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Today I’m on the ‘Beast Heart’ blogtour, organised by Meerkat Press.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but b
About the Author :
Kyle Richardson lives in the suburban wilds of Canada with his adorable wife, their rambunctious son, and their adventurous daughter. He writes about shapeshifters, superheroes, and the occasional clockwork beast, moonlights as an editor at Meerkat Press, and has a terrible habit of saying the wrong thing at the most inopportune moments. His short fiction has appeared in places such as Love Hurts: A Speculative Fiction Anthology and Daily Science Fiction.
Title: Beast Heart by Kyle Richardson
Release Date: 3/31/20
Genre: YA / Paranormal / Steampunk
When the girl with the clockwork hand meets the boy with the beast heart, sparks fly in this poignant, adventure-filled debut.
Book 1 of the Steambound Trilogy.
When Gabby’s hand turns to steam, her mom hires an engineer to build her a clockwork glove. It’s the last thing Gabby wants—if only she could be normal. But when her mom is attacked by something monstrous, normal is no longer an option. Now the only person she can turn to is a grizzled detective, who promises to help her become something … more.
Meanwhile, Kemple’s foster dad treats him like a slave. And the beatings are getting worse. So when a rebellious girl named Josephyn arrives—with a plan to escape to the city—he doesn’t hesitate. But there are creatures in Iron Bay whose slashes are worse than skin-deep. And as Kemple evolves into something inhuman, his search for a cure begins.
They are strangers in a city where carriages rattle, airships rumble, and where their own dark pasts continue to haunt them. Soon their paths will collide, and the girl who slays monsters will come face to face with the boy who is becoming a beast.
Guest Post :
What’s the biggest challenge of writing from the viewpoints of two different characters?
I’d say the biggest challenge of a dual-POV narrative is a matter of harmony. How do these perspectives compliment each other? How do they challenge each other? How do their edges fit, when nestled side by side?
The easiest writing path is, of course, to simply not worry about such things. To tell the characters’ stories naturally, and to let the chips fall where they may. But a lot of readers expect more than that. They want cohesion. Meaning. Purpose. They might not be consciously aware of these things while reading, but the desire for some sort of purposeful story architecture is still there. Without it, readers are likely to complain that the tale felt “confusing”, “aimless”, or, worst of all: “boring”!
There’s a risk, however, of a writer trying too hard to make a story line up in a meaningful way. If the structure is too obvious, then readers are likely to complain that things felt “forced”, “unnatural”, or “preachy”.
So what’s a writer to do?
For me, the key is to focus on something simple: something small and distinct to keep in mind when dealing with both characters. In Beast Heart, that happened to be their self-identities. How does Gabrielle see herself, in relation to the world? How about Kemple? And how do they view themselves, in relation to each other?
The reader is being asked to travel on a journey with two different POVs as their literary “eyes”, so it makes sense to treat both perspectives as two ends of a scale: push and pull. Weight and counterweight. Opposite ends of a spectrum, with the reader in the unique position of existing in the middle.
Usually, readers expect two perspectives like this will eventually come together, either in a clash of conflict, or in a unifying merge. Possibly a mixture of both. Whatever the outcome, the story needs to reach some kind of satisfying cadence, one that can only be created by the combining of notes that, until that point, seemed completely discordant.
I’d like to say that I achieved that in Beast Heart, but a lot depends on the reader. What sounds like steam whistling through gears, to one ear, might very well sound like claws tearing through skin, to another.
And in the end, they’d both be right.
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