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#MFRW author…My first love.

I know I say this every week, but this topic could definitely go in a couple of different directions. Let me throw a dart on the wall and choose the specific first love I want to write about today.

Hmmmmmm…….

Okay, first book boyfriend love. That’s a goodie.

You may be surprised to know it wasn’t Rhett Butler from Gone with The Wind,

   

or Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

even though those are the two romance books that set me on my chosen course. Nope. My first book dream lover was Brian Beldon

from the Trixie Beldon mystery series.

You all know I grew up in my local library from the time I was 8 years old. My librarian mamas were forever pointing me in the correct age group destination for books for me to read. I discovered Trixie Beldon and her family at the age of 9.

Brian Beldon, the oldest of the 4 Beldon kids, was 16 in the first book. He had movie theater good looks which were described as dark-eyed, dark-haired, and handsome, and he was the kid everyone looked to for guidance and advice. He was the one who always kept a cool head in the storm that was mischievous Trixie and her friends. He was the perfect older brother. I always imagined he would grow up to be a dashing doctor because he was forever giving first aid to his siblings and anyone else who was injured. I dreamed a little girl’s dream of someday growing up and marrying a doctor just like Brian.

To a nine-year-old myopic, overweight, and lonely girl, Brian Beldon was the epitome of innocent boyfriend first love. I was 26 when the series quit production in 1986. As happenstance would have it, in 1987 I married a dark eyed, dark haired… ( wait for it) Doctor.

Life imitating art? Or a really good wish? You decide, but whatever the reason, I have my very own Brian Beldon!

Want to find out who the first loves of some of the other authors in this blog hop are? Click on the links below and visit them.

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The 10 character challenge

A few days  ago I posted a challenge, asking you for the 10 books that changed, or impacted your lives. It’s the character’s time.

List 10 – I don’t care about the male/female split – of your most memorable characters from fiction. They can be villians,  heroes, heroines, secondary characters. I don’t care. Which ones made an impact on you and, briefly, why.

Here are mine in no order.

1. Rhett Bulter.   Gone with the Wind. The original fictional alpha male . When he carries Scarlett up that staircase, oh, Mama!

2. Roarke. the JD Robb In Death Series. Owns the galaxy. Loves Eve Dallas. Survived Every bad thing that ever happened to him. Plus, he’s Irish.

3. Eve Dallas.  the JD Robb In Death Series. The most kick-ass heroine with a tender heart you will ever meet.

4. Laura Ingalls before she was Wilder. The Little House On the Prairie Series. I always wanted to live on the prairie.

5  Elizabeth Bennet. Pride and Prejudice.  It’s so tough being the second, not so attractive sister, but Lizzy did well for herself.

6. Atticus Finch. To Kill a Mockingbird. When I was little, he was the embodiment  of what I  wanted in a father.

7.Madeline. The Madeline books by Ludwig Bemelman because really, she lived in Paris! In a convent! And had such cool adventures.

8. Nancy Drew.  The Nancy Drew Mystery Books. She drove a Corvair. Enough said.

9. Jake Brigance. A Time To Kill. Second best lawyer portrayal after Atticus Finch. Plus, he’s hunky, a southern boy, and loves his wife and dog.

10. Elinor Dashwood. Sense and Sensibility. The oldest, not as beautiful daughter with a heart of gold, a steel core and a hopeless romantic.

Those are my 10.  If you don’t recognize a name, click on it and it will take you to a link, describing the character.

Now, what are your 10 most influential fictional characters??

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