Today it is our stop and the stop in the UK Blog Tour for Whisper. I am super excited to have Chrissie on the blog with a guest and the lovely people over at Templar have kindly offered ONE copy of the book in a giveaway for the UK Mainland. Also my review is just in the post before this one :)
Getting addicted to first person by Chrissie Keighery
I have a confession. I’m an addict.
It took me 18 months to write Whisper. It was an easy decision to write Demi in first person, since I wanted the reader to experience Demi’s journey as she does. Which is fine.
The trouble is….I can’t seem to get out of first person. I’ve been commissioned to write three books in a new series called Girl V the World. The initial contract asks for these books to be written in third person. But I conveniently forgot about that when I began. When my editor saw the first draft, in first person, she reminded me. Luckily, she let it go. As Hilary put it : If it felt so right for you to do it that way, we should go with it.
It does feel right. This morning, I wrote a scene that made me tear up. Go figure! I’m not sure it would have had that effect if I’d tried it in third person. First allows so much intimacy with the main character. That’s the up side. The down side is that it’s harder to create three dimensional secondary characters. Everything they do/say/think has to be filtered through the main character’s eyes.
It’s a trade off. I’ve written loads of books in the past that were third person, and I hope I’m not boxing myself into one particular approach.
So, here’s a pledge. I, Chrissie Keighery, will try to wean myself off first person and diversify my writing.
UK Mainland Giveaway