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Title: Slaying Isidore’s Dragons
Author: Cody Kennedy
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Follow the burgeoning love of two teens during the worst year of their lives. Irish-born Declan David de Quirke II is the son of two ambassadors, one Irish and one American. He is ‘out’ to his parents but to no one else. French-born Jean Isidore de Sauveterre is also the son of two ambassadors, one Catalan and one Parisian. His four half brothers have been told to cure him of his homosexuality. Both teens have lost a parent in a London car bombing.
Declan and Isidore meet at the beginning of their senior year at a private academy in the United States. Declan is immediately smitten with Isidore and becomes his knight in shining armor. Isidore wants to keep what is left of his sanity and needs Declan’s love to do it. One is beaten, one is drugged, one is nearly raped, one has been raped. They are harassed by professors and police, and have fights at school, but none of it compares to running for their lives. When the headmaster’s popular son attempts suicide and someone tries to assassinate Declan’s mother, they are thrown headlong into chaos, betrayal, conspiracy, allegations of sexual coercion, even murder. And one of them carries a secret that may get them killed.
5 Best friends
4 Vicious brothers
3 STD tests
2 Guys in love
1 Car bombing
Nowhere to run
Writing a teen Bourne Identity:
Suspension of disbelief or willing suspension of disbelief is a term coined in 1817 by the poet and aesthetic philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who suggested that if a writer could infuse a “human interest and a semblance of truth” into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative. Suspension of disbelief often applies to fictional works of the action, comedy, fantasy, and horror genres. The phrase “suspension of disbelief” came to be used more loosely in the later 20th century, often used to imply that the burden was on the reader, rather than the writer, to achieve it. These fictional premises may also lend to the engagement of the mind and perhaps proposition of thoughts, ideas, art and theories. (Wiki)
Writing high action into any work requires that an author consider genre and the length to which he expects an audience to suspend disbelief. In writing fantasy, a reader expects to embrace action engendered by magic or superpowers with open arms. In writing a contemporary story, not so much. Unless, of course, you’re writing for Jason Bourne. Then, anything is possible.
When I set out to write Slaying Isidore’s Dragons, I wanted to write a story that included a lot of action. I wanted to take the story to the level of a Bourne Identity, or a Mission Alwayspossible film, and wanted to give readers a thrill and an imaginary ride. When I set out to write what borders on the fantastic, I often remind myself not to take the suspension of disbelief too far.
There are a few scenes in Slaying Isidore’s Dragons where I ran that risk. The one that stands out most in my mind is Isidore’s rescue from an insane asylum in England. Isidore is kidnapped by his abusers, flown from the U.S. to England, institutionalized at a questionable facility—a facility he was placed in after he attempted suicide following his mother’s death. It’s a horrid place and he was further abused there. Declan and his mother Sorcha, an ambassador with diplomatic powers, employ the fine talents of the Irish Secret Security Service—otherwise known as MI6, place agents inside the institution, and rescue Isidore. Isidore is then flown from England to Ireland, and embarks on a road trip through the Blackstairs Mountains to an area near Ferns Castle and is hidden away at Sorcha’s Irish home. Can this happen? Yes! Are youth “kidnapped” by their abusers once they’ve left their abusive environment? All the time. More often than you might guess. Are youth institutionalized against their will? All the time. Are there covert operators in questionable facilities? All the time. There are a number of youth facilities in Utah that have been closed down in exactly this manner. Are youth “rescued” from these facilities via stealth extraction, flown away, and sequestered near a castle? I suppose. Maybe. Not. But it was fun to write! There were several opportunities to run amuck with these scenes, both by adding elements and by taking the wrong ones away.
The moral to this post is: You don’t have to be entirely realistic, but you must be reasonable. Readers are not ignorant and if you press them to suspend disbelief too far, they’ll throw your book across the room before finishing it and likely never pick it up again.
Enjoy Slaying Isidore’s Dragons and comment below to win a copy of my book, Omorphi!
About the Author:
Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Cody doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Cody contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Cody can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.
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