Guest Post: Fragile Destiny by Suzanne Lazear
Posted by What The Cat Read
Today we are excited to be able to once again host the ever wonderful Suzanne Lazear and her newest novel in her Aether Chronicles, Fragile Destiny! Suzanne has written a special guest post for us to share with you all, but before we get to that, we’d like to tell you a bit about Fragile Destiny first, murr! =^.^=
Guest Post by Suzanne Lazear
From my point of view…
The Aether Chronicle’s series is written in 3rd person. Choosing a POV is a lot more than just looking at the trends. It has to do with making sure the story is told in the best way possible. Some stories lend themselves better to being told a certain way or by a certain person, and sometimes it’s different than how you originally think.
For example, the very first time I tried to write Steampunk, I wrote a story unrelated to this series entirely in 1st person, from only her POV. It was a fun story, but lacking in something. Eventually, what I discovered was that it really was have at least one other POV, showing the other side of the story in order to give it the treatment it needed.
For me, I knew when I started delving into INNOCENT DARKNESS that this particular story couldn’t be told entirely from Noli’s POV. Not in the way I wanted to tell it. So much of the story would be missed. I needed other characters, like V and Kevighn, to lend their POV as well.
Actually, originally I planned to add in James and Charlotte’s POV as well, but that’s a story for another day.
I knew that I didn’t want to tell the stories of three different people in first person. That meant using 3rd person. However, a really good, close third can be nearly indistinguishable from 1st when you get into the story.
When writing multiple POVs, choosing the right character’s POV for each scene is critical. You have to consider who has the most to lose. There have been many times during the writing of this series where I’ve had to rewrite a scene from another character’s POV in order to get it right. The most notable, was in CHARMED VENGEANCE, where I took a twenty-page chapter from Noli’s POV and condensed it into a five page prologue, told by Charlotte. As much as I liked that Noli chapter, changing to Charlotte made the story stronger, tighter, and upped the tension. After all, she had a lot to lose.
Another thing to consider is making sure each character has a different feel to it, a different voice. After all, nothing is worse than all the POVs sounding exactly the same. Noli, V, and Kevighn all speak differently. There are words some use that others don’t. Variations in speech patterns. For example, Kevighn has much shorter paragraphs and sentences. Much more one word phrases. Steven’s are the longest. Noli’s someplace in the middle.
When it came time for FRAGILE DESTINY, I realized while I still needed V, Noli, and Kevighn to tell this story, there was one more POV I needed.
No, sorry, it’s not James. He’s shy you know. (Okay, not really.)
This fourth POV is a character you’ve heard of but never met. Her name is Elise Darrow—James and V’s little sister.
I knew that at some point in time Elise would need to be brought into the series. In FRAGILE DESTINY Elise becomes very important to the story, and often is off on her own and not with her older brothers—which warrants her own POV.
Writing Elise is a huge change from writing the other characters. She has V’s manners and formality, but is even more innocent than Noli.
For me, the biggest challenge in writing Elise is capturing a child’s voice without it sounding/feeling too Middle Grade. However, I did want it to feel a little Alice in Wonderland-ish (and sometimes a little The Big Bad Wolf-ish, since she meets up with mister bad wolf himself, Kevighn Silver.
Carefully, she picked her way through the gloomy wood, branches grabbing at her dress and stockings. Suddenly, the air sizzled. When it stopped, they came to a grove of magnificent trees. A tantalizing scent made her nose twitch and she could make out a dusky pink and purple sky through the treetops as they entered a grove.
“Now that’s a tree house,” she breathed. In the center of the grove stood a tree and in its branches sat a house formed of the tree itself. Pink and blue star-shaped flowers surrounded the base of the tree. Little balls of light flitted around her.
A purple wood faery flew over and sat on her shoulder, pulling her hair.
Elise giggled. “Hey.”
Another, this one blue, landed on her nose, and she went cross-eyed. The faery flew off and hovered near the green one.
“I’m very lost,” Elise told them.
Adding Elise in was quite fun, and she does meet a friend, a little boy from the dark court named Aodhan. Which, of course, makes things interesting. After all, there’s so much Elise doesn’t know.
Hopefully, you enjoy meeting Elise as much as I do.
FRAGILE DESTINY releases 8-8-14. Happy reading!
Other Tour Stops:
Aug 5: Pageturners blog
Aug 6: The Attic Reviews
Aug 7: Kate Tilton blog
Aug 8: Bookish Things And More
Aug 9: Mundie Moms
Aug 10: Night Owl Reviews
Aug 11: Book Raptured
Aug 12: Bitten By Books
Aug 13: Anonymous Interests
Aug 14: Awesomesauce Book Club
Aug 15: Tizzy Potts
About the Author
Suzanne Lazear is the author of the YA steampunk fairytale series The Aether Chronicles. INNOCENT DARKNESS and CHARMED VENGEANCE are out now from Flux. FRAGILE DESTINY releases 8-8-14. For more information on the series visit www.aetherchronicles.com.