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Title: Like Stars
Author: Selina Kray
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Michelle Cary
Genre/Sub-Genre: Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Mystery, Romance
What if your true love walked back into your life five years after his death?
Nathaniel Thredgold has finally returned from the war. Or has he? His lover, Wesley Douglas, isn’t sure. Wesley must put aside his engagement, his disbelief, and his anger to give his professional opinion. The truth about their relationship isn’t an option. But is this stranger really the Ravensworth heir and Wesley’s long-lost love? When your heart’s at stake, there’s no room for doubt.
Set in the Edwardian era, Like Stars is a tale of mysterious identities, scandalous family secrets, and lovers in a dangerous time.
Hi, everybody! I’m Selina Kray, and this is stop #6 on the Like Stars blog tour! A huge thank you to the lovely people at Prism Book Alliance for hosting me today, especially Brandilyn. And thank you for reading!
If you’ve taken as many writing workshops as I have, you’ll know that one of the most important pieces of advice given to first-time writers is to write in the first person, present tense. In Young Adult or New Adult literature in particular, this is a must. I would add all romance genres to that list as well. Why? Because it creates immediacy, urgency. You are there, in the character’s head, as they go through the events of the novel. Well done, it gets the blood stirring, the heart strings playing. Badly done… Well, we’ve all read a few of those!
My problem with this kind of advice is twofold. One, I have always hated writing in the first person (love to read ’em, just can’t bear to write ’em). Two, they are mixing up point of view with perspective.
In writing, there are three main points of view: first, second, and third person. I know, you’re thinking, “But what about omniscient?” Trust me, I’m getting there. As the extremely useful and informative web site The Writer’s Craft explains:
“Perspective is the scene as viewed through the eyes/mind of the chosen character. The story, however, can be told from any one of several points-of-view regardless of the perspective chosen.” [source: http://www.the-writers-craft.com/point-of-view-in-literature-perspectives.html]
They list four types of perspective: single major character, minor character, multiple viewpoints, and omniscient (See? Told you). So, to my mind, you don’t need to write first person to create immediacy, but you do need to write from the perspective of one of your major characters, which you can do using any point-of-view.
In fact, one of my bugaboos about first person is that it limits your perspective of the other characters. When it fails in M/M romance fiction, it fails because the second male protagonist is too remote or misunderstood for too long, and the reader never warms up to him (a claim made by many a GoodReads reviewer). When it succeeds, this misunderstanding only affects the point-of-view character, while the reader feels as if they’re in on a secret. Jordan L. Hawk has this down to a science in her Whyborne & Griffin series.
I struggled a lot with perspective when starting to write Like Stars. My preferred perspective is multiple main character, third-person POV. I like to alternate between my two protagonists, so that the reader is entrenched in both of their worlds. But in Like Stars, one of my romantic leads, Nathaniel, may not be who he claims to be—the question of his identity is the great mystery of the book. The plot is about the efforts to discover whether or not he is an imposter. So could I write certain scenes from his perspective without giving away the truth too early? What name could I use for the character? Because even if he’s trying to prove that he’s Nathaniel Thredgold, that doesn’t mean that he is. Or isn’t. You’ll have to see for yourselves. 😉
I hope you’ll let me know what you think about my solution to this writerly conundrum by checking out the adventures of Nathaniel (?) and Wesley in Like Stars.
Like Stars is out Nov. 14th, 2014, from MLR Press.
Join me for the rest of the Like Stars Blog Tour!
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Coffee and Porn
Sinfully Sexy Books
Eressë’s Live Journal
About the Author:
Selina Kray is the nom de plume of an author and English editor. Professionally, she has covered all the artsy-fartsy bases, having worked in a book store, at a cinema, in children’s television and in television distribution, up to her latest incarnation as a subtitle editor and grammar nerd (though she may have always been a grammar nerd). A self-proclaimed geek and pop culture junkie who sometimes manages to pry herself away from the review sites and gossip blogs to write fiction of her own, she is a voracious consumer of art with both a capital and a lowercase “A”.
Having long ago realized that she was the Salieri to the lit world’s Mozarts, she has embraced her love of erotica with intricate plots, complex characters, and lots of heart. Whether she has achieved this goal is for you, gentle readers, to decide. At present, she is hard at work on future novels at home in Montreal, Quebec, with her wee corgi serving as both foot-warmer and in-house critic.
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