Friday, November 21, 2014

Perceptions

I'll try to navigate this post without spoilers, but for those who've read Through the Fire you'll probably know exactly what I'm talking about. It will be interesting to get your opinions on it ;)

Let's get started:

One thing that I have learned on my journey so far is not to make assumptions or worry too much. You need to let the characters make the mistakes they're going to make and be who they are going to be without getting in their way.

The thing that got me thinking this more than anything else is that in Through the Fire there is a certain fae character who does something which could be construed as bad (although in context it's not really). In the initial drafts when it happened, I gasped and held my breath, and then said, "You can't do that, people will hate you!" but he insisted. And I'm glad he did. Looking back in hindsight everything that happened happened because he was being true to himself. He is who he is and if I'd forced him to change, it would have impacted on him as a character.

The funny thing is, this character that I worried so much about, like a panicked mother watching over a toddler in a playground--just waiting for the fall and inevitable scraped knee--seems to be a bit of a fan favorite. A number of people have said they hope he returns, or that they really liked him, and that they'd like to see him have his own book even. There is nothing more that an author can ever ask for really.

And . . . potential spoiler below if you want to know whether or not we'll hear more from this particular character:


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Last warning for spoiler:

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Yes, he will definitely be back at some stage.

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