Lessons I Learned from my Hero and Heroine by Dean C. Moore


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Lessons I learned from my hero and heroine

I’ve read Love on the Run many times, as you might imagine, and I’m still learning things from Zinio and Delaney. I think that’s because when we write it’s from an altered state of consciousness, one in which we’re much smarter and wiser, and more in touch with our higher self, that higher power that guides our hands. Scientists would offer an explanation that is just as valid; they’d say the brain is “entrained.” Meaning that our right and left hemispheres are in sync, and our superconscious, conscious, and unconscious minds come into alignment. That’s a whole lot of mind power to throw at a task, and much more than we usually leverage. This is why when you want to change the world, you don’t posit a rational argument, your write fiction. As authors we’re all spell casters by nature because we know it is only through the altered state of consciousness of both writing and reading the book that we have this power to transform the world. So when I’ve been out of the state too long, I re-enter it, either by writing a new book, editing an existing one, or revisiting old friends, as with Zinio and Delaney.

There’s a reason we keep going back to our favorite books, we absorb what we can on the first pass, we employ those new behaviors in our lives, and when we wall short of the mark, we go back in for another tune up. From Zinio and Delaney, more specifically, some of the things I picked up on this pass include the fact that sometimes people can be perfect for one another and not realize it. They can be overly attuned to what sets them apart. In Zinio’s case, he’s pragmatic, down to earth, sees just the problem in front of him and despises people who come at the world with rose tinted glasses. Delaney, a romantic at heart, is also a bleeding heart for every social cause you could imagine. On her viewfinder of late are the plights of the elderly and of those suffering with terminal illnesses. The two drive each other positively batty with what separates them, bridging the divide often with scathing humor.

But there is so much that make these two characters peas in a pod. They’re both amazingly quick witted and dazzling under pressure, such as the pressure of robbing banks, casinos… And they have a talent for raising life to the level of art, and to do the seemingly impossible job of walking on water time and again. Do they have lessons to learn themselves, you bet, but you’re secretly hoping the whole time it will not change the fundamental nature of who they are, which is just too precious.

If Zinio plots twenty moves ahead, Delaney is sheer improvisational genius. If he consults his mind in all matters, she consults her heart. There’s something about living inside their heads that allows me to come at the world from both perspectives better. Their entire relationship seems to be predicated on the enhanced integration of heart and mind that they both need. I suppose you could read some Buddhist scrolls on the matter and meditate on the issue, but there’s something about living through their trials and tribulations to find wholeness in themselves and in their relationship that does the trick for me. And it’s just way more fun. Besides more people are looking to be entertained than enlightened. The trick is to offer the former while doing the latter.

Husband and wife thieves are on a mission. Just not the same one. He’s out to pay for her cancer therapy–at any costs. She’s out to humanize him, and make him less of a self-absorbed jerk.

The fast-talking, fast-acting, adrenaline seeking duo pick up a few on-again off-again sidekicks along their way, despite staunch protests from Zinio. But with all they’re up against–not the least of which being one smart, hound-dog of a lady detective–the question is: Can love conquer all?

“The story is smart and funny.” R. D. Hale, Sky City: The Rise of an Orphan

“For the booklover that doesn’t like having his or her time wasted.” Jack Heath, Remote Control

“This would make a brilliant movie or TV series.” Demelza Carlton, Ocean’s Gift

“Reminded me of The Thomas Crown Affair, down to the whip-cracking humor, the snazzy plot turns, and the character dynamics between the leads and the hotshot female detective on their tales.” Rhys Jones, The Whispering Void

“Only if you want an action packed read with fully developed and interesting characters.” Victor Longshanks, One Big Problem

About the Author:

I write sci-fi, fantasy, action-adventures and thrillers, or some combination thereof—usually with a strong vein of dark humor. Though, my works are dramas first; the humor is there to take the edge off as with the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Transformers, and Jurassic Park franchises.

I wrote screenplays for a while, and while enjoying them, I found them a bit confining. After a while you just need the extra page count to flesh out characters better and do additional world building, especially when considering doing anything epic in scope. I also took a run at future forecasting and trend tracking, being as I always had my head in the future, things like Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock. I also relished this, and can certainly see myself releasing a few titles accordingly in the nonfiction area. But since delving into novels, short and long, I’ve definitely found my home and my voice. For the first time I feel the restraints have been taken off of my imagination. I suppose all mediums have their limits, so I may end up doing a mix of things, but I suspect I will continue to spend most of my time with novels. Series add an additional dimension, allowing for even more depth and development both in the character and world building departments. But I remain at heart a divergent thinker, so, no surprise, I seem to have more series going than follow up installments at this point. That too may change over time; we’ll see. Until then, it may be best to just think of these books as one-offs if you’re fond of my writing style and some of the themes I work with.

My current catalog of twelve books represents a little over five years’ worth of work. I’m currently averaging a couple books annually. Of my existing franchises with multiple installments, The Hundred Year Clone books can be read in any order, while the 5 books of Renaissance 2.0 must be read in sequence as they form part of a singular story arc (much as with A Game of Thrones.)

I live in the country where I breed bluebirds, which are endangered in these parts, as my small contribution to restoring nature’s balance. When I’m not writing, or researching my next book, I may also be found socializing with friends, or working in my organic garden.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Dean C. Moore says:

    Thanks for hosting me on Long and Short Reviews! A pleasure to be here.

    I’d also like to thank anyone who might be stopping by and leaving comments or questions for me (perhaps based on the guest blog but they can be on anything folks would like). I’ll be in and out throughout the day to interact with readers.

  3. I really enjoyed your comments. This sounds like a very interesting story.

  4. Great post, thank you.

  5. This is great insight into your characters. It’s always fun to get inside their head. Delaney and Zinio complement each other well. Great point also about your purpose for writing. Thanks for sharing this. Love On The Run looks like an engaging story.

  6. I’m impressed to read about your catalog of twelve books and counting. Liked the interesting post about your MCs.


  8. Great guest post and giveaway. 🙂

  9. Interesting lessons

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