Friday, April 20, 2012

A Russian, a Redneck, and a Repulsive Guy

Roxie and Rayelene are two women who never met but have a common interest--a man. They are both featured in mt fourth novel, Opur’s Blade.

Roxie first called Russia her home. She hailed from an area not too far from the Black Sea and followed her brother to the United States after he made it as a professional hockey player. She eventually settled in Oklahoma City, and Roxie did what she needed to do to pay the bills while going to nursing school. It was in the course of making ends meet that she encountered Owen Purler, an over-the-road trucker from the St. Louis area. They began a passionate affair.  Problem was, Owen had another woman back home.

Rayelene Purler is the wife of Owen Purler. She is a stereotypical, small-town farm girl who grew up off a dirt road. Outspoken and a head turner, but also displayed an obvious naivete regarding the ways of the world through her words and actions. This stay-at-home mom gets blind-sided by her husband’s affair, which leads to a series of irrational moments. I’ll forever love the “country girl” sayings of this character. She was a definite favorite of mine.

Finally, in the pages of Tuey’s Course, we meet R. W. Reeves. He is the Director of Public Works for the local municipality. The main job of this character is to carry out the dirty deeds of the mayor. Bald but with a bad toupee to disguise it, disgusting body odor, and tooth decay make for a rather unappealing character. These physical traits are an accurate reflection of the behavior in which Reeves must engage every day.

Hard to believe we're more than 2/3 of the way through the A to Z blogging challenge!  I've been enjoying every day of thinking about my characters and visiting some great blogs out there!

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