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R. L. Mosz is a self-published author of fiction that revolves around family life. The themes in her books include healing from emotional trauma and illness, family life, and second chances.

                  This Month's Topic . . .

                     Should novels include characters who are wholly good?

Wholly Good
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In each of my novels, there is one character who is what I term wholly good. By that, I mean they are that rare individual you can depend on to continually have your back and best interests at heart. They always put their money where their mouth is and live up to all their beliefs and ideals.


No person is perfect, but these people rarely miss the mark.

In my first book, The Keeper, the fault-ridden protagonist, Dr. Chris Seacrest, has an associate doctor friend named Harlan Melrose. Despite being a side character throughout the story, Harlan emerges as one of the few types that can be termed wholly good. He is dependable and sincere and always strives to put his best foot forward no matter how dire the situation. Dr. Melrose would make an excellent addition to anyone's life.

In Roses in December (currently lost in cyberspace somewhere), the protagonist, Detective Al Tortino, is wholly good. Annie, who lives across the street, refuses to date him but later realizes how uniquely wonderful he is because he's not an irresponsible hypocrite like her supposed "true love," Ethan.

In my next book, Curandero, I again decided to create a central character, Dr. Miguel Calderón, who is wholly good. An exceptional main character can be a complex undertaking because, with good people, there is generally minimal personal growth throughout the storyline. They are already in a very exceptional personal space. However, the central character, Stefan, has many individual problems, and as Dr. Calderón's patient, he plays well off Miguel's aptness.

The Other Ones features another wholly good character, Dr. Henry Thorenson. He is protagonist Damon Devereaux's best friend. Damon, although rather good himself, lives embroiled in many problems.


Wholly good individuals are the ones who hold this world together. They inspire others to become better people. They are the foundation upon which society rests; if fewer and fewer of them exist, society declines.


They are the people who never lie, are sincere and humble, give no thought to being praised and rewarded, and are highly responsible. Writing a book without a wholly good character would be difficult. In my upcoming book, Soul Tie, once again, an exceptional person is evident from the very first chapter in the character of psychologist Gilbert Payne.


In the opening chapter, Gil's goodness shines through in a simple statement he makes about November to the protagonist Tamara Castellan, whose life is deeply troubled:


      Gil squinted and glanced away, deep in thought. "I've always considered

November the most quixotic of months," he confided, "despite all the overcast, rainy days."

      I turned to him in curiosity. "How so?"

     He shrugged his broad shoulders with a pensive smile. "Oh, you know, the way the sun, low on the horizon, emerges from behind the dark clouds and casts an almost ethereal light across the bare branches and fallen leaves, and you feel the year's passage with such acuity." He turned to study me.

"The poignancy always makes me wonder what awaits us ahead."


No matter what awaits a person of Gil's caliber, one can be sure it will only serve to improve him even more.

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