Over to you, Lori:~
Brief physical description
Jules Matias, short cropped hair, boyish but feminine.
The only person who comes to mind would be a younger Demi Moore.
Rel: I've added my pick for Cruz, country singer Chuck Wicks who actually grew up on a potato farm in Smyrna, Delaware!
Strengths and weaknesses
Jules knows her heart, but fails to trust her instincts.
Quirk (if any)
She has a way prioritizing her life in a misguided direction.
Your inspiration for the character
Perhaps me? I have a way of trying to please everyone but myself and like Jules, end up pleasing no one.
Background to the story
The idea for the story started when I was eating a baked potato one evening. Since I’m a pure “City Girl” and I know little about raising potatoes, the idea sparked my interest. Although potatoes are grown more prevalently in Idaho and that region I was surprised to discover many of our French fries and bakers come from a small area in Washington State. I set the plot to “A Man’s Heart” in a small fictional town twenty miles out of Pasco, Washington. This is one area of the country that I have never visited but it’s high on my “long to do” list.
I discovered that internet research sometimes isn’t enough to accurately portray an unfamiliar area. One of my first readers on this story nicely pointed out that Jules and Pop were raising potatoes in a Nuclear Waste Disposal area. She added they might raise them there, but no one would want to eat them. Oh the joys of a writer. “A Man’s Heart” is more than potato raising; it’s a journey of mistakes, sisters trying to form an indelible bond, and claiming love that cannot be denied.
Every book an author completes is their baby. They wouldn’t send it out if they didn’t feel they’d done their best work, but often stories simply do not happen the way an author envisions them. I have three books in my writing career that stand out in my mind--books that turned out the exact way I wanted to tell the story: Monday Morning Faith, A Man’s Heart, and a new project that I have co-authored with Virginia Smith “Dreams” (an Oct 2011 Zondervan release) These are the kinds of books that keep me writing. Every story that I write I intend for that book to be my best; often I fail but sometimes stories do spring off the pages to life exactly as I intend. The characters in “A Man’s Heart” not only fulfilled my expectations but the story captured my heart.
Really appreciate you sharing Jules with us, Lori :) Very much looking forward to your collaboration with Virginia, too.
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