Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Q - QUINN

Q IS FOR SKY QUINN



One of my favorite characters in Murder & Obsession is Sky Quinn. An Inuit, better known by most as an Eskimo. Sky, is Steven's Uncle, in name only. He was a friend of Steven's Uncle Atian, and had a huge part in training Steven for wilderness survival. (I chose not to use the term Eskimo because some find it derogatory.)
This photo was my inspiration for Sky Quinn.


Murder & Obsession

Excerpt:

A warrior with the heart of Santa Claus, Sky Quinn epitomized the man Steven desired to be. A tracker and guide of unmatched skill, Quinn stood five foot seven, wiry, with weather worn, russet skin, deep brown eyes, and a constitution that kept him forever young. Quinn’s unparalleled courage made him Steven’s hero.
“No one gives up The Ghost of the North Slope, but you they’ll sell out in a heartbeat," Quinn said with a grin.
Despite his pain, Steven smiled. Quinn’s nickname, The Ghost of the North Slope, fit the man. Sky Quinn had a legendary reputation. No man, enemy or friend would ever speak ill of Quinn. He had earned the respect, but Steven hadn’t yet reached mythical status.

                                                   


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41 comments:

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    1. Hi, Sophie, he's one of my favorites. I'm considering a book about his life too.

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  2. That note about "Eskimo" being offensive is interesting. It reminds me about when I heard that "squaw" could be offensive as well. You have to be careful these days.

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    1. I can see why. I know folks call it PC, but in certain cases, I believe it's important. Why push a stereotype? Why denigrate a race for use of a word?

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  3. I do love Sky too. I'm at 72% and thoroughly enjoying your novel. I love the way all your characters are so well-developed, even the pretentious ones :)

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    1. Thanks, Nicola, I know everything about each one of them. They are great friends, even the pretentious ones. :)

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  4. Sounds like quiet the guy as the arctic winds do fly.

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  5. There seems to be some difference opinion about where that word, Eskimo, originated. Interesting. I'm also interested in a man who has the title of Ghost of the Northern Slope.

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    1. Hi, Lee, I found that interesting to. Quinn's everywhere and yet you'll never know it until it's too late, or right on time. :)

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  6. Sky Quinn sounds like a great guy to have around in a crisis! By that I mean the type of crisis Stephen is going through, not the Q-crisis most of us are facing (and triumphing over) today :) Well he's good for the Q-crisis as well, how cool is that?! :D

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    1. So true, Nila. The North Slope is his territory. Steven is very lucky!

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  7. I was watching an episode of a period (1890s) detective show on PBS called The Artful Detective recently that featured an Intuit character. It was about solving the death of an Arctic explorer. I think they were riffing on the story of the Polaris expedition. Anyway - the Inuit character stole the show.

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    1. I've seen The Artful Detective, I missed that episode. Now I'll have to look for it on Netflix. :) Thanks, Lissa!

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  8. Sky is a great name. Indigenous characters offer great opportunities to portray an individual for the reader that will open up a whole new world of which she or he was previously unaware.

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    1. Thanks, Roland. Sky is one of my favorite. I was privileged to meet many great people in Alaska, I had to sneak them into the story too! :)

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  9. Yes, I do look forward to getting to book three. At the moment, I am diving into book one. I like the fact that you considered the feelings of others when you named your characters. By that, I mean using the term Inuit instead of Eskimo. I believe you will gain readers for your consideration.

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    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. Hi, Pat. I'm thrilled that you're enjoying the books. I discovered that fact while doing my research. Not using it only made sense. Thanks!

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  10. I apologize for being away a few days. I was in New York on vacation.
    Quinn is a nice name. It's the middle name I gave my son. His mother had first dips on the first name.

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    1. NY and a vacation. Did you go to a Broadway show? I hope it was a lovely time. Me, I'm just behind. Too many outside appointments. More time on the road than anticipated. :)

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    2. Nothing as glorious as New York city. I was in Rochester and we took one day to go visit Niagara Falls. It was a great time.

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  11. What an intriguer character! I think I signed up for the Thunderclap.

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    1. Yes, you did thank you. Would you like a copy of MM&L?

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  12. Thanks, everyone! I've had one hell of a day! Been gone more than here, yesterday and today, so while I've answered all the comments thus far, I will be around to visit tonight! Thanks, for your patience, and all your wonderful comments. It's what makes the A to Z such fun! Hey, someone said we only have 9 days left! Celebration time, well, almost! I'll bring the chocolate! :)

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  13. Many cultures do not like to be lumped under one umbrella name. I understand that. The Inuit are a hardy people in general. My father-in-law met a few of them when he worked on the DEW line (an early warning system) and was treated well. He had a few very nice carvings - small but beautiful - they were given to him on his departure. I think this character sound like a great addition to your novel.

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    1. Thanks, D.G. you're right, amazing people!

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  14. Great name! Love this excerpt and the description of Sky. Yeah, I totally need to reach that kind of 'mythical status' one day, haha.

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  15. I love your description of Sky! Great name and I felt like I knew him ;D

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  16. I had no idea that Eskimo is regarded as a derogatory term.
    I think it's a charming word. To my understanding, it has a cute connotation, not a negative one, for example, the ice-cream Eskimo Pie...
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Until I did my research, I wasn't either.

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  17. What a great name for a character. Love it.

    All signed up for the Thunderclap. Good luck with it!

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  18. Based on the comments, it looks like you're killing it with this year's A/Z.

    Very cool.

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  19. Great name for a character and I love the description "warrior with the heart of Santa Claus".

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