[A few appearances today. Leave a comment to be in on the $10 book gift card from your e-tailer of choice! I’m at the awesome Grave Tells site today, where I’m telling about the Sentinels of New Orleans characters’ greatest fears. Do you want to know what REALLY scares Alex? There’s a extra giveaway with this post. I’m also at Books and Tales, talking about writing the Sentinels series. There’s also a book giveaway with this one!
Today, please help me welcome Pembroke Sinclair to Preternatura! She is stopping by as part of the virtual book tour featuring her latest release, Wucaii, which was released April 12 by MuseItUp Publishing. I only have one word for you: DRAGONS!
Pembroke, who also writes under the name Jessica Robinson, is a freelance content editor for Musa Publishing, as well as a content and line editor for eTreasures Publishing. You can learn more about Jessica/Pembroke by visiting her website, on Facebook or on her blog.
ABOUT WUCAII: After five hundred years’ labor destroying worlds, half-dragon half-human Aelana returns to her home planet. She expects to be anonymous, but instead she is worshipped as a god. She finds the reincarnation of her centuries-dead first and only love and life begins anew. Little does she know, however, that a shrewd and formidable evil lays in wait, one with the power to undo everything she’s worked for. To maintain the balance of the universe, she must confront and destroy the menace before it annihilates her and everything she loves.
And now, let’s here from Pembroke…
The Human Conditionby Pembroke Sinclair
I am fascinated by the human condition. I think most of us are. It’s intriguing to speculate and figure out what our fellow human beings are thinking. It’s fascinating to imagine how they would react in certain situations. Authors and readers alike enjoy exploring various scenarios and seeing how characters react. That’s why stories are so popular.
Wucaii is no exception to that theory. Like so many other stories, it explores the human condition and how characters react when faced with impossible odds. The only difference is that the main character isn’t exactly human anymore. She’s a human-dragon hybrid. Not only is she trying to figure out what makes her a human, she has to figure out how to fit in with the dragons.
Sometimes the best way to understand the human race is to step outside of it. How would different creatures perceive us? How would they react to what we do? It was a fun experiment to see if I could answer those questions from a mixed perspective. It was also challenging because I’m a human. My perception is biased because of what I am. I had to step outside of myself and imagine what it would be like to be a creature looking from the outside in. But that also had its challenges because Aelana still retains her human characteristics. My goal was to find the balance between the two.
I really enjoyed writing Aelana as a human-dragon hybrid.
It was fun to explore her human compassion and heartache and try to balance that with her dragon knowledge.
My ultimate goal, however, was to write an
I think I accomplished that, but the readers are the only ones who can tell for sure!
Thanks, Pembroke! For those of us that write about characters who may be part human or non-human, it is definitely a challenge to present them through their eyes rather than our own. What do you guys think? The issue reminds me of our recent blog read of the first book in the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter–she does such an amazing job of getting inside the beast’s head and really differentiating between Jane’s voice and that of her beast.
And, sure, leave a comment and I’ll pick something good from my towering stacks of TBR reads–two of which collapsed last night and are creating a thick booklike “carpet” across my office floor. I’m one step away from an episode of “Hoarders: Buried Alive.” Yeah, maybe I’ll even send TWO books!