Release Date: July 15, 2012
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Point of Views
One common POV used in stories is third-person. Three of my novels, including the young adult novel THE GIRL WHO REMEMBERED HORSES, are written in third-person limited, which is in one person’s perspective, and told in the past tense. Alice felt the forest unfold around her. She darted quickly through the trees as her pursuer advanced. She shivered.
I could also tell this in first-person past tense, getting inside Alice’s head even closer. I felt the forest unfold around me. I darted quickly through the trees as my pursuer advanced. I shivered.
Another common POV, especially in Young Adult literature, is first-person present tense. This brings it closer yet. I feel the forest unfold around me. I dart quickly through the trees as my pursuers advance. I shiver.
When I started writing my brand new novel SIX DEGREES OF LOST, there were two characters who were speaking to me – Olive and David. Because I wanted to try something new, I let them both tell the story, in first-person present tense, and they alternate chapters.
I had fun with this, not only because it was a challenge, but because it allowed me to get close to both of my characters (and they both have their own set of problems they’re dealing with.) I was also able to portray the tangled up emotions of two teens, who each have a crush on the other but often misinterpret signals from the opposite sex. In the end, David and Olive’s friendship becomes even closer, and they end up taking a journey as their lives and problems collide.
During much of the story though, things between Olive and David are a jumble and a patchwork of feelings. That’s what I felt like as I was working on this manuscript. Trying to get the narrative to move forward while jumping from one character’s story to another was sometimes like putting together a jig-saw puzzle, but in the end, I think it turned out well. I hope that you enjoy it too, and that you’ll read SIX DEGREES OF LOST and let me know what you think.
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