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Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:29:51 +1100 320 views

I've been given the impression that perhaps some people think I have an unfavourable opinion or feeling toward fatherhood because the main character, Deacon, has a hostile attitude toward his father, while being completely devoted to his mother. Deacon is one character of many. I tried to stay true to who I thought he was. I didn't try to write him to be "nice" just so people would like him.

The best characters have qualities we admire and those we don't. They need strengths and redeeming qualities, but they also need flaws. Without flaws there is no conflict. Without conflict there is no story. That said, I don't write mean characters for the sake of drama. I write who I think they are, and stay true to it.

The next thing I want to address is the "writing style" of Tree of Life. It's a traditional, old school type. It's not compact and fast-paced as many modern books. And it's quite long. It wasn't a mistake that the sentences are long, the descriptions heavy. It was my intention to write in a traditional style, the prose designed to be savoured. I agree there are parts that could be cut, sentence that could be tighter. It was my first book, and I was having a love affair with words, but I'm proud of my work.

I hope to do even better for my readers in the future. So far everyone has been so supportive. Thank you to all of you, it means a lot to me.

So just to wrap this thing up, I just want to say I respect fathers, despite some of my characters, and sometimes I'm in the mood to write lyrical prose!

Comment #1
Im surprised people have gone so far as to define you as an author by a character impression. I didnt feel like that at all when I read Tree of Life and believed Deacons vengeance was valid because of the things he endured. Strange the things people garner from fiction.
Posted by Jenny Melzer at Fri, 11 Mar 2011 03:53:47 +1100.
Comment #2
Reading an authors work can help us see patterns in their thoughts and illuminate insights into their personality but readers have to remember it is fictional work and authors are exploring characters that differ from their own. I agree that Deacons vengeance was valid. Who could not be angry at someone trying to steal their blood except maybe Bella from Twilight.
Posted by Elita at Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:23:22 +1100.
Comment #3
Hmm Im re-reading Tree of Life now and I dont think his vengeance could have been quite so extreme its not how I personally would react or indeed how I believe Elita would react she always seems so chilled to me. But it may be Deacons personality that led him to want to seek this vengeance just as jealousy leads him to loathe the elves for their perfect immortality while his mother withers away in her mortal flesh.He never really accepts Eomus as a replacement father and is rather aloof towards as well as blaming him for not ensuring his father got the justice that Deacon believed he deserved... indeed who can blame Eomus when it is in his upbringing to respect life no matter how depraved it has become while Deacon has scorned those teachings from the beginningI went off on a bit of a tangent. Woops. Keep writing how you like and to hell with the critics Elita
Posted by Kitty at Fri, 11 Mar 2011 14:44:58 +1100.
Comment #4
Yes absolutely Kitty. I think despite the many justified feelings Deacon has his jealousies and rage do eventually take him too far. I suppose in fantasy we often take things over the top because if you cant dramatize things in fantasy where can you I will be interested to see how readers respond to the overall story once part two has been released. Fingers crossed
Posted by at Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:56:03 +1100.
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