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A.R. Ashworth I thought I did, for my first novel, Souls of Men. It started as a story about Peter Willend, a scarred character finding his way back from tragic…moreI thought I did, for my first novel, Souls of Men. It started as a story about Peter Willend, a scarred character finding his way back from tragic loss and PTSD. Yet as the story matured, Elaine Hope, initially an antagonist but who became Peter’s love interest, was such an interesting character that she took over the protagonist role. She gave me several reasons for switching.

As the story progressed, most scenes were viewed through Elaine’s eyes and mind. Elaine’s character initiated important action. She directed the plot.

Elaine’s arc was strong enough to carry her and Peter into the sequel and beyond. Peter’s arc would have finished at the end of the book.

Now, when I begin a story, I use those criteria to determine my protagonist.
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A.R. Ashworth Thanks for two good questions, Deb. The answers are related.
The character I call Peter came first. I had been thinking about how relatively ordinary…more
Thanks for two good questions, Deb. The answers are related.
The character I call Peter came first. I had been thinking about how relatively ordinary people can help each other recover from physical and psychological trauma. I wanted a protagonist who had lost nearly everything that mattered, who had been to the depths of despair. Peter would be rebuilding his life when something happens to take even more from him. How would he stay afloat? I wrote Elaine as Peter's antagonist. She's confident, competent, with no ambitions of romance, given her self-contained personality and demanding profession. What would happen if he washed up on her shore? As I recall, I was about 15K words into the book when Elaine leaned over my desk and insisted SHE was the real protagonist. I responded that if she wanted that, I would make her arc a very dark one, indeed. In true Elaine style, she smiled and said, “Bring it on, mate.” So I scrapped most of what I’d written and started over. The characters, especially Elaine, dictated the plot.
My challenge with Elaine was to convey a strong, intelligent, independent woman without overly emphasizing her womanhood. Rather, I wanted to convey Elaine’s contradictory traits and stress her essential humanity. She’s strong and compassionate, but she can be a bully, too. She’s a logical thinker and planner, but she can be impetuous. She’s almost given up on romance, but she’s willing to take a chance if she thinks the man’s worth it. She’s got a steel backbone, but she admits she sometimes “needs a soft place to fall.” More than one female early reader has told me that when she first read the manuscript, she forgot it was written by a man. So I think I met the challenge.(less)
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I haven't always been a writer. I don't know whether that's lucky for me, or not. I worked my way through university as an auto mechanic, got a degree in History, took a shot at grad school, and then floated around for a while. That was the '70s.In the early '80s I came to my senses, in a manner of speaking, as did many other Austin hippies. I took somecomputer science courses, which resulted i... Read more of this blog post »
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"Souls of Men is a crisp suspense novel debuting veteran detective Elaine Hope. When a fifteen year old girl is found murdered in East London, Hope and her team enter the dark hunt for the vicious killer.

Hope is a realistic mixture of gritty and v..." Read more of this review »
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I’m alone now.

This three word opening to Two Faced (the sequel to A.R. Ashworth’s Souls of Men) pulls no punches. With this short sentence the reader is immediately brought into Elaine H..." Read more of this review »
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"DCI Elaine Hope - complicated, traumatized and still determined to solve the mystery of who committed the murders and why she was left vulnerable by her own department. Then there's Peter, the man she loves but keeps pushing away. This tale has so..." Read more of this review »
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A.R. Ashworth Deb wrote: "Is A.R. Ashworth you official pen name? I just posted something about your interview on my site, but used another name. I can change it if need be."

Yep. It's the one I decided on for the publisher. :)


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Deb Rhodes Is A.R. Ashworth you official pen name? I just posted something about your interview on my site, but used another name. I can change it if need be.


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