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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

D is for David


"“Smelly,” Nik said loudly as he sat down heavily next to David. “How’s it going?”

They all thought it was hilarious to call him ‘Smelly’ because of his surname. The stupid bastards didn’t even know what lavender was until he explained it. He had used gestures to indicate it smelled good. Unfortunately, they had interpreted his actions as applying to a bad smell and that cracked them up.

-          Loathe Your Neighbor ch.3

 

The name David means “beloved”. It is my name and, by pure coincidence, also the name of the main character in my novel, Loathe Your Neighbor. David Lavender, Dave to his friends, and Smelly to his workmates is an ordinary man living an ordinary life. He does however have an extraordinary ability to make bad decisions. He is an amalgam. A character with whom every reader can relate. Readers will either say I am him, or I know him. I hope the characters I have created agitate the emotions of readers. Charles Darwin said that “a novel does not come into first class unless it contains some person whom one can thoroughly love, and if a pretty woman, all the better.” There are two strong and beautiful women in Loathe Your Neigbor. I invite you to read it and fall in love with them, just as David Lavender did. Maybe you will even love David…or at least loathe him.

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like an intriguing character. The ones you don't know whether to love or hate are always the best. Our contradictions make us real.

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    1. Very well said. Thanks for visiting. Ambiguity is delicious.

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  2. I agree that David sounds like an interesting character. Thank you for stopping by my blog. :)

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  3. A likable every-guy who's life suddenly goes amiss because of something beyond his control is such a cliche. Give me a protag who makes bad decisions and is then forced to deal with the consequences. David Lavender sounds very compelling.

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    1. I agree. Most of us make trouble for ourselves and try to blame others, or lay it at the feet of "the gods' whoever they might be.

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  4. This sounds like my kind of story! I love characters with depth.
    Connie
    Checkin' in from the A to Z Challenge.
    Peanut Butter and Whine

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