Today we bring you a guest post by the talented Marilee Brothers, author of THE ROCK AND ROLL QUEEN OF BEDLAM and the Unbidden Magic series, beginning with MOONSTONE. You can find Marilee on her website and on twitter.
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.
by Marilee Brothers
I’ve always loved the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley. It speaks to me as a writer and a human being. As writers, we face monumental challenges, we persevere in spite of overwhelming odds and hopefully, we rebound from bitter disappointments bloody but unbowed. But, for me, Henley’s words resonate on a deeper level. I use the underlying premise of his poem to build my characters and their alternative worlds.
In the Unbidden Magic series I write for Bell Bridge Books, I started with a simple idea. My protagonist, fifteen-year-old Allie Emerson, had a story to tell. I needed to get inside her head to tell it. I am her conduit. Because Allie is always in charge, I had no choice but to write her story in first person narrative. I tried, but found I could not do it any other way.
At the beginning of Moonstone, Allie lives with her single mother in a 24 foot travel trailer parked next to a cow pasture in a small rural town. From the onset, I felt it was important for the paranormal aspects of Allie’s life to be an extension of her normal world. In other words, I let Allie guide me as she explored her telekinetic power by causing Blaster the bull to run backwards, as well as using her powers to defend a classmate against a gang attack. Moonstone is about self-discovery.
As I continue writing the series I occasionally wander off course. It’s embarrassingly obvious because the writing sucks, big time. I fuss and flounder a while, before the light bulb clicks on and realization strikes. It’s time for the mental equivalent of a slap upside the head. Hey, guess what? You’re not listening. Allie’s the boss. She is the master of her fate. She is the captain of her soul. Don’t. You. Forget. It. Dummy!
~ Marilee Brothers
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