The Uncial Letter ~ November, 2018

“Thanks for the Memory.” says Linda Palmer

What makes a fictional character memorable? Are there universal qualifiers? Or is that designation based upon traits as varied as each reader’s life experiences?

Growing up, I read what my daddy brought home: private detective crime novels, westerns, courtroom dramas, and comic books. In the process, I met some unforgettable characters that influence my writing to this day.

My favorite PIs were Donald Lam and Bertha Cool, as written by A. A. Fair. Donald, a diminutive, brainy ex-lawyer was a godsend to Bertha Cool, a stout, penny-pinching boss, who recognized genius when she saw it. Why were they memorable? Because thinking outside the box usually got them their man and, Donald, the girl. And the influence on my writing? Not all heroes look the part.

The westerns I read were by Zane Grey. Since many of his books were made into movies or featured on TV, chances are most people who love cowboys have seen something based on a book written by him. Thinking back, I can safely say there was always a daring white hat saving his lady love from a nefarious black hat. Though modern women might find the female role demeaning, I always get a thrill when I read the valiant rescue part. Courage that resulted in righting wrongs made these cowboys memorable to me. And the influence on my writing? Throwing in a little romance doesn’t hurt.

As for the courtroom dramas…what fan of the genre doesn’t love Perry Mason, Erle Stanley Gardner’s famous fictional lawyer who never lost a case? Perry, his faithful secretary Della Street, and a PI named Paul Drake did their best for their clients, who were sometimes complicated characters with dark secrets. Shocking plot twists were a norm that made every person as memorable as my secret hope that Perry and Della would finally fall in love. The influence on my writing? Plot twists are fun.

That leaves the comic books. My granddaughter recently told me I should be watching Riverdale, a YA series currently on the CW network. When she mentioned Archie and Veronica, I mentally bounced back to the Archie comic books Daddy shared with us. I had to laugh. I’d met Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead years ago. In fact, I was raised on them. They’re memorable because I could relate, just as my granddaughter does now. Their influence on my writing? Write something your reader can connect to.

In Beating Heart, the fifth entry in my Psy Squad series, Dani’s love for her big brother Adam is a driving force from the beginning. She has watched his trials and learned from them her whole life. She is compassionate, protective, and courageous because he is, traits that prove critical when trying to save not just her own life, but that of Ren, a fellow psychic.

As for Ren, both love and loss have made him what he is now, a brave young man determined to do what is right, even if it means sacrifice and danger. When Dani and Ren meet at a World Security League test site for psychics, they don’t exactly hit it off. He’s cocky; she has zero tolerance for that. But there’s more to both of them, of course, and what makes each unique might actually make them memorable.

It’s my hope that Dani and Ren will be inside your head long after you close the book.

That’s my goal, for sure.

~*~

There is something really tempting about psychic talents. And something a little scary, too. Have any of us never wished to be a little telepathic, or perhaps longed for just a smidge of telekinetic ability?

We’d bet on it.

Linda Palmer’s Psy Squad series shows us the good and the bad about psychic talent…ability…whatever you want to call it. Mostly good, though, as her heroes and heroines use theirs to save lives, lock up vicious criminals, right wrongs, and generally make the world a better place. And it’s never easy.

Dani got a new heart when hers failed. She also acquired some new–psychic!–talents. While being tested to see just what they are, she meets Ren, who can read her like a book. Mentally. Even after they return to their far-apart homes, the connection remains firm. They both sign up to help the World Security League, find and capture most-wanted criminals, but before she arrives at the training site, her mental conversations with Ren become less frequent and finally stop altogether. Worse, no one seems to know where he is.

It’s up to her to find him, and not only because she’s realized that he’s way more than just a friend. So she sets out upon a search that will lead her into deadly danger. The question is, will she succeed, or will they both lose their lives? Beating Heart, by Linda Palmer, is available pretty much everywhere ebooks are sold. Get your copy today! (ISBN 978-1-60174-245-2; $3.99).

Once again we’ll be taking December off. Instead of releasing a new title, we’re going to be self-indulgent and catch up on our recreational reading, as well as spending the holidays with our families. We’ll be back in January, though, with a tender, poignant love story in which two people who are deeply in love face what might be an insurmountable barrier to their happy-ever-after. Lisa James returns with the first of two “R & R Blues” books, Have Mercy. Coming 18 January 2019.

May your December holidays be filled with joy and laughter, and good things to read: eBooks from Uncial Press, of course.

Star and Jude

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