Meet The Bubble-Blowing Anacortes Man Who Inspired A Character In My Upcoming SJI Mysteries Novel…

If you drive through the Fidalgo Island town of Anacortes during the spring and summer months you might find yourself watching the friendly antics of a wheelchair-bound gentleman named Ray who, despite daunting physical challenge, manages to see the light in a world that has not always repaid him in kind.

Ray’s real-life story became the inspiration for a fictional secondary character in the soon-to-be-released book #6 of the San Juan Islands Mystery series, Turn Point Massacre.

Turn Point Massacre (San Juan Islands Mystery Book 6) by [Ulsterman, D.W.]

Though only a few pages in total, the character’s contribution to the overall story is a critical one and helps to reveal another developing layer of the primary protagonist Adele who is dealing with a particularly difficult physical/emotional challenge of her own as the story’s plot unfolds.

I first noticed Ray a couple of years ago as he was blowing these massive, swirling, multi-colored bubbles for the passing traffic. People would honk and wave, Ray would smile, and then the process was repeated over and over again.

Huh,” I thought. “That’s something you don’t see every day.”

The image of Ray, his smile and his bubbles, was put away to be used at a later date. That’s what writers do – we observe, process, and then give those observations new life within the context of a greater story.

So, when you are reading Turn Point Massacre and come across the character of Bubbles and his brief but critical interaction with a struggling Adele, you’ll now know the inspiration.

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D.W. Ulsterman is the bestselling author of the San Juan Islands Mystery series and The Irish Cowboy.

He lives with his wife of 26 years in the Pacific Northwest and is the proud father of two grown children, Devan and Sienna.

He’s also best friends with Dublin the Dobe.

When he’s not busy writing you’ll find him navigating the waters of his beloved San Juan Islands.

All of his novels are available HERE

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