C is for Cards: Issues for a Blind Character

04 Apr
Is the book I choose for my blind character to read even available in Braille?

Is the book I choose for my blind character to read even available in Braille?

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Can a 21-year-old blind girl play cards with her sighted friends?  One of the reasons I like writing fiction is because when I sit down to write I can jump straight in and get the story and characters down. Research, though, is a part of almost every kind of writing. Sometimes I skip over the part that needs to be researched and forge ahead. Sometimes the research stops me dead in my tracks for a while.

This happened not long after I got my ideas down for Desta Cartwright, the blind heroine in my second novel, Death Taint. The heroine from my first novel was moving in with a blind roomie. How would the cabinets be organized? The lay out of the furniture? There were roommate adjustments beyond the norm. Desta moved off to the small town to be independent for the first time in her life. How would she search the web? Play cards? What job would she have? And can she knit? Knitting played an important role in one of the pivotal scenes of the book. (Curious? Read this scene in the sample here.)

So I turned to research and writing lagged. Now I have an entire document called “Issues for the Blind” with all my notes about cooking, furniture arrangement, labeling items in home, relationships, technology available and its costs, etc. The section on using a cane vs. a guide dog is so interesting, but I needed to figure out why MY character uses only a cane. A dog just wouldn’t work since canines react badly to my vampires. The things I learned fascinated and inspired. Perhaps you have questions as well?

A big THANK YOU shout out to which is an excellent resource for information and accessibility.

Living Blind is an online community of blind and visually impaired people sharing ideas to create a friendly and informative site so that we can learn and grow together! We offer information and helpful how-to tips as well as a place to just relax, soak up some knowledge about Living Blind and gain some moral support and much encouragement.

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Kristin King is an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel in the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).



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4 responses to “C is for Cards: Issues for a Blind Character

  1. kristinkingauthor

    April 8, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Yes! I’ve seen that. One of the things I learned was that the keyboard that allows the blind to easily access information on the screen (for instance from internet) costs $10,000.00. Can you imagine your keyboard costing that much?

  2. Stepheny Houghtlin

    April 5, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Visiting you on the the 5th day of the #challenge. Looking for fellow writers and here you are. Love the presentation of this blog. Congratulations. Hope you make lots of new blogging friends this month. If you have time or interest, I’m writing about gardening and related things this month. Come and see me. Have fun.

  3. M Pepper Langlinais

    April 4, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Cool. I co-wrote a screenplay with a blind leading man and had to do some similar research.

  4. Susan Gourley

    April 4, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    How very interesting. I watch the TV shows Covert Affairs where one of the CIA analysts works on computers all day so I guess that is all available for the blind.


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