Ronie Kendig's Nightshade has action, emotion, danger, sacrifice, love and complex and intriguing characters ~ no wonder it is a shoe-in for my 2010 Top Ten Reads! On top of that, the inspiration for the story is deeply moving. Enjoy meeting Max and Syd through the eyes of their creator!
Over to you, Ronie:~ Brief physical description
Max – about 5’11, muscular, black hair, coal-dark eyes
Max – I used this photo of Matt LeBlanc because of the intensity and near-torment in his eyes. This picture seemed to scream defeat or weariness to me. But Max would never wear his hair this long let alone pose for something like this. :)
Sydney – Sydney has a lot of internal and external stamina. Her strength is part of what drew Max to her. She’s a sensible woman not prone to “stupidity,” as Max would say. She’s not hung up on make-up, fashion, or appearances. Maybe Keira Knightley, although I used a different picture/model when I wrote Syd.
Strengths and weaknesses
Max is the epitome of the warrior spirit. . .but he’s allowed things to fester and boil. Now, he’s angry most of the time and a vat of volatility, that is destroying what’s most important to him—his marriage. He’s a man’s man and if he calls you “friend,” believe that you’ll always be able to count on him. Just. . .don’t tick him off.
Sydney is quiet and reserved, but has a very thick stubborn side to her that does not allow her back down or give up easily. She’s thoroughly devoted to her husband, yet is shattered over the condition of their marriage. If it weren’t for her older, protective brother, she would never have filed for separation from her hero-husband.
Background to the story