Sunday, April 3, 2016

#Cancer Amid the Fictional Characters I Create - #AtoZChallenge

Today is the "C" Day in the A to Z Challenge - 2016.

With six character-based books and a seventh on the way it is difficult to write a story without having cancer strike a character. Any of my readers will admit that my stories have as much to do with a cross-section of American people as they do with plots. A big part of life in the United States deals with cancer. If the disease doesn’t hit you personally, then you’d be hard-pressed to find someone that hasn’t had a relative or friend or acquaintance that it has affected.

Finish Line is my second novel. One of the owners of the golf course is stricken with colon cancer. The twist is that the battle to combat the virus comes when the victim is in the process of mentoring two teenage boys at a critical time in their lives. Suddenly small problems in life pale in comparison to the fight to survive. Minor events take on a new perspective. Ironically a lifetime lesson is delivered in a roundabout way.

My seventh book, Buford’s Tree, which is under construction, also deals with the deadly disease. A middle-aged high school football coach is stricken. His inner circle is affected as well as hundreds of friends and acquaintances. Unexpected events as well as an intense desire to live drive the plot.

It’s unrealistic to write about life in America without including episodes where cancer has crept into lives of people that we know. Visit the Author James Ross website. My fictitious characters are forced to deal with the very things that we must deal with in everyday life. If my written words someday help one person fight the battle then I will feel as if my message was successfully delivered.

James Ross has penned several novels from the Prairie Winds Golf Course setting. The stories are character-based, cross many genres, and have become Kindle favorites. Visit his website for detailed information, reader comments, and contact links.

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