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Friday, February 4, 2011

Guest Blogger: Ava Stone


To me, the most fascinating part of writing or reading, for that matter, is a character’s point of view. I love getting in the head of a character and finding out what makes them tick. And realizing how the same scene and the same circumstance can seem vastly different to each of the characters in any particular scene. As people, we bring all the baggage of our upbringing and life’s experiences into any given situation. Characters are just the same, to my way of thinking. Just because a character is secondary or not the POV character during any particular scene doesn’t mean that those characters don’t have a POV that isn’t shown. But as authors we should know what it is to make our stories richer and more well rounded.

This summer I took my son to see Megamind. And adored the movie for showing us the villain’s point of view. He’d been belittled and mocked while growing up and eventually decided that if he couldn’t be good, he’d be bad. But he’s not bad and he never really was. It all depends on the lens in which the story is told. Remember that old quote from Jessica Rabbitt? “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.”

So this idea I had, about who is telling the story and how others have their own un-shown POV was the catalyst for a pair of books I recently published. In both A Scandalous Wife and A Scandalous Charade, some of the same events transpire, but the reader’s takeaway is vastly different depending on the character whose eyes the story is seen through.

An unfortunate event occurred five years before the open of both books, involving the heroine from A Scandalous Wife and the hero from A Scandalous Charade. The two books happen concurrently, and though the main plots of each have nothing to do with the other, at one point the two stories collide and readers have the chance to see a couple of scenes told through a different character’s point of view. As an author, this was amazingly satisfying to write as I got to explore both sides of the same story.

Is there a story you’d love to read or see through a different character’s eyes?

11 comments:

  1. Ava, I've read both your books, and I just love how they inter-connect. It's so much fun to revisit a familiar scene and realize it's the same but totally different. Thanks for guest blogging with us today. :)

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  2. Oh, Clarissa, thanks for having me today!

    I'm so glad you enjoyed both books. It was a challenge when I was writing them to make certain specific plot points happened when they were supposed to in each book. But that also made it a lot of fun. Like a puzzle I was putting together.

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  3. Ava,

    Thanks for being our guest today. What a challenge to write two stories that overlap in time, but you pulled it off amazingly well.

    Hmm... I'm trying to think of a story I would have liked to see from a different pov and I'm drawing a blank. However, I like going into other characters' povs. I don't like an omniscient point of view, but venturing into other characters' minds can add depth to a story, imo.

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  4. Ava, the books sound fascinating. It's a good reminder that each character sees the same event a little differently, based on how they filter information, what fears or prejudices they have, etc. It does make for a richer reading experience. Great info!

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  5. Samantha...Thanks for the welcome. I'm trying to think of a funny story that could be told through someone else's eyes. Maybe the baby in Raising Arizona. That would be a completely different story as told by the baby. :)

    Donna...Thanks so much. I really appreciate it.

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  6. Loved the blog and couldn't agree with you more on secondary characters' POV.

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  7. Wow, sounds really interesting, Ava. Thanks for joining us here today! I think choosing the pov character is a crucial part of the story telling process and your post just proves that point! I'll have to pick up these stories because I'm totally curious now to see how you pulled that off.

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  8. Hi Ava, I love the covers of your books, very beautiful. Great write up about POV. I especially like what you said about secondary characters having a POV that's shown. Sometimes it can be a challenge to write that, but it's necessary (sp?) all the same.
    Thanks for the great article, it was a pleasure to read.

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  9. Lydia...Thanks! I love your books.

    Melissa...I hope you enjoy the books. I learned so much from writing them. (One of the things I learned is books occurring simultaneously are HARD!)

    Debby...Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed the blog.

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  10. Ava, what a great blog. I have to say, you look familiar to me. Perhaps I saw you in Orlando last year? If I'd known who you were, I would have asked for your autograph! I loved both books - definitely for my virtual keeper shelf :)

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  11. Jerrica...You're too sweet. I was in Orlando for RWA last year, but alas I won't be in NYC this year. Maybe we can meet face to face some time in the future.

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