Posts Tagged With: Del Booker

The Blurry Line between Author and Character

I fell upon a blog post today about developing characters for your story. It reminded me that people often ask me about the characters in my novel. Most recently, I was asked how blurred the line was between my own personality and that of the main protagonist in my novel, Del Booker. I thought I’d share my answer with you:

On the surface, Del and I share a lot of common ground. But he could have just as easily been a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker. The fact that Del is trying his hand at theatre is by and large out of laziness on my part. Same with his physical description. But I think the real story has little to do with what Del actually does, or what he looks like.

At this point, I’m just another reader like anyone else, and I don’t see any more convergence between Del and myself than I do between Sir Laurence Olivier and that girl who played Buffy the Vampire Slayer – sure, they’re both actors, but that’s about where the comparison ends.

When I get down to it, I tend to think that of all The Call for Something‘s major characters, Del Booker is the least like me. Conversely, I’ll come right out and admit that all the other major characters are just different versions of StephenThomas, the person; and gender, job, age, or what you will, are just details: they might change, but they’ll never change a thing.

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Marketing Blunder or Marketing Genius?

So, I took my sister’s advice and I sent out an email to all my friends announcing that I had published a book. Well, that’s not exactly how it happened. As soon as Trafford.com (the self-publisher I worked with) told me that it was available for sale, I emailed my friends, family and others to let them know it was available. I hadn’t yet received my own copy. Then, my sister keeps going on and on about marketing the thing and that I need to do something.

Then, I got the book. It came in the mail with some additional copies, and I was so excited to break the spine on “The Call for Something” all bound and crisp.  But I don’t know what happened. It just felt so weird. I started perusing the pages, and I felt so… exposed, or something. And it just felt like crap. Like the whole book was like a party turned sour after a night of beer pong and car bombs.

I couldn’t stop myself. I headed straight for my laptop and banged out a letter apologizing to my friends and family for announcing the birth of the novel. I told them, among many other things of course,

“I take my leave in thanks and in apology to those who have purchased my recorded ruminations so thoroughly digested and passed, it seems, more through my bowels than my brain.”

Not surprisingly, the letter resulted in a phone call from my sister, who immediately took to admonishing me for my letter of apology and regret. That led to more admonitions from my mom who echoes just about everything my sister says when it comes to marketing.

More strangely, it would seem, my sister who dragged her feet to order the book after my first email (the one where I was so excited about having a book published) ended up turning around and ordering (not one, mind you, but) five paperback novels, telling the pathetic tale of 22-year-old Del Booker.

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Taft Bridge Photo for the Website

Image of Taft Bridge for TheCallforSomething.Wordpress.com Header

Picture of the Taft Bridge and Kalorama by Josh Carolina.

My sister, who is helping me put this website together, told me that I need to find an image for my header. The original one with this site design has a camel nose pointing towards some pyramids. At first, she thought we could put a picture of a backpack. She told me I could try to find something in the Creative Commons that would be available for free use, but eventually, we thought maybe something less personal to someone would look better.

Those of you who have read the book would know that there’s some reference to any number of places in Washington D.C. Running away from home, Del Booker, manages to cover a lot of DC ground.

Anyway, my sister and I eventually stumbled upon this picture of the Taft Bridge and Kalorama by Josh Carolina.

This is a great picture. When I was a high school student, I used to walk across this bridge all the time. The views off the bridge are impressive.

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