May 2nd, 2016 14:38 by Albert Tucher
I just wore my index finger out swiping through the ebook edition of Selena, by Greg Barth (All Due Respect Books), and I'm doing further damage to my digit with the sequel, Diesel Therapy. Selena is five feet and a hundred pounds of kick-assery and attitude. She's also a prostitute, which is what piqued my interest in the first place. The plotting creaks a bit, and some motivations are a bit doubtful, but the page-turner test is the important thing, and these books pass with room to spare.
As I read, I reflected on what I have learned in writing about my prostitute character, Diana Andrews. Women in this business run the gamut. Some are outlaws through and through, while others are utterly conventional except for the one thing they do to pay the bills. Selena is way out on the outlaw fringe, while Diana would stay closer to the other extreme, if people would only let her. Both characters are completely plausible, and that's why I love them both.