Monday, April 2, 2012

Today's Characters are Brought to You By the Letter "B"!

The letter "B" takes center stage as the A to Z Blog Challenge begins its second day. When it comes to sharing characters from my novels who can claim this letter as an initial, I have no shortage of options.  Here are just a few.

Every fairway needs a dog as its faithful mascot and Prairie Winds Golf Course on the east side of St. Louis has one named Bogey. The bull terrier with a long snout and black marking over one eye is a friend to every regular who plays the course as well as to those who choose to spend their time drinking and gossiping in the clubhouse. In Lifetime Loser, the head pro, J Dub Schroeder, and Bogey are the best of friends and the canine plays an essential role in the story.  Bogey is there as for constant comfort and support through J Dub's ascent in his profession and then through a emotional downward spiral that causes him to question everything.

Tuey’s Course features the (hopefully!) memorable character Big Bertha. This satire mocks hypocrites and stereotypes as its plot weaves between the moral criminals at City Hall and those who occupy our communities and streets. Big Bertha is the local meter maid who shows up to harass Tuey for a truck that is parked in an unsanctioned spot. With a large frame and a dose of sympathy, she faithfully follows the orders that are given by her superiors in the police department.

BowTye, aka Tyrone Munroe, was created to fill an important role in Finish Line. The short black man, who religiously wears a long-sleeved white dress shirt and burgundy beret, is a transplant from New Orleans. He migrated up the Mississippi following the Hurricane Katrina disaster and landed in the St. Louis area through a church program. Earlier in his life, BowTye played the honky-tonk bars up and down the banks of the mighty river until he reached prominence as the king of the rockabilly blues under the stage name of Peel It Backe. He’s a regular in the clubhouse, a jack-of-all-trades and a fixture in many of my novels.

Until tomorrow, and the letter "C," have a great day!

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

Stopping by on the blog hop/challenge - what interesting characters! Look forward to meeting more :-)

Konstanz Silverbow said...

Very interesting! Can't wait to 'C' what you have for tomorrow! :)

Konstanz Silverbow
A to Z c-host

Gerry Wendel said...

BowTye is a great nickname!