Friday, September 9, 2011


Michael W. Davis

There’s not a day goes by I don’t marvel at the growth of my Grand Daughter (GD) as an evolving human being. She may be only five, but what a personality. My wife and I try to encourage openness to new ideas, to the variance of others, and yet maintain an independence for the principles she holds dear, even at her age.

I was babysitter her last weekend and as I watched her interact with her Mama (my wife) I drifted to the future, of what she’d become, someone that would do the right thing when all others turned their heads, someone that would confront lies and political spinning, someone that understood her relevance in the fabric of humanity. An epiphany flashed for an instant and I realized that very evolution, when a child matures over time into a responsible adult, is the same process, as writers and readers we relate to as we absorb a fictional story.

For both the hero and heroine, we hold our breath, cry and cheer as we watch the character evolve from someone detached from there surroundings to a person aware of their own strengths and vulnerabilities. That evolution is part of why we clutch a story to our chest and sigh when we reach the last page, hoping the author will provide another installment.

I experienced that emotion several weeks ago when I delivered some of my novels to a local gift shop and both the owner and one of their employees greeted me at the door. Seems they had finished the novels I dropped off last time and wanted more. They began to query me about the characters, where they can from, were they based on real people, did they actually endure that transition reflected in the story. Now that was neat, the fact that readers would become so absorbed in your story as the characters evolved into actual living breathing humans. They too had enjoyed watching the evolution process from a fictional character to a real person. So cool.

Big Mike
Michael W. Davis (
Author of the year, 2008 & 2009

Shadow of Guilt, “To each crossing of paths, there is a reason.”
Blind Consent, “The answers are buried in the secrets of the past.”
Forgotten Children, “Only Sara knows the truth.”
Tainted Hero, “Sometimes good people do bad things.”
The Treasure, “A lonely heart can impair one’s judgment.”
Veil of Deception, “Sometimes truth cuts deeper than a lie.”


Julie Eberhart Painter said...

That is cool, Mike. As a writer, I sometimes feel my characters have been absorbed into my circle of friends.

We want all of them to grow and change, but we only have control over the fictional ones. So, let's hope they set a good example for readers looking for answers in the comlex life we share.

Big Mike said...

Yeah JP. Won't it be nice if some of our leaders evolved from their mistakes and flaws instead of the same old same old.