I could have grand moments of revelation among my characters, but does that happen in life? Well, it hasn't in mine. And perspective is, and can be, everything in how someone sees something. In college I participated in a study where three of us watched the same film. We all saw something different. I didn't even see the crime that occurred on camera. I had a totally different opinion of what the movie was about. And so I thought, with my most complex character Chrissie Parker, so it shall be for her.
Some authors write first person with shifting points of view. This is a particularly difficult style of writing a novel and I've only read one author, Rachel Blaufeld, who does it well(don't send me letters. I know there are probably more. I just haven't read their work). I decided instead to run parallel series. Each character has their own complete story, but if you read Affair without End and Half Shell together, the reader will gain a different perspective of what's going on in my fictional Santa Barbara universe. I think it makes the story tell more fun.
I do however pull my contemporary fictional universe into one space and time, for one book. Broken Crown, the first book of the Sand and Fog Series and the first book for Kaley Stanton. In that book I do shifting first person points of view. Not by chapter, but by parts. Each character important to Kaley gets to tell a little something about how Kaley's life ends up how it does at the start of her series. Hopefully, I do it well. You'll let me know if I don't. Will my readers like it and continue on the journey of my fictional world and my fictional girls? We will see with the release of the Sand And Fog Series starting Fall 2015.
I wish you Peace.
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