Another in the series of character bios for my novel KEPT. Here we have Andreas Alvarado, the corpulent and criminal manager of the tribal casino in Palm Springs (Montana Grande).
Who inspired me for this, who was I thinking of or who did I have in my mind’s eye while writing? James Gandolfini, Joe Mantegna, they come close. If they were Native American and lived in Palm Springs and were devious and bossy.
Sex, Age, Ht. and weight: Male, 45, 5-9, 200+ lbs.
Black/gray hair and black eyes.
Posture: good, pot belly though.
Appearance: dresses very nicely in the tribal executive style.
Has no visible deformities other than that he’s heavy.
Heredity: prone to alcoholism, high blood pressure. This means he could have a heart attack at any moment.
He was lower middle class, now with the tribal casinos, he’s upper class in income.
Occupation: he’s the tribal manager of the casino. He’s the big boss. He knows the governor!
Education: he’s a college graduate, a local college (San Bernardino) liberal arts marketing degree. His favorite subject was California History. He also did well in math, surprisingly. Good for counting money.
Home life: his aged mother is still alive, she’s revered in the tribe. The parents were also tribal leaders. His father is the person they named Andreas Road after in Palm Springs. Andreas himself is divorced and has 3 grown children. Two of the girls work at the casino, and the boy is away at Stanford. He’s so proud of his boy. (which is just another reason Jacy Martin hates him).
Religion: Roman Catholic with some of the tribal beliefs thrown in.
Community: He’s head of the tribal council. Also a member of many local civic organizations that have nothing to do with the tribe.
He is a Democrat, but has a lot of successful dealings with Republican congressmen and the former governor, etc.
Amusements: he’s very much a businessman, so he reads those kinds of magazines. He likes going to the movies. He’s odd that way, an independent film fan, who goes to arthouses. He also has a girlfriend (on the sly) who lives in Joshua Tree. She is an artist, a white woman. She makes jewelry, and he wears a lot of it.
Psych: He’s straight.
Premise, ambition: The face he shows to the public is very much a straight shooter, believes in doing what’s best for the tribe. Wants to build up the tribal holdings in Palm Springs to be very lucrative for the tribe — and himself. Works well with the white folks in town.
Frustrations, disappointments: Andreas is one of those people who are actually quite contented at his successes, legitimate and otherwise. He’s a little arrogant because of that. It’s only when Jacy starts trying to fuck him up that he has to go on the defensive.
Temperament: generally optimistic
Attitude: very militant. He gives orders, he is in charge.
Complexes: Superstitions. Andreas has a whole complement of superstition from the tribe. Gods on the mountain, of the desert plain, etc etc. He really believes in this stuff, as opposed to Jacy, who knows it’s bunk.
He’s an ambivert.
Abilities: Very good at math. He, unlike Jacy, does speak Spanish. And French. And Italian, and German. Even Swedish (for those Scandinavian tourists)!
Qualities: he has a really good business sense (as in new opportunities) and a low tolerance for bullshit. He can smell it a mile away. Distrustful of Jacy, as he should be.