Monday, April 4, 2016

C is for Cole Grey #atozchallenge


Welcome back to the A to Z challenge where I'm letting my characters from the Providence in Ecuador series do my blogging for me this month by introducing themselves to you. Today is C is for Cole day. Lots of folks love to hate Cole, what do you think? Is he just misunderstood?



Hi, I’m Cole Grey and I’ve been asked to talk to you today. I’m not really in the mood to do anyone any fucking favors. And especially since they gave me this long list of things I can’t talk about, including telling you where I am right now.



But to be honest, they said if I did this they would buy me a drink. I’ve been stuck in a kind of purgatory and haven’t had a drink in a while, so I’m here talking to you. In case you don't know, I appear in books 1 and 2- Harvesting the Hummingbird and Peril in the Bayou. I think it's kind of weird to talk to you about who I am. I'm a fictional character and usually, some narrator waxes poetic about me. But what the hell, I don't have anything else to do and obviously this writer chick has a lot of other things to do. I don't think she painted me in a very good light either. I think she only told one side of the story, so now I get to tell mine.

They said you want to know why I do the things I do, why I’m the way I am.  They said those of you who know me don’t like me. To be honest, that's your prerogative and I really don't give a shit whether you like me or not.

You just don’t understand. I’m not a bad guy.  I’ve been dealt a shitty hand in life. I’ve suffered a lot of loss. I just don’t think I deserve to lose anymore. If you lost as many people as I have, you would do everything you could to keep your loved ones near you, too. You don't know what loss is until you lose a child. Yeah, I lost my oldest boy. He was the spitting imagine of me and I loved him. Then my dad died. And then I lost a daughter-in-law too.



My wife left me as many of you know. She said my drinking was a problem. But as I mentioned I haven’t had a drink in a long time now, and do you see her anywhere? No, you don’t. I always knew there was something up with that Trent guy she worked with way back then. I'd like to give them both a piece of my mind. You just don't go breaking marriage vows. It's just not right. But then again, Abby just isn't right in the head. Maybe someone should put her out of her misery. I should have done that before she took off for parts unknown and hooked up with that guy.

Anyway, now that I’ve done this talk for this silly blogging thing, whatever the hell that is, I’ll have that drink they promised to buy me and then I'll head out to find Abby. I suspect I might know where she is, but I don't think I'm supposed to talk about that either. It’s really time for her to come home now. I'll find her and bring her back one fuckin way or another.

Oh yeah, they told me to tell you to come back tomorrow.  Some reporter dude from book three will be here.

Thanks for stopping by, there haven't been many folks around for me to talk to lately. You turned out to be a pretty good listener.




“Here’s to the ideal woman; Who could ask for more? She’s deaf ‘n dumb, oversexed, and owns a liquor store.”

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Scarlett Loving life in Cuenca!

23 comments:

  1. What a great way to introduce characters! :) They speak volumes.

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    1. Thank you Gulara and Thanks for dropping by!

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  2. Enjoyed meeting you Cole, you sound very interesting. Now I will have to read the books to find out how your story ends.

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    1. Alasandra thanks for dropping by! My books are free to read if you have Kindle Unlimited. Harvesting the Hummingbird is on sale for .99! Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.

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  3. sure gives us an idea of the guy - he feels a bit menacing- if I were his wife, I would not go back either.
    I run a small writing group in our library- one man keeps writing about Frank, a detective.I will give him an exercise in writing some of his back story next time.

    A-Z =http://allfeathersfurandfins.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hi Zannie, thanks for stopping by and reading my blog! I'm a pantser or I prefer...I write into the dark. Outlines and plans totally stifle me. But I have found fleshing out a character in my mind lets me portray that character without a big info dump in the book. If I know that character, the reader will too even if I don't include a history. So writing the backstory just for yourself I believe makes you a better writer.

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  4. Oh I don't mind Cole I actually thought he was real so your writing is great! I'm enjoying your posts can't wait for 'D' See you tomorrow! Sue @Sizzling60 from
    Sizzling Towards Sixty

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    1. Thank you! That's the best compliment a fiction writer can get. You have made my whole month! Thanks so much for following along.

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  5. Great idea to do the challenge in the voice of your characters. I think this dude is deeply wounded, and while that creates some sympathy for him, it's his choice to react in a negative manner.
    Mary at Play off the Page

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    1. I think it's fantastic that the readers see so much in so few words! It's teaching me the most about my writing to know how a small sample is interpreted. Thank you so much for reading and especially for commenting!

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  6. Sounds like a very interesting character!
    @HeatherJacksonW from WriteOnSisters - Masterplots from A to Z

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    1. Thanks Heather and thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my blog!

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  7. Ooh, Cole seems a bit menacing, with mysterious depths. Seems fitting that his portrait at the top of the post is halfway in shadow!

    Thanks for visiting my blog & Happy A to Z to you! :D
    Tui Snider
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  8. Thank you for coming by and reading my blog.

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  9. Hi and thanks for visiting my blog during this A-Z Challenge. I like your idea of using the Challenge to introduce us to your characters - clever lady!

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    1. Thank you, thank you and I really appreciate you coming by and reading my blog.

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  10. Hi and thanks for visiting my blog during this A-Z Challenge. I like your idea of using the Challenge to introduce us to your characters - clever lady!

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  11. Hi, Scarlett,
    This is a great way to know your characters better and boy is Cole an ornery one!

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    1. Hi J.L. thanks for coming by and reading!

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  12. I don't like you one bit Cole. Alcoholism in a husband is NOT a good scene.

    JO ON FOOD, LIFE AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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    1. You're right Jo. Sounds like you know how to spot one too. Thanks for reading!

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    1. You're right...he isn't nice at all! Thank you for stopping by my blogging and reading!

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