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Writer’s Guide To Character Traits by Dr. Linda Edelstein

11013 Writer’s Guide to Character Traits by Dr. Linda N. Edelestein
Reviewer:  Lor
Publisher:  Writer’s Digest Books
Novel:  word count unknown
Purchase at Amazon
Roses:  5

From serial killers and drug addicts to career professionals, blue-collar workers, and the rich and famous, this book, written by a practicing psychologist, profiles the mental, emotional, and physical characteristics of different personality types. New to this edition:

  • Over 400 easy-to-reference character listings that detail typical behaviors, thought processes, and common reactions to a variety of situations.
  • Sidebars and statistics on personality types not included in the previous edition.

Mix and match traits and quirks for a mix of flaws and strengths to make your characters unique and lively. Psychopaths, cult members, drug addicts, career professionals and philanthropists are all represented. Put your imagination and this instruction together and create characters your readers will never forget!


This book is a little off the beaten path of what we normally review but I felt it needed reviewing. If you’re a writer (of any genre) this book has the potential to help you. Mind you, this book isn’t a guide on how to write a character; its focus is how to make a character deeper and more developed.

Writer’s Guide to Character Traits clearly lays out stereotypes, archetypes both of the normal and abnormal. It provides profiles for whatever personalty quirk your character may have. Adult personality types, child and adolescent types, psychological disorders, criminal types, sexual issues and ordinary/extraordinary events are some of the few categories within this book.

The books intended purpose is to help a writer create a character profile. It doesn’t tell you how to develop characters contextually or add subtext to help flesh out a character. It gives plenty of fodder for thought as to why your character does what he or she does (no matter their age).

If you need a little help with a character or simply want to vary yourself a little more, this book is for you. Overall, I give it five roses.

**NOTE: this review is for the second edition of this book, not the first


Clown’d by K.A. Merikan

Clown’d by K.A. Merikan
Reviewer: Lor
Short Story: 10,000 words approximate
Purchase on Amazon or Smashwords
Goodreads Page
Roses: 4

 — It’s clowns. It’s a gangbang. It’s helium balloons. —

Some nights just don’t go as planned. It’s Halloween and Kyle’s rushing home to see his boyfriend after a late evening shift at work. As usual, he takes a shortcut through the local park, but a poster informing about a killer clown in the area makes him apprehensive about being alone in the dark. It’s only when he discovers there is a man in a clown costume following him that he panics. Soon, it turns out his cackling shadow isn’t the only circus freak hiding in the dark, but what does a bunch of crazy clowns do when they catch you?


Let me start off by saying that I hate clowns. HATE. Both Kat and Agnes have tortured me relentlessly over the past months with stupid clowns. Mostly Kat but who’s keeping track besides me? Despite my reservations I started beta reading this last week.

Putting my wig out sessions aside this what I truly think of Clown’d.

The story itself is engaging and semi-terrifying even if you’re okay with clowns. Kyle, the MC, is walking home through a park, late at night, and comes across a sign, “Be especially vigilant on Halloween and do not underestimate people in costume… BEWARE!” he thinks little of it and continues on till something brings him up short. Clowns.

Three clowns corral Kyle in the park’s playground till the unexpected happens. Kyle realizes he’s kidnappers are in fact his boyfriend and several other unknown men.

This took me by surprise but it was a good surprise to say the least. Now poor Kyle isn’t getting dragged off by unknown murderous clowns. I probably would’ve died or something if he was… Moving on!

The clowns proceed to “kidnap” Kyle and a lovely gangbang ensues in the back of a truck. The clowns use Kyle in the best ways possible. What I loved is the emphasis on safe sex in this piece. Relations between Kyle and his boyfriend were unprotected but between Kyle and the rest of the men a condom was always used. I don’t see this enough in the M/M genre.

The story ends wrapped in a nice little bow and I can honestly say I love it. Do I want a sequel with more clowns? No. Only because I don’t think I can take the torture of more clowns (or Kat and Agnes).

I am glad I stepped out of my comfort zone to read this and K.A. Merikan was the perfect author to pop my clown reading cherry. Now if everyone would excuse me I have to go burn my blankie.

Why you ask? This is in Clown’d’s dedication:

P.S. Lor, there’s a clown under your blankie.