#LongandShortReviews #wednesdaybloggingchallenge 3.4.2020

I’m really loving this year’s themes and topics from L&SR! Today’s is: CHARACTERS WHO REMIND ME OF MYSELF AND WHY.

This could be a really looooooooong blog post, but I’m gonna narrow it down to 2!

The first DR. CHARLOTTE MIRA from the IN DEATH books by JD Robb. Mira is a touchstone in Eve’s life. In the early books she shows her compassion and caring for Eve from a professional standpoint, as she tries to get the (then) detective to see herself as worthy of love and respect, and as more than just her job. Eve’s tragic past has been pushed deep down in her memory banks and as Mira works with Eve, she comes to remember killing her father and the horrible events that lead to it. Throughout the now 50 books and still growing series, Charlotte has come to love Eve like a daughter and has shown Eve a mother’s love that she never had. Mira is smart, soso smart, caring, compassionate and well respected not only by the police department, but by her peers. Since my background is in psychology, I love reading Mira’s profiles on the criminals and murderer’s Eve asks for, plus her husband, the yummy Dennis Mira, is just so wonderful I would love to call him my own! If they ever make an In Death movie, I am going to petition HARD to be cast as Mira…hey, we can all dream, right? Heehee

The second character who reminds me a lot of me is one I wrote: GEMMA LAINE from the WILL COOK FOR LOVE SERIES/ A SHOT AT LOVE. Gemma is such a dichotomy – much like me. She is  a successful photographer; she can shoot any gun you give her, and she has two black belts in different styles of karate. She is intensely loyal to her family, yet due to a sexual assault when she was a shy, introverted teenager, she is leery of ever letting a man get under her skin. She keeps people at at distance – except for her family – and uses her snarky, sassy personality to keep people at a distance. She never shows what she is truly feeling and goes after what she wants without regrets. Gemma is my doppelganger in so many ways. I also shoot, have studied 2 styles of karate, and use humor and snarkiness to keep people at a distance. While I may not have been sexually abused at a teen, I was emotionally and physically abandoned by my father, so I know the pain of feeling like you are not worthy or not enough for someone to love.

Let’s see what some of the other authors in this challenge have to say. L&SR

Until next time ~ Peg

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17 responses to “#LongandShortReviews #wednesdaybloggingchallenge 3.4.2020

  1. Good choices… I love Mira. Of course, all the secondary characters are great in the In Death series. And, I can identify with you re: your dad. Mine sent us (Mama, my younger sister, and I) to live with my maternal grandparents when I was 5. I never saw him or heard from him again. My post is here if you want to stop by.

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  2. Good choices. I love reading about how authors compare themselves to their characters. 🙂

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  3. lydiaschoch

    I didn’t know you had a background in psychology. So do I!

    My post.

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  4. dixiejackson

    Also guilty of having the degree in psychology. 🙂 It clearly helps us get into the heads of our characters. Great post! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Peggy Jaeger

    Dixie – it never ceases to amaze me how many authors have become published writers, too! I think it’s because we’re really good at showing emotions on the page since we’re so well versed in them, in character motivations, and with what makes people tick!!!


  6. Great post, Peggy! And another reason why I must read the In Death series!


  7. I’ve only read the first In Death book, but I did like Dr. Mira! Profiling fascinates me so that helps.

    My post

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  8. Great character in JD Robb. Took your suggestion and started the series at the beginning and find I am enjoying the books. We write what we know, huh, in Gemma. I enjoyed that book. Thanks for sharing. Here’s mine. https://www.tenastetler.com/welcome-to-lsrs-wednesdays-blog-challenge-3-4-2020-characters-that-remind-me-of-myself-why/

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  9. Michael Mock

    …I really need to read that series.
    I don’t have the Psychology degree (though I do have a Freud finger-puppet on my desk at work, thanks to recent event at my workplace) but I spent a few years studying Kung Fu, so it’s nice to meet a fellow martial artist. (Even if I’m ridiculously out of training nowadays…)

    My answer is here.

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  10. Very interesting, Post, Peggy. You’re an intriguing person, for sure. This post must have been fun to write.

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  11. Patrick Prescott

    I only had a three hour course in Psychology, but taught it in high school for ten years. It was my favorite course to teach. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/03/wednesday-ttt.html

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  12. Great choices! I love the In Death books, too, although I haven’t read all of them…yet! And I can sympathize with your emotions regarding your dad. Not long after my mom died when I was 11, my father abandoned me and my younger brother. It’s a lot to deal with for a kid.

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  13. What great reasons you give for your choices! Oh and luuuurve the sound of your Will Cook For Love series. I’m off to check it out further!

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