Sunday, August 11, 2013
Wicked Hunger by DelSheree Gladden
Book Title: Wicked Hunger
Series: SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes
Author: DelSheree Gladden
Release Date: July 9th
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Length: 95,000 words/240 pages
Publisher: GMTA Publishing LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
The Rise of First Person
When starting a new writing project, many writers immediately gravitate to third person past tense, but first person is becoming more popular in fiction. Many writers shy away from first person because others have told them it’s too hard or unconventional. True, is can be difficult to write first person, but something being unconventional is hardly a reason to pass it off.
First person is fast becoming common in YA writing especially. It works well with YA because it gives a very in-the-moment sense to the whole story—the same way many teens experience life at that age. Everything is very immediate—decisions, reactions, drama, consequences. Teens like to feel that they are experiencing the story right along with the character. If done well, first person can poignantly capture the teen experience and draw readers into your characters’ world.
So, what does first person give readers? It can give readers a deeper look into the character’s heart, mind, and soul. Their emotions come straight from the person feeling them. Their struggle is completely internal. Self-doubt can be expressed with a single thought. Every aspect of the character can be shared with the reader on a more intimate level.
Another great aspect of writing in first person is that you can use deception differently than with third person. Because the story is told only through the character’s eyes, readers only get to know or experience what the character does. If a character misinterprets a comment or event, so must the reader. This can be used very effectively to steer readers in the direction you as the author want without lying to them or overtly tricking them. I have found this to be a very useful tool.
Humor, in most cases, must be handled differently when writing first person. In third person, a character can be a joker with little ill effect, but this is trickier with first person. Humor from the MC can often come off as arrogance. The reactions to humor must be carefully cultivated in first person. The other characters need to be the one to tell the reader what was just said was funny, not the MC.
In my own writing, I prefer to write in first person present tense. I get the benefits from first person mentioned above, as well as many others, and the present tense adds another layer of immediacy that is difficult to attain with past tense. However, I only use this when I write YA, because YA readers want to be swept along with the characters, live every moment with them. When I write for adult readers, I stick to the standard third person past. It’s the standard these readers expect, but it better speaks to the desire to be taken away from their own problems and observe someone else’s life. Whatever style you choose, know how the style will affect the way you write. If it’s not working, don’t force it. A different style may make all the difference.
Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. They have to be when they are hiding a deadly secret. Day after day, they struggle to rein in their uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering in order to live normal lives. Things only get worse when Ivy Guerra appears with her pink-striped hair and secrets. The vicious hunger Ivy inspires is frightening, not to mention suspicious.
Vanessa’s instincts are rarely wrong, so when they tell her that Ivy’s appearance is a sign of bad things to come, she listens. She becomes determined to expose Ivy’s secrets. Vanessa tries to warn her brother, but Zander is too enamored with Ivy to pay attention to her conspiracy theories.
One of them is right about Ivy … but if they lose control of their hunger, it won’t matter who is right and who is wrong. One little slip, and they’ll all be dead.
Delsheree Gladden's first book in her new YA series SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes is a riveting story of uncontrollable bloodlust that turns dealing with family, friendships, trust, devotion and love into a WICKED HUNGER~~~Susan Stec, author of Dead Girls Never Shut Up and The Grateful Undead Series.
DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually teaching yoga, coaching gymnastics, reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, and The Destroyer Trilogy. DelSheree's newest series, The SomeOne Wicked This Way Come series, follows Vanessa and Zander Roth, siblings with an uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering that will either gain them limitless power or lead them to their deaths.