Why did I make him left handed? Well, for several reasons, actually. The first reason was because I suddenly realized when I was writing The Weller: Land of Plenty that all of my stories’ protagonists up to that point had been righties. The second reason is because my mom and sister (as well as a few other special people in my life) are lefties. The third, and probably most important reason, is because I wanted to give Matt Freeborn a weakness, no matter how small. Many righties just don’t realize how annoying day-to-day activities can be for a lefty. It wasn’t until I tried out a friend’s left-handed can opener that I realized just how hard using a right-handed device is for them. I thought this would make a good “flaw” for Matt. When scrounging for food, Matt usually goes for the cans with pull tabs first, simply because it’s easier for him than dealing with a right-handed can opener. While Matt’s left-handedness isn’t a major feature in the original short story, it does get more of a spotlight in the novel that I’m currently working on, particularly the climax.
So if you’ve never read a Matt Freeborn adventure, I invite you to celebrate International Left Handers’ Day by checking out Matt’s debut adventure. It is available on the Kindle, Nook, and Kobo readers for a mere $0.99, which will leave you plenty of cash left over for that sweet pair of left-handed scissors you’ve had your eye on. Go ahead… treat yourself. It’s your day.
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