Thursday, April 5, 2012

Civil War and Angry Old Men are Featured Today

Elia and Easy Earl were two characters who originally made their entrances in my first novel, Lifetime Loser. They are both regulars in the clubhouse at Prairie Winds Golf Course.

Elia is a barber who hails from Beirut and who wears dark hair and a heavy beard with style. The war and violence that marked his childhood led him to flee his home country and immigrate to the United States. His home away from home is the golf course and his perspective serves as a constant reminder that life abroad is much more difficult than life in the United States.

Current events in the Middle East have placed Elia in a whole light for me.  I wonder what he would have to say about the Arab Spring that swept across the region last year and the amazing changes to political and social structures that are occurring.  Would he wish to be back in Beirut and part of the action?  

Easy Earl, on the other hand, is a product of a much more stereotypical American story. He works part-time at Prairie Winds and is a retired used car salesman. He is ornery, opinionated and in his eighties, but can still play the game of golf very well.  You probably all know someone like Easy Earl--an older guy who knows the answer to everything and who you practically can picture yelling, "You kids get off my lawn!"

Thanks again for coming along with me for this alphabetical journey through my characters and themes!

James Ross
Author of Lifetime Loser, Finish Line, Tuey's Course, Opur's Blade, and Pabby's Score
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1 comment:

Gerry Wendel said...

Ha ha! I know easy Earl!