Blog Tour Day 10: Book Giveaway and My Guest Post on Darlene’s Book Nook: “Rooting for a Flawed Protagonist”

Readers love to root for their action heroes, so even when authors endow their main characters with flaws to add depth and realism, the “defects” are often designed to make you sympathize with the character more (like a job applicant who reluctantly admits to being a workaholic). But in my new suspense novel, Frank Paine did a bad, bad thing, making him a rarity in the thriller universe–a truly flawed protagonist. In today’s guest post on Darlene’s Book Nook I discuss how I tried to meet the challenge of making him sympathetic in King of Paine.

The tagline for Darlene’s Book Nook is “So many books, so little time!” That sums up  Darlene’s busy site in a nutshell. She posts almost daily, with reviews, giveaways and book tour events keeping her on her toes almost as much as her two children. In her own words, ” I was always an avid reader, but reading adult literature became non-existent once the kids were born! For my birthday last year, my husband bought me an iPod, and it was the best gift ever! Since then, I have listened to more books than I have read in the past nine years!” Darlene’s genres of interest are paranormal, suspense/thriller, mystery, young adult, horror, urban fantasy, fantasy, romantic suspense, mainstream fiction, and juvenile fiction (which she reads aloud to her children). Take a stroll around her Book Nook and enjoy!

Tomorrow the tour heads back here to my website for “Getting Inside the Mind of a Madman,” my interview with Frank Paine. We’ll discuss how he outwitted the ruthless stalker who hunted him in King of Paine and other choice topics. I understand Frank is miffed about some of the literary choices I made, so the conversation may get heated.

2 comments on “Blog Tour Day 10: Book Giveaway and My Guest Post on Darlene’s Book Nook: “Rooting for a Flawed Protagonist”

  1. On Darlene’s Book Nook Larry asked folks who their favorite “flawed” protagonist of all time was. I had to rack my brain with that question and came up with nothing until today. I am going to say Charles Dickens’ SCROOGE. 🙂 Also, how apropos for the season!

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  • Larry and Ellie Kahn

  • When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010, my neurologist told me there was nothing I could do to slow down an inevitable slide into disability. So I simply (apathetically?) went about the business of researching my third novel for over a year until I crossed paths with others who had discovered a curiously overlooked goldmine of scientific research suggesting vigorous exercise could help slow the progression of PD and improve quality of life.

     

    After experiencing the impact of exercise myself, my wife, Ellie, and I began brainstorming with other believers about how to effectively spread the gospel of exercise and hope.  We formed PD Gladiators in 2013, a nonprofit charged with developing a plan to ally metro Atlanta fitness instructors and clinicians to convince people with PD to take a proactive approach to managing their disease. PD Gladiators entered agreements with the Atlanta YMCA, Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation, Yellow River Center and other independent fitness instructors to build a network of PD-specific exercise classes based on PD Gladiators’ promise to promote the exercise research and the PD Gladiators Fitness Network to local clinicians to create the referral “pipeline” necessary to make the adapted fitness programs sustainable. I believe recruiting the support of influential clinicians in our community from the start was the critical insight that has led to the phenomenal growth of the Network.

     

    By 2018, the Network consisted of over 60 weekly classes, and metro Atlanta “gladiators” logged almost 25,000 class visits for the year! On August 1, 2018, the Parkinson’s Foundation and PD Gladiators determined they could better serve the needs of the Parkinson’s community through an organizational unification. Ellie and I served on the Advisory Board for the Parkinson’s Foundation Georgia until retiring in October 2019. PD Gladiators Executive Director Annie Long continues to manage and grow the Network as an employee of the Parkinson’s Foundation.

     

    Ellie and I still practice the proactive, hopeful approach that we  preach. With Ellie’s loving support, I exercise daily, eat a nutritious diet supplemented as recommended by Dr. Laurie Mischley (a Parkinson’s researcher and naturopathic doctor practicing in Seattle), and have adopted good sleep habits. While excited to begin the retirement we had deferred to nurture PD Gladiators, I intend to devote some of my energy–without stress and deadlines–to brainstorm ideas for other areas of Parkinson’s care in need of intervention  for consideration by government and charitable organizations with the mission and resources to undertake these projects.

     

    I believe that problem-solving is a team sport, and I encourage you to join in the discussion. Let’s make Parkinson’s Ideas, Man an incubator for high impact solutions to the issues that effect us most.