by Linda Rodriguez
Aristotle, the great philosopher of art, said that the emotions are: anger, friendship, fear, shame, kindness, pity, indignation, envy or jealousy, and love. In the 20th century, Paul Ekman, a psychological researcher, identified six basic emotions: fear, anger , happiness, sadness, disgust, and surprise. Researchers atGlasgow University have recently challenged these lists, claiming that there are only four basic emotions—happiness, sadness, fear, and anger—based on analysis of facial expressions across cultures, genders, and ages. Every emotion is some mixture of these, as with the primary colors on a color wheel with so many others in between in varying admixture.
Linda Rodriguez's Plotting the Character-Driven Novel, based on her popular workshop, and The World Is One Place: Native American Poets Visit the Middle East, an anthology she co-edited, are her newest books. Every Family Doubt, her fourth mystery novel featuring Cherokee campus police chief, Skeet Bannion, will appear in autumn, 2017. Her three earlier Skeet novels—Every Hidden Fear, Every Broken Trust, and Every Last Secret—and her books of poetry—Skin Hunger and Heart's Migration—have received critical recognition and awards, such as St. Martin's Press/Malice Domestic Best First Novel, International Latino Book Award, Latina Book Club Best Book of 2014, Midwest Voices & Visions, Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award, Thorpe Menn Award, and Ragdale and Macondo fellowships. Her short story, “The Good Neighbor,” published in the anthology, Kansas City Noir, has been optioned for film.
Rodriguez is past chair of the AWP Indigenous Writer’s Caucus, past president of Border Crimes chapter of Sisters in Crime, founding board member of Latino Writers Collective and The Writers Place, and a member of International Thriller Writers, Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers, and Kansas City Cherokee Community. Visit her at http://lindarodriguezwrites.blogspot.com