"What we do in this life, echoes in eternity."
Maximus, Gladiator
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Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Author Laura Josephsen is hosting a Favorite Character Blogfest, and I'm participating! I didn't have to think much to choose a favorite character, although an ever increasing number of characters populate my mind and to talk me incessantly.

My all-time favorite character is Diego, the love futbol star of my manuscript SOUTHERN CROSS. Diego is Camila's (my main character's) love interest. Since the book is written from her point of view, we don't get to know Diego's thoughts. But I love what others say about him:

Camila:
"Looking like a rock star, surrounded by admirers, he cupped his hands around his mouth
so I could hear him from across the street. “I’ll call you later, Camila!” he said.
    I hope he meant tonight.
"

"As if he feels my eyes on him, Diego turns around and looks straight at me. He grins that smile I’m sure boys take secret lessons for. The fĂștbol star replaces the forlorn lost boy."


“'I was getting worried about you,' Diego says. He stands up to take my backpack from
my hands.
    When he kisses my cheek, a thousand replies blare in my mind. The more prominent are:
    Looking great, Titan.
    I missed you and it’s only been fourteen hours since I last saw you.
    Marry me."



Father Hugo, from the orphanage where Diego grew up:
 “I always knew he’d
reach far and high. I’m so proud of him. I dare wager that even without his adoptive mom, he would have still risen from his dire circumstances. Diego was born a fighter. "


The kids from the orphanage:
"Several dark-haired little ones run inside the house yelling, “The Titan came to play.
Diego came!”
    “Don’t make them crazy. It’s all I ask,” Father Hugo implores.
    “I’ll do my best,” Diego says and runs to meet his greatest admirers, chasing them with
open arms.
    The kids shriek, ecstatic.
"

I am a futbol fanatic, and I there are several futbol players I admire tremendously. Diego was loosely based on a couple of kids who lived in my barrio in Argentina, and made it to the "big leagues." They are everyone's heroes. The pride and joy of us all.

I'm looking forward to reading the other participants' entries! Thanks to my friend Julie for the link to this awesome opportunity. For details on how to participate, click on the button!


26 comments:

  1. You already know I LOVE Diego! He's so everything perfect! And Southern Cross is a beautiful story! You're absolutely brilliant.

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    1. And you're such a great friend! I don't know how I'd keep going without your support and the rest of the Sharks and Pebbles! thank you!

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  2. Like Julie, I already love Diego, too. It totally works that you show him through the eyes of others here.

    Love your banner picture, too. Fun family.

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    1. Thank, Donna! I loved this opportunity to let others know Diego too!

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  3. Diego has intrigued me as well. Love those little tidbits you posted with him.

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    1. Thank you, Christine!

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  4. Yeah, he sounds terrific. Very nice.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  5. I see why you are intrigued with my Joey, your Diego maybe is not so different? What a charmer

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    1. Thank you, Sue! Better than bad boys are boys who are awesome in spite of circumstances!

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  6. I get the impression that Diego is very passionate and warmhearted. I especially love your main character's thought of "Marry me!" (^__^) The fact that she doesn't just blurt it out right there tells me that she wants to savor the moment and Diego as he is now for as long as possible. Which in turn tells me that he's a character who is worth savoring. Very nice!

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    1. thank you, Keru. He's so worth savoring! ;-)

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  7. How can anyone not love a character like that! I can't wait to read more :)

    Count me in as a new follower.

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    1. How sweet of you! thanks!

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  8. Great snippets! Even though we're not in Diego's head, I feel like I know him.

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  9. i love your snippets. we got to meet both your characters and know some of their story. a wonderful 'out of ashes' tale full of hope & romance. !que bonita!

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  10. I love how you put it: "out of ashes." Exactly!

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  11. He sounds like a great guy.

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  12. Hi! Thanks for participating in the blogfest. I just wanted to make sure I have your correct email address, because you won first prize and I sent your contact information to Melanie Billings--I used the email address on the sidebar in your blog. I'm just wanting to confirm that you got the emails sent to you. :)

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  13. Hi! Just found your blog through a friend's. Your kids are adorable! :) I enjoyed your excerpts, too. He's a likable character. Happy to be a new follower.

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