Monday, 13 March 2017

Creating Characters #8 - Minor Characters, Don Alfonso Conti

Minor Characters

In any novel there are characters who are either on the pages only briefly, who are peripheral to the plot. Sometimes, however, a character who is meant to be peripheral takes on more importance as the story unfolds. Such was the case with Alfonso Conti, a Mafia Don in Naples, Italy. Originally I invented him as only the older brother of Mark Conti. But as the plot thickened I came to enjoy Don Alfonso too much to leave him in the dark.

Don Alfonso Conti

Don Alfonso is Marco’s elder brother and is Capo of one of the strongest and most powerful Camorra families in Naples.  Still very sharp of mind and still in control at seventy, he is wheel chair bound. However if you want anything done, Don Alfonso is the man to see. 

He has been a friend to the de Leone family for many years and has helped them on more than one occasion. When Adamo finds himself in deep water, it is to Don Alfonso he turns to. And it is Don Alfonso who gives him the connections he needs to begin to unravel the plot that now threatens his and Eve’s lives.


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Where Lemons Bloom by Blair McDowell
Blair McDowell's latest tale of Suspense  takes the reader to Italy's  beautiful Amalfi Coast.

"Adamo and Eve are two people who have both been through their own versions of hell. They are both certain that they are not ready to enter into a relationship, but love finds them anyway. Then it takes them on the non-stop thrill ride of their lives."
-   Marlene Harris,


When Eve Anderson meets Adamo de Leone on a ship bound for Europe, she has no idea of the dark secret that will endanger both their lives. She accompanies him to his home on Italy’s Amalfi Coast to open an inn left to him by his grandfather. But then she learns he spent 5 years in prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. Could the man she loves be responsible for embezzling eighty million dollars from the investment firm he once owned?

Adamo wants to hold Eve at arm’s length until he can clear his proud family name. But when there is an attempt on his life and Eve is terrorized by a gun-bearing thug, he realizes how much he wants her, and he must accept whatever help he can get to uncover the well-hidden trail of a six-year-old crime.

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