Thursday, 23 February 2017

Creating Characters #2 - Adamo de Leone from 'Where Lemons Bloom'

In the first blog in this series I Introduced readers to the way I bring my characters to life in my mind. I create very complete back-stories for each, so that they always act in a way consistent with their past experiences.  Back-story is only touched on in the book, but it informs the way each character reacts in specific situations. Here is the back-story I created for my hero.

Where Lemons Bloom by Blair McDowell
Adamo de Leone

Adamo spent much of his childhood in Italy and speaks fluent Italian. His mother was American, his father, Italian.

What does Adamo look like? Think a cross between Rufus Sewell and Richard Gere.  Adamo is dark skinned and has warm brown eyes. He dresses casually and always wears dark sun glasses. He exudes a sense of being in charge, of self-possession.

Adamo marries right out of college. A beautiful woman who is a mistake.

Where Lemons Bloom by Blair McDowell
While still young he and a friend go into business together and are soon making more money than they ever dreamed of. He has a beach house on Long Island and a condo in New York City. His life is spent on golf courses and in country clubs.

Then his world comes tumbling down.

At 42, five years in prison have aged him. His face is unlined but his short curly hair is prematurely silver. His body has benefited by the prison regime. He’s tall and well-muscled, physically strong. His good looks belie his tortured inner-self.

He has no money, no job, and no future.

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,


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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