Tuesday, April 14, 2015

L is for Linda: A to Z blogging challenge

I've got a crush on Linda Alvarez (Luckily for my husband, she's fictional). I'm in good company. More than one of the other characters has noticed her charms, too. Her name means beautiful, and she certainly is beautiful. Becoming a man didn't change that.

Here she is as drawn by +Charles C. Dowd See what I mean?

Besides being a beauty on the outside, Linda also possesses a heart of gold. She's a nurturer.  That's her gift, and her curse. She cares a lot, maybe too much. 

If all my characters are me, then Linda is the part of me that feels guilty anytime I take time for me that I could have given to someone I love. She's trying to balance her life, too.  She loves her children and grandchildren, and, most of all, her husband. When she was transformed into a man, she was sure the life she had loved was about to end. 

She was going to lose him. Her David. Her vida. This wasnt just aging, a little sag, or another skin problem. It had been hard enough to talk to him about ordinary woman stuff. He was so old-fashioned. He thought of periods and childbirth and hormones as mysterious things just this side of magic. Things men were not meant to comprehend. 
I hope my readers will love and admire Linda the way I do. She's the kind of woman I want to be, even when she's a man.
This posting is part of the A to Z blogging challenge, in which bloggers undertake to post every day in April, excepting Sundays, which amounts to 26 postings, one for each letter of the alphabet--preferably along a theme. My postings will all be about my debut novel and my experiences writing it and seeing it published.

Blogging A to Z is a great opportunity to connect with some excellent bloggers and interesting people. I encourage you to check out other participating blogs, too!
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  1. She sounds like a great lady - I hope it works out for her.
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

    1. Thanks! Linda is a crowd favorite with readers so far.

  2. She sounds like a very likable character. I also give my characters my own traits and parts of me. :)

    -Chrys Fey
    Tremp’s Troops - A to Z Co-co-host
    Write with Fey

    1. I'm not sure I do it on purpose…it just kind of happens :-)