I Lost A Character!

In my latest book, there was a scene where the family is spending the Thanksgiving holiday at their beach  house on Big Pine Key. I expressed four days of activity and safely got everyone home after the holiday. As I went back over this section I realized that I was missing a character. Her name is Mei Lin, a diminutive Chinese girl from the Altay region where China, Russia, Khazakstan, Uzbekistan and other exotic countries meet. In fact, Mei Lin knows all of those languages.

She was found as a stowaway after completion of a smuggling run from Haiti to Haulover Park in North Miami. Mei Lin was amongst a dozen Chinese girls destined for slave labor in nail and massage parlors up and down the east coast.

As is their standard MO, the main characters “adopted” Mei Lin, taking her into their home. She played a big part in my last book which is why I was upset that I had forgotten her now!

Good news is, I re-wrote that section and Mei Lin is back where she belongs. Maybe the family is getting too big, are fourteen members too much? I don’t think so, guess I should just watch out for everyone in the future.


Crime and Punishment

Does God punish us through the actions of others? One of my characters is wondering this causing me to wonder about it, too. A loved one becomes sick and her deteriorating health now takes up a majority of the character’s time. Diaper changes, baths in the bed, feeding and dressing have him believing that God is punishing him by making the one person he loves the most suffer thus dragging him down at the same time. He realizes it’s a test of his love for this woman, he knows the situation is not going to get any better, there will be no peace until she passes on or he totally wears himself out and he also believes that it is because of misdeeds in his past. As a government assassin he has murdered several people who’s crimes he thought were no worse than his own. Does God have that in mind as he tortures this man’s loved one?