Author Guest Post
Thanks Kathleen for letting me visit and talk today about writing and different points of view.
We all know there are 3. First, second, and third.
First, what is the difference? I know that most people have known the difference since grade school but just in case you’re rusty, here is an explanation in brief.
First person is a view that is shown only through one person, usually the main character, and everything you write must be told through that character’s perspective. I, and we, are the main pronouns to describe the main character.
Third person is more from a high-level narrator view who knows what all characters are thinking and then decides what the reader should know. He, she, and they are used to describe the characters.
There is also second person, but it is rarely used in fiction writing because it’s considered too jarring to the reader. You is used so it seems you are telling someone what to do rather than telling them a story. In fiction, I couldn’t even imagine using this style with the genre I write. It would make no sense.
I started out writing in the first person because for me I felt it was the easiest. I enjoy putting myself in the place of the character and pretending I am living the story. As an only child growing up, I cultivated a vivid imagination that hasn’t left me in adulthood. My Presley Thurman and Trixie Pristine series are first-person.
While I really do like first person, and enjoy reading in first person as well, it does have its limitations. I sometimes struggle with wanting to tell the reader what another important character is thinking and I can’t when writing in first person. That aspect can get annoying.
So when I decide to start the Athena series I thought I would try my hand at third person. There are two main third person subsets. Limited and omniscient. Limited is more like first person, where you really only know all the thoughts and actions of the main character, and then other characters are presented externally. Omniscient is where you can ‘head hop” and you have the liberty to put all your characters thoughts out there for the reader to read. When I started writing my Athena series, I didn’t really pick which subset but it ended up being limited. I think because I am used to writing in first person it's hard for me to completely switch into that birds eye view. I want to be more intimate.
So far that is the only series I am writing from a third person point of view because I really found to enjoy writing in first person better.
As a reader, I don’t really have a preference. I enjoy novels in both points of view and would never make a buying choice based on the point of view it was written in.
What about you? Do you prefer one point of view over another?
About The Author
As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.
Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.
Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.
Taking the plunge to write books (cozy mysteries and chick lit) that she actually let people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to being a real author, having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, Writing is a Lifestyle, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.
Stiletto & Scoundrels by Laina Turner
Book 1: The Presley Thurman Mysteries Series
Publisher: Five Seas Ink
Publication Date: Paperback - February 23, 2010 / eBook - March 21, 2010
Format: Paperback - 326 pages
Kindle - 4333 KB
Nook - 356 KB
ASIN: B003YJEQPYBNID: 2940011394782
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Buy The Book:
Book 1: Stilettos & Scoundrels
Book 2: Necklaces & Nooses
Book 3: Handbags & Hooligans
Book 4: Mistletoe & Murder
Book 5: Gems & Gunshots
Book 6: Cupids & Crooks
Book 7: Tiaras & Texans
Book 8: Vows & Victims
Book 9: Accessories & Alibis
Book 10: Romance & Revenge
Book 11: Bats & Bling
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Presley tells her boss what he can do with her job in HR and embarks on a new career as a freelance journalist. What seems like a simple interview with a Senator turns to murder when the day after her interview the Senator turns up dead. Does the fact that Presley was one of the last people to see him alive make her a suspect? Her ex-boyfriend Cooper, who was in charge of the Senators security, might think so. Presley is determined to clear her name but can she do it and resist Cooper’s charms?
My Book Review:
In Stilettos & Scoundrels, the first book in The Presley Thurman Mysteries Series, the reader is introduced to Presley Thurman, an ex-HR representative turned freelance journalist and amateur sleuth.
Presley Thurman lost her job in the HR department of a Chicago corporation when she refuses her boss' sexual advances. She hooks up with her friend Trevor, and accepts his offer to be a freelance journalist, and write stories for his online magazine. Her first assignment is to interview a U.S. Senator in her hometown. The day after the interview, the Senator is found murdered, and Presley was the last person to see him alive, and now finds herself a suspect in his murder. To add to the craziness, she discovers that her ex-high school boyfriend Cooper Sands, is in charge of the Senator's security. Presley is determined to clear her name and prove her innocence, so she teams up with Cooper to investigate the Senator's murder and find the real killer.
Author Laina Turner weaves an entertaining cozy mystery with a chick lit twist that follows Presley Thurman as she gets herself embroiled in the Senator's murder investigation. Told in the first person narrative, Presley is a sassy lady with a penchant for fashion (shoes) and snooping. Presley's investigation is filled with enough crazy trials and tribulations that will keep the reader guessing. And if that isn't enough, there are distractions that she has to deal with: being in her hometown has her reminiscing and gossiping with old friends, and working closely with Cooper makes it really hard for her to resist his charms. And even though there is someone who is out to harm Presley because of her investigation, she is determined to find the real killer, even when danger is around the corner.
Stilettos & Scoundrels has a good mixture of humor, mystery, and a touch of romance that will easily keep the reader engaged as they follow Presley's amateur investigative adventures. There is a lot that goes on between the pages of this story, especially with the amount of characters and the variety of crazy situations, but Presley's humorous shenanigans, and the intrigue and suspense behind the mystery of who really killed the Senator will keep you guessing right to the very end!
RATING: 4 STARS
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