So, this is a bit of an odd post. Having seen a fair amount of praise for Marin’s Codex, one of the things that popped out at me was how some readers really seem to like the limited perspectives in the book. That is something I want to discuss, at least somewhat. I should hasten to add, all of this is my point of view and interpretation. Feel free to disagree with me, because I know that I’m not perfect! Far from it, in fact.
If people aren’t certain what I’m meaning, here’s the essentials of it. In Ancient Dreams and Lilith’s Shadow, I wrote the stories from the perspectives of many characters. Sometimes these are minor characters, often major. In Marin’s Codex, aside from the prologue and epilogue, the entire book is written from the perspective of Emonael or Marin, with no other points of view involved.
The thing is, some people don’t like the multiple perspectives. Some people love them. In the case of Ancient Dreams, I wrote that way because it was the way I have largely written for years, save that I didn’t go hopping from one character to the next in the same scene. The other reason for this in that particular series was because with Sistina’s immobility, otherwise many things that happened in the book would come literally out of nowhere, and be considered deus ex machina by many readers. I felt it was necessary, and still do.
On the other hand, Lilith’s Shadow was different in that I was simply editing and re-writing an older story for Born a Queen, which used my older writing style. This was not necessarily something that improved the book, I’ve come to realize. What might have happened doesn’t matter, though. The book we have is the book we have. Down with the Queen isn’t going to change this, because I already started the series the way I did. If I choose to start a new series with the same characters, I may choose to alter my approach. We’ll see at that point in time.
Now then, Marin’s Codex used a different style entirely, focusing on Emonael and Marin so heavily, and some of you may wonder why I chose not to use other perspectives. The simple answer is that for the story I was telling, I felt that other perspectives would hurt the story. This was about Emonael and Marin, no one else. To understand them I had delve deep into who the characters were, and that meant focusing on them more. This allows readers to get a deeper understanding of each character, and I think this may be where the different reactions of readers come into play. Some people look for the emotional connection, and it’s hard to create with the perspective of Ancient Dreams and Lilith’s Shadow.
At this point, some of you may be wondering what this might mean for my future projects. The simple answer is… I don’t know. I find that, overall, my writing style and methods are drifting more toward the style of Marin’s Codex. I expect that Through the Fire and Sisters of Radiance will be more along the style of it, at least. Other projects will vary based on what I feel I need for the story.
Really, that’s what drives me in the end. I do what I think is most important for the story.