Saturday, June 30, 2012

Back To The Characters -- Meet Lynn Dumain

Lynn Dumain, BSN, MSN works alongside Dr, Jonathan Harding in the Dallas hospital surveys which lead them both into big time trouble. She works closely with Special Agent Peter Larsen to untangle the hospital mayhem while he gets to the bottom of a hospital-related illegal drug import business.

"Fifty years old, Lynn was a living poster girl for nursing: smart, kind, and caring. She wore a pale yellow linen business suit over a dark tan blouse, colors which enhanced the deep brown of her eyes."

"Her makeup was minimal and expertly applied to set off the smooth skin and pleasing features of her face. Medium height and five or six pounds over her preferred weight, Lynn kept her short brown hair in a flip cut, easier to manage, she'd once told Jonathan, when you're on the road much of the time."

"In her surveyor role, Lynn was also a teacher, and she liked that. Through the years she had remained a learner as well as a teacher, and she had learned many everyday practical keys to surveyor success. Wear clothes that travel well. Comfortable shoes. Short, simple styling for her straight brown hair. She'd learned many travel tips as well, like how to lift her luggage into an airplane's overhead bin--not likely anyone would help with that challenge."

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

An Exciting Weekend in Austin!

The Agents Conference of the Writers' League of Texas in Austin last weekend was well executed and it was very successful for CONDITIONAL. Audio support for the large general sessions was poor and hearing the speakers and panelists was problematic--largely because few remembered to speak directly into their microphones in that huge meeting room. Nevertheless, the content was great. The smaller breakout sessions were excellent, notably those addressing agent-author relationships, character development for novel to film conversion, and team efforts for self-publishing. Alan Rinzler's keynote address was inspiring. He convinced all of us that now IS the best time ever to be an author--more than ever before authors are in control of the publication process for their work, he says.

I had scheduled two one-on-one consultations with New York based literary agents to explore representing CONDITIONAL to traditional publishing houses and to film makers, both as complements to its already existing self-publication. To my great joy, both agents responded to my verbal pitch by asking to see the entire manuscript, and I'm sending it off electronically to each of them today. This might open heady new venues of distribution for CONDITIONAL.... Fingers crossed!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Writers' Conference This Weekend

Heading to Austin today for the weekend-long Agents Conference of the Writers' League of Texas. The agenda promises some interesting symposia on various aspects of the writing craft and book marketing. I've scheduled two consultations with New York based agents--I'm looking for representation to introduce CONDITIONAL to traditional publishers and to film makers. The weekend will offer endless opportunities to interact face-to-face with literary agents and other writers.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Here's Peter Larsen!

Peter Larsen is the second lead in CONDITIONAL. He collaborates with the medical team to to rescue their kidnapped colleague and to unravel Laurence Sullivan's surreptitious link to the Mexican drug cartels. He first appears in a hospital emergency room:

"See that young guy in the blazer? The good looking blond guy. He's FBI...Special Agent Larsen, he told me. They brought in a man with an abdominal stab wound--some kind of drug deal that went bad."

"Peter was in his early thirties and very good looking. Clean cut, all American boy-
next-door type. Tall, six-one, six-two. Tight body and lots of sandy blond hair, thick and close-cropped. Smooth sun-tanned face, and the most strikingly blue eyes a person could imagine. His big smile showed straight even rows of white teeth, and he wore a light weight khaki-tan suit with a white shirt, button-down collar, and a black knit tie. Jonathan noticed he was chewing gum Gum? That's Peter, alright."

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Meet CONDITIONAL's Main Character

Let’s have a look at Dr. Jonathan Harding. Those who've read UNANNOUNCED know Jonathan is a 58-year old retired surgeon who lives in San Antonio. White-haired since his early thirties, he is a hospital accreditation surveyor for The Joint Commission. Same as in UNANNOUNCED, Jonathan is the protagonist of CONDITIONAL which takes place in the Dallas metroplex.

“Maybe he should have just moved ahead to retire from medicine and write fiction like he’d wanted to do. …But the powers that be at JCAHO and his friend, Peter Larsen, had twisted his arm a bit to persuade him it was a good idea to accept this one final survey assignment.”

“Jonathan was a social liberal, but a fiscal conservative. …Tall, trim, and hazel-eyed, he wore his usual conservative three-button single-breasted suit with a blue oxford shirt, button down collar, and a rep-striped tie in a slender four-in-hand knot.”

The novel’s plot thickens and Jonathan foresees trouble. “As the night wore on, dreams crept into Jonathan’s sleep. Frightening dreams. Dreams of danger. Dreams of racing down a freeway, driving fast in an unfamiliar car. A two-tone gray sports car, convertible top open. Darkness. Faster. Something, or somebody chasing him. More speed seemed the only way to safety—faster and faster. Then, in the dream, the sports car spun out of control and Jonathan crashed."

"He couldn’t move—couldn’t climb out from under the steering wheel, could not release the seat belt. Injured, he dreamed, but alive. The freeway was deserted, no other cars around. Suddenly, in the dream, hands were all over him. They pulled at his arms and legs, tried to get him out of the car.”