Who the heck is Zora Adams? Well, she’s the woman who’s lived in my mind for the past ten years and the protagonist of THE WISDOM OF HAIR. The photo above is very much what I pictured when I was writing her, but during that time, Zora’s undergone quite a few changes.
Originally, her name was Shirley. No kidding. But she’s a mountain girl, her name was I think meant to be a contrast to the very smooth Winston Sawyer and that seemed okay at the time. But Shirley wasn’t very sexy or sellable, so she became Zora.
Her mother was origionally just a bad girl drawn to very bad men. But Mama got a diagnosis and was certified narcissistic and developed a Judy Garland fixation. My favorite change is during one of my favorite scenes when Zora showed me a great big beautiful backbone I didn’t even know she had.
When the WISDOM OF HAIR starts out, Zora’s almost twenty, but during the ten years she’s been alive and fixing hair in my mind she’s never stopped growing. This is one of the things I love most about writing fiction, and I love who she’s become!
Of course at some point, every writer has to end the story, but somewhere out there or in the deep recesses of my mind, and hopefully yours after you read THE WISDOM OF HAIR, Zora Adam is alive, loving life, and fixing hair.