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“The moon continued to light the dark night. Leander didn’t know what to say, so he grabbed a blanket and climbed onto the windowsill. Raphael gently rested his head on Leander’s chest. Leander pulled the blanket over the both of them while Raphael cried.”
The sentences above are from my novel, Disappear With Me. Fifteen-year-old Rafael has come to stay in fourteen-year-old Leander’s household. This is just he beginning of a lifetime of friendship and love for these two boys. Although his father is a member of the peerage in Victorian England, Rafael rebels against the customs and rules during his time. This includes having ar romantic relationship with Leander in their late teens and early twenties while they are at Cambridge.
Disappear With Me is the story of Leander’s journey during his trial in 1910. This snippet after Rafael moves into the household is just one of the events in Leander’s life that helps form his thoughts and actions as an adult. Just like all of us. I like snippets into romantic characters childhoods. For me, it helps me understand and empathize with the characters. It also helps me examine my own past and connect the dots to present day thoughts and actions. That’s been important to me in this last year of self-exploration and discovery.
Love You Forever by Amelia Bishop and Always by Kindle Alexander are two of my favorite books that show the romantic couple over most of their lives. I like to include as much of a character’s life as the story allows. I suppose that comes from my teen years reading sagas like Roots and anything John Jakes.
What about you? Do you like glimpses into a character’s youth to see how and why they think and act as they do in the story? If so, what is your favorite title that includes a long time in a character’s or couple’s life? I’d love to hear!
About Dean FrechWith inspiration from historical tourism sites, the love of reading, and a desire to write a novel, Dean started crafting his debut novel, A Place to Call Their Own, in 2008. After four years of writing and polishing the manuscript, it was accepted and published by Musa Publishing in 2013. His second novel, Disappear With Me, set in Edwardian England was published later that same year by Musa.
Dean lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his husband, Thomas (legally as of February 14, 2015), and their two cats. They are involved in their church and enjoy watching movies, outdoor activities in the warmer weather, and spending time together with friends and family. In addition to writing, his hobbies include reading and patio gardening.
Dean is currently working a standalone title, Need Your Love, set in 1966, and The Higher Law, a continuation of the story of Frank and Gregory’s family set in the 1930s.
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