Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Fourth Letter Brings Four Characters of Note

 Welcome to the letter "D" and the opportunity I am taking to review some of the characters I've created over the past several years with my five published novels.  I'm enjoying this exercise so far and hope that you are learning more about how I approach my work.

One of the mainstays in the clubhouse at Prairie Winds Golf Course is Doc. His real name is Everett Rhymes and he hails from the area of the United States where Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado intersect. He has a veterinarian practice and, after focusing on farm animals for a good part of his career, he has shifted his attention to domestic animals. He is a very good golfer and, more importantly, a stabilizing influence on the unusual personalities around him.

Dickie Doo made his debut in Opur’s Blade. He is a good golfer in his own right but his full-time job now is as the caddy for Tank Oglethorp, the number one player in the world. During a tense round of golf Dickie Doo serves as a cocky alter-ego to the best player the game has seen.

Daddy Mack is a character I created to lead the house band at Stub’s Missing Digit. The bar is located on the banks of the Mississippi river and the water serves as the backdrop to the stage. Daddy Mack is noted for his cowboy hat and he has a bass voice that makes the women melt. He first appeared in Opur’s Blade and also steals a few scenes in Pabby’s Score.

D. Wayne Smith, who readers meet in Tuey's Course is considerably luckier than many others in his neighborhood. He owns his own business and referees college football games in his spare time. He is accused of sharing an “better than you” air with his peers, as his character is intended to provoke discussion about the controversial and unfair notion those who are successful out of poor circumstances have somehow betrayed their community.

On a serious note, the medical condition of dementia plays an important role in Pabby’s Score. An elderly relative of one of my regular characters is afflicted by this descent into confusion and forgetfulness. The disease offers pause to those who come in contact with this person and serves as a reminder that one person's illness affects so many friends and family around them.

See you tomorrow!

James Ross
Author of Lifetime Loser, Finish Line, Tuey's Course, Opur's Blade, and Pabby's Score
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Unknown said...

What great names your characters have! Daddy Mack and Dickie Doo :-)

Andi-Roo said...

Gosh, I just LOVE your characters' names! Very cool --- & helping me to be more imaginative with what I call my characters, so thank you! :)

Andi-Roo /// @theworld4realz