What makes my main character unique?
People are like snowflakes; no two of us are exactly alike. Each of us is unique. What makes the main character in my Malone mystery series, Ann Malone (her maiden name) Kern, the person she is? Like all of us, it’s a combination of genetics and environment.
At the beginning of the series, Ann is a housewife, which is rare in today’s world. She’s married to David, an alcoholic, and they have two children, eight-year-old, Danielle, and six-year-old, Davey. Ann is a wonderful mother and a very talented seamstress and decorator. With very little money, she’s made their apartment on the first floor of an old Victorian a warm and comforting place for her family to live.
As you probably guessed from her name, Ann is of Irish descent. Nana, Ann’s grandmother, now deceased, raised Ann and her older sister, Marnie, from the time Ann was nine years old and she played a prominent role in who Ann became as an adult. Nana was a strong but nurturing woman who taught Ann how to sew, cook, bake and how to make a house a home. She also taught her that family is the most important thing in life, which, coupled by the fact that Ann’s parents were killed in an automobile accident when she was a child, is why Ann is willing to do whatever it takes to preserve her family.
Even though David is now working hard to maintain his sobriety, they’ve been through a lot. Ann has always been rather shy and unassuming and she’s put the needs of everyone else before her own needs. Here’s an excerpt from Unfinished Business, which shows how she’s changed and grown in the first two books of the series.
“Alanon is really helping you, isn’t it?” Marnie asked. “I see a major change in you. You used to be so timid and shy but now you say what’s on your mind.” She smiled. “I think that’s a good thing. I’ve always believed in speaking my mind and, if I disagree with someone, I’ll voice my opinion.
“I don’t think it helps anyone if you pretend to agree with them when you really don’t. After all, we’re people, not sheep. We’re going to have our differences from time to time and I think that’s healthy. So many people are afraid of rocking the boat; they’ll do or say anything just to keep peace. I think that’s wrong.”
“I’ve always admired you for that,” Ann said, “and I totally agree with you. I think it is best to be honest. You always seemed so self-confident, so strong. I, on the other hand . . . . I always wished I could be more like you.”
“Well, be careful what you wish for,” Marnie cautioned her, “and watch out that you don’t become so outspoken that people take offense at what you say. It seems like most people don’t really want total honesty; they want someone to agree with them and confirm their belief that they’re right. Believe me, I’ve learned that the hard way. I’m trying really hard to temper what I want to say with what I do say.”
Patricia Gligor is a Cincinnati native. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, touring and photographing old houses and traveling, especially to the ocean. Mixed Messages, the first novel in her Malone Mystery Series, was published in April 2012 by Post Mortem Press. Unfinished Business is the second novel in the series.
The Westwood Strangler is dead. Or so everyone believes.
Ann Kern is busy preparing for her favorite holiday. She’s especially looking forward to her sister’s annual Christmas visit. But, several things threaten to ruin her festive mood.
The National Weather Service issues a severe winter storm warning for the Cincinnati area, predicting blizzard conditions, and Ann worries that her sister and her new boyfriend won’t be able to make the drive from South Carolina.
Then, a woman is found strangled in Ann’s neighborhood and everyone, including the police, assumes it’s the work of a copycat killer. However, when two more women are murdered in their homes, the police announce their conviction that the Westwood Strangler is responsible.
When Ann hears the news, the sense of safety and security she’s worked so hard to recapture since her attack on Halloween night, shatters. If the intruder who died in her apartment wasn’t the Westwood Strangler, who is? And, who will be the next victim?
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