Hello fellow readers,
It’s been a while since I shared something other than book tour stops, cover reveals, and reviews. Given that Deliverance’s book blog tour kicks off this week, I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about this wonderful story I crafted on and off for a year.
Deliverance, like most of my books, is one I hold dear to my heart. The idea spun in the most unconventional way, and while I will discuss in more detail how the actual plotline came together on a different post, today I want to share why the male protagonist in Deliverance is nameless.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. A male protagonist with no name! What was going through your head, woman? Well, there’s a history to every development and as I state in what mindset I was in while working on Deliverance, you’ll (hopefully) understand why I made this decision.
Have I got your attention yet? Sounds like an interesting twist, doesn’t it?
Continue reading for an exclusive view into the musings of a paranormal author…
Why I Chose Not to Name the Male Lead
Not naming the male lead was a decision I wrestled with throughout the year or so I spent writing Deliverance. However, in order for my mentality to be understood, I feel as if I should first share where the concept for this book originated from.
It came to me in a dream…
Yes, as cliché as it might sound, this is how Deliverance was born. I’m still able to recall the vivid, detailed scenarios vividly playing out in my subconscious today, as if it were yesterday. Have you ever had such a realistic dream that you wake up feeling as it was all real? That’s what I experienced.
I’m not usually a morning person, but I hopped out of bed immediately with the intent of writing down every single thing while it was still fresh in my mind. I must’ve scribbled about 12 pages’ worth of information and left it at that. I didn’t get started on Deliverance until months after my daughter was born, and I worked on this particular story on and off for about a year. As the plot developed, I analyzed the overall story, looking deeper into the male lead’s background. I realized that although every character needs a name, label, alias—should have one in fact—it didn’t make much sense to do the same with the male lead. At least, not right away.
His history is a complicated one, and as such I wanted his reality to play into every aspect of his life, including something as simple or common as having a name. For someone raised in a hostile, volatile environment, and used as a violent tool against enemies, I figured the male lead’s creator wouldn’t bother naming his creation, but referring to him by either a number or some sobriquet, which is why in the end I made the risky decision to allow him to go unnamed for most of the novel for the sake of credibility. I believe it worked well in the end. It makes him more believable, relatable even.
As readers delve into the world I’ve shaped in Deliverance, they’ll connect the dots, and paint a broader picture of the male lead’s life, background, and his overall purpose. I won’t go into detail out of respect for those who haven’t read the book yet. However, I will say that how I chose to address this minor bump in the road is one of my favorite scenes in the book and I sincerely hope others enjoy it as much as I still do.
In case I haven’t enticed you into picking up a copy of Deliverance yet, below are a couple of teasers that might help ease your decision or guilt you into snatching an eBook asap.