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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Alpha bitches and Little Dragons

Sometimes a person enters your life who is so powerful they continue to shape your life long after they've gone. My friend Mo was like that. In the decade or so that she was my mentor she was clearly and undoubtedly my alpha bitch. I rarely rolled over for her, but that's only because my mellow exterior hides the heart of a majorly subborn woman. We laughed, we fought, and in her last hours, she gave me the opportunity to ease the pain of her body and the concerns of her mind.

Rose Lee from Little Dragon was based off Mo. She was tiny, tough and absurdly feminine. For a time, Mo was a police officer in Oakland, CA. Her career came to a tragic end when she responded to a domestic violence call; the suspect took her by surprise. He picked her up and threw her into a wall. She sustained nerve damage to her arm and was unable to continue with the force. When cancer took hold of her body, it woke up that injured shoulder and caused excruciating pain.

So Mo, Little Dragon is for you. If you were around today, I still wouldn't let you roll me, but you'd know you'd know who was really was the boss, wouldn't you?

Little Dragon is due for an August release with Changeling Press.

7 comments:

Lena Austin said...

Rest in peace, Mo. Any cop earns that right, but bringing Belinda to Changeling via a story deserves a special place in Paradise.

beth kery said...

What a wonderful tribute to Mo that you wrote this story for her, Belinda.
Very happy for all the exciting things happening in your life. Keep those stories coming!

Robin Snodgrass said...

Great blog Belinda. And as Beth said, it's a wonderful tribute to your friend. Sounds like she'd be thrilled to be included in your story!

Now I'm looking forward to reading this one even more knowing a bit of the thoughts behind it.

Lacey Savage said...

You know, people always ask writers if our characters are based on anyone we know. Usually, the answer is either "no", or "bits and pieces of this person and that person glued together". How cool that you were inspired by your friend to create an entire character based on her.

I bet the book is that much better for it.

Lacey
http://www.laceysavage.com

Tarot By Arwen said...

What a loving post for Mo. I'm sure she is watching you and keeping up on what you are doing. Little Dragon sounds like a great book.

Collette Thomas said...

Just yesterday I started a story, and one character is loosely based on someone I knew...and for me I see the story as a catharsis for myself. Reading about Mo, it made me realize how stories keep these people who were once a part of our lives alive. I will look for this a Changeling Press.
Thanks for sharing!

Collette Thomas

Crazy Lady said...

Awesome blog, Belinda, and congrats. Hope your new story is as good to you as your friend was.

~Amy