautiful Amalfi Coast.


"Adamo and Eve are two people who have both been through their own versions of hell. They are both certain that they are not ready to enter into a relationship, but love finds them anyway. Then it takes them on the non-stop thrill ride of their lives."
-   Marlene Harris, readingitall.com




 

When Eve Anderson meets Adamo de Leone on a ship bound for Europe, she has no idea of the dark secret that will endanger both their lives. She accompanies him to his home on Italy’s Amalfi Coast to open an inn left to him by his grandfather. But then she learns he spent 5 years in prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. Could the man she loves be responsible for embezzling eighty million dollars from the investment firm he once owned?

Adamo wants to hold Eve at arm’s length until he can clear his proud family name. But when there is an attempt on his life and Eve is terrorized by a gun-bearing thug, he realizes how much he wants her, and he must accept whatever help he can get to uncover the well-hidden trail of a six-year-old crime.
 

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Creating Characters #6 = Bette Richardson and Ed Richardson

Bette Anderson Richardson and Ed Richardson

Sometimes characters who are meant to be peripheral end up playing a much larger part in the plot than I originally plan in my outline of the story. So it was with Eve’s sister and her husband Ed. I was well into the book when I decided to give them a much larger role in solving the mystery, and to give the solution more punch, I made Ed an agent with the IRS.

Bette is Eve’s younger sister. It is she who suggests Eve’s European trip after their father’s death. She married young and has four children. Two boys and twin boys, all pre-school age. Her husband, Ed, is a solid, salt of the earth type. Quiet, soft spoken. His work -- he is vague about it -- but it’s with the investigative branch of the IRS. They live in Silver Springs, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C., where Ed commutes to work every day.

When Eve writes to tell them she is living with a man in Positano, on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, there is consternation in the household.

Ed uses his position to find out what he can about Adamo de Leone. What he discovers dismays him. He and Bette determine to visit Eve and Adamo at the earliest opportunity and to persuade Eve to come home with them.

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Watch for Blair's newest thriller, Fatal Charm 
Coming in 2017

Fatal Charm by Blair McDowell




Where Lemons Bloom by Blair McDowell
Blair McDowell's latest tale of Suspense  takes the reader to Italy's  beautiful Amalfi Coast.


"Adamo and Eve are two people who have both been through their own versions of hell. They are both certain that they are not ready to enter into a relationship, but love finds them anyway. Then it takes them on the non-stop thrill ride of their lives."
-   Marlene Harris, readingitall.com




 

When Eve Anderson meets Adamo de Leone on a ship bound for Europe, she has no idea of the dark secret that will endanger both their lives. She accompanies him to his home on Italy’s Amalfi Coast to open an inn left to him by his grandfather. But then she learns he spent 5 years in prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. Could the man she loves be responsible for embezzling eighty million dollars from the investment firm he once owned?

Adamo wants to hold Eve at arm’s length until he can clear his proud family name. But when there is an attempt on his life and Eve is terrorized by a gun-bearing thug, he realizes how much he wants her, and he must accept whatever help he can get to uncover the well-hidden trail of a six-year-old crime.
 

Books of Blair McDowell
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