NOTE: This is a re-post from 7-9. I’m in the process of moving my website from Wix to WordPress (Be patient with me…this may take a while!)
I’m putting the final touches on “This Second Chance”, and then sending it off to get formatted in a week. Which means, I will be releasing my first adult novel–if all things go smoothly–the first week in August! I just saw the new cover–amazing! It will be making its debut, soon! In the meantime, I’ll be sharing some background on the book, along with other details, I hope you find interesting! Here is part one of “This Second Chance” blog series.
At some point in the writing process of a new book, (when the story first starts showing itself) I begin to see where it’s leading me. This is when I create an outline of each chapter, a notes section, and a bio of each character. In this blog, I’m sharing my character bios with you. I took out some of the duller details, and any information that might spoil the story. I hope you enjoy getting to know Rachael, her family, and others–a bit better. I know Zelina is excited to meet you…
Rachael (Jackson) Battaglia: It was Rachael Jackson’s wedding day, yet, her thoughts were on her first failed marriage to Ed Jackson. She endured six years of abuse, but walked away with three beautiful children. Now, at thirty-seven-years-old, she finally had the man of her dreams and was ready to start a career in teaching. She had it all, but was afraid it was going to be taken from her. Then, the gift arrived and it wasn’t from her groom. It was a reminder of her first wedding. Was she being haunted by her deceased ex-husband?
Tony Battaglia: Tony is Rachael’s soon to be husband. He fell in love with Rachael the minute he saw her in the math class he was teaching, (at the local junior college) when she was earning her degree to teach. Rachael and Tony dated four years, before she agreed to marry him. His plans are to adopt the two youngest kids. He plays guitar and wrote the song for Rachael to walk down the aisle. He was an only child who lost his father, Wayne, at a young age. His mother, Nora, (who never remarried) passed away a few months before Tony met Rachael.
Eddie Jr. Jackson: Nineteen-year-old Eddie is the oldest son of Rachael and Ed. He’s estranged from his mother and siblings, and refused to attend the wedding. He has issues with drugs, drinking, and criminal activities—just like his father.
Sasha Hunter: Sasha is Eddie’s loyal girlfriend.
Stevie Jackson: Sixteen-year-old Stevie is the second child of Rachael and Ed. He’s the quarter back on the high school football team. He’s popular at school, looking for a part-time job–and a girlfriend.
Kelly Jackson: Fourteen-year-old Kelly has brown eyes and hair, and is the youngest of the children. She looks like her father, but is more even tempered. She’s into the paranormal and does well in school. Kelly is the first to notice when things aren’t as they seem—not that anyone takes her seriously.
Mae Rossi: Mae is Rachael’s mother. She’s a widow after 45 years of marriage to Rachael’s father, who died suddenly from a heart attack. She loves pink, and her favorite saying is: “Thank the pink”.
Ava Thomas: Ava is Rachael’s best friend from high school. She’s married to Tim, her second husband, and seems completely content. Ava is like a sister to Rachael, and is playing all the music for the wedding.
Patrick Rossi: Is Rachael’s older brother, and only sibling. He’s Tony’s best man. They are planning a fishing trip together.
Kathy Rossi: Kathy is Patrick’s wife and is the full-time mom of six children: 12-year-old Paddy, 9-year-old Sammy (both ushers at wedding) and the three year old twin girls, and the six year old twin girls (all home sick during wedding).
Hank Borders: Hank is the hotel security guard from Hawaii. He has thick grey hair with matching grey eyes and is on the stouter side. Everything about him seems average, but maybe there is more to him. He stands by Rachael and Tony when things begin to happen.
Charlie: He is the new security guard at the hotel who works under Hank.
Ed Jackson: Ed is Rachael’s ex-husband who died in a car accident, after their divorced. His mother Tammy is alive, but not in Rachael or the kids’ lives. Ed’s father left before he was born. His mother never told him who his father was—that is, if she ever knew. Ed’s been forced to watch his life over and over since he died. He wants to make things right, if he can.
Zelina: Zelina is the angel trying to help Rachael. She has black hair and shimmering wings with colors like the plumage of a male peacock’s tail. She is known for being formidable—yet protective of those in her charge. Zelina brings in some special help from a ghost/spirit for the situation with the thing called: an evildwel.
The evildwel: A dark misty being, with red eyes, whose intention is to harm the newlyweds and their family–after it has its fun with them, first.
Next week, I will continue with part two, “This Second Chance” blog series: Research and Reality.
Embrace your inner child, D.L. Finn