I am of the opinion that the characters we write into our novels are like the characters that populate our dreams: each one of them is a manifestation of some facet of us, either as we are – warts and all – or as we would like to be.
So to say that I’ve learned something from Naomi Witherspoon, my main character in Seized: Book One of the Pipe Woman Chronicles, is a little bit backwards. I think it’s possible than in writing her – and her friend Shannon, and her boyfriend Brock, and her mysterious Guardian Joseph – I’ve learned less about them than I have about myself.
That said, here are some of the things I admire about Naomi:
* She knows her own comfort level. Naomi is a lawyer who discovered early in her career that she doesn’t like the adversarial nature of litigation. She realized that she preferred helping people resolve their differences to helping them sue somebody. So she lobbied the partners at her firm to let her take mediation certification classes and then set up a mediation practice within the firm. I like to think that I’m similarly self-aware of my own comfort level.
* She is decisive. When faced with her fiancé’s misconduct, she gives him the old heave-ho, right then and there. I might be inclined to give him another chance. Then again, this was Brock’s “another chance.”
* She knows when to quit. When Naomi is faced with a dilemma – either to help her law firm support an unscrupulous developer, or to represent the individual who will be evicted from his land if the developer’s deal goes through – she does the right thing. Granted, she is in a financial position to act on her beliefs. But I hope that if I were faced with a similar situation, I would know when to quit, too.
* She’s willing to suspend her disbelief. Naomi does not look kindly on what she considers to be New Age foolishness, and she certainly doesn’t believe the world will change at the 2012 winter solstice. But when she’s faced with proof that there’s more to the universe than the reality we can see, she doesn’t spend a lot of time in denial. I’m less inclined to disbelieve in the “woo-woo” than Naomi is, but I would like to think that if a goddess tapped me, I’d have the same sort of grace under pressure that Naomi has.
* She doesn’t try to be all things to all people. Naomi is intelligent, well educated, and funny. She doesn’t try to dumb herself down so that people will like her – and, either in spite of that or because of it, people do like her. I am…well, uh…I am too modest to admit to any of that. But I do hope that readers like Naomi well enough to read the rest of The Pipe Woman Chronicles! (Look for Fissured in September.)
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The winter solstice 2012 won't be the end of the world. It will be the beginning of the end....
Naomi has a pretty sweet life. Respected as a skilled mediator, she has an almost uncanny knack for getting people on both sides of a dispute to agree. And her handsome boyfriend Brock has just proposed to her. But a white buffalo calf is bowing to her in her dreams. And who is the Native American man who has been following her around?
Naomi doesn’t know it, but things are about to change....