Roosevelt Franklin, Book Lover




This entry is one of several posts I will write about some of the characters in my first novel. I hope you enjoy it.

The protagonist of my supernatural horror thriller Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I is a retired History professor, living in Bethberg, a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. He is a deeply complex man, influenced by, among other things, his service in the Vietnam War and the profound and loving marriage with his now deceased wife.

Roosevelt has several deep enjoyments in life—eating, drinking good whisky, especially single malt Scotch, and smoking high level cigars, but his primary passion in life is books. A visitor to his home would notice, more than anything else, the enormous number of bookcases lining many of the walls in his house. Roosevelt’s home is an old Victorian home that he and his wife Sarah had purchased and renovated shortly after their marriage.

While she did have a large room dedicated to being her art studio, an avocation she loved, even while being a surgeon, and Roosevelt had a large room that was his studio, smoking room and library, other rooms also were filled with books of many kinds and conditions. Roosevelt, although a man of financial means, is not a book collector. He believes that books should be read and not simply owned to be put on display. He thinks that the words in a piece are what make the book important, not a fine leather cover or being a first edition. He places worth on the ideas, the stories, the tales, the histories, and the communications in books and not their potential monetary value.



At one point, he tried to make a calculated estimate of how many books he owned, but he decided it was an almost impossible task, so he stopped the tally when he reached 4000. And no matter how many books he owns, he seems to always find more to buy. Again, he is not a snob when it comes to the owning of books. His snobbery emerges when it comes to whiskey and cigars.

More on that later.





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17 thoughts on “Roosevelt Franklin, Book Lover

  1. Mr. Franklin sounds like my kind of guy! I am a minimalist who abhors clutter and knick knacks, but I cannot bear to part with my books. It causes an almost physical pain when I do a purge. As with our protagonist I have read all of the books that sit on my shelves (though not close to the 4,000 mark). Thank you for this peek into your character’s life. I look forward to learning more. 🙂

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  2. I’m sure the process of character development is hard work, but fun and interesting work to do. I think that would be the enjoyable part of writing a book. The part I don’t think I would enjoy as much, would be building and setting the scene.

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  3. I want to meet this character and have coffee with him. Or tea. He’s probably a tea drinker, no? It’s tough to drink whiskey in the morning.
    Great character development and excellent library imagery with your media choices!


    • Thank you for you kind words. Surprisingly, even though Roosevelt is an Anglophile, he is a confirmed coffee drinker. One of the three men who are at the core of the story is a tea drinker, I will write about him in the future.

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  4. It really sounds like it could be a wonderful story and I agree so completely about the protagonists attitude towards books. I just can’t read horror. I don’t watch scary on TV or at the movies either. Nor the news. Talk about scary! If I were going to give horror a try, this would be the book I would start reading first. 🙂


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