It’s chilly out tonight. Perfect setting for cuddling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate and a new, or old, book in hand to dive into for the next hour or so.
Actually, that sounds like a plan and I might just give in soon. But first I thought I’d share another anecdote about the male lead in Deliverance.
With Dissension’s release just around the corner, I thought it would be a great idea to share a little bit about Tiger’s name. Or lack of one, in fact. Confused? Well, then, allow me to explain.
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. 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 will enjoy it as much as I still do.
So that’s pretty much how things shaped up. Do I still think I made a wise choice? Absolutely.
If you’re unfamiliar with the story, here’s a refresher.
He’s been locked away his entire life.
He dreams of freedom.
The only way he can accomplish his goals is by breaking free of the chains tying him to a dark past and gloomy existence. But there’s one catch. He’s not human.
And he’s never set foot outside his jail.
Devoted to saving his peers as well as his own life, he sets out to find the one person that can help him achieve his objectives. He knows where she will be and what she will look like, but what he doesn’t anticipate is the fact he finds himself caring for the girl whose life he’s put at risk, more and more each day.
He has no name.
He has only known hatred and violence before her.
However, she will teach him to have faith in humanity, even if she can’t trust him.
Together they will embark on a journey to bring down a corrupt system responsible for the loss of many innocent lives. But when he finds his feelings compromised, can he still move on knowing that doing so will put an end to the life she once knew? How far is he willing to go to be free?
Dissension, the sequel to Deliverance is due for a November 24th release.
In an age where humans dominate the world…
And supernatural creatures exist in the cover of darkness…
He must find a place among his rivals or risk losing it all.
Hayden has had his hands tied coping with life outside of the Institutes. He’s come far despite all the bumps along the way. He’s allowed himself to believe he could live a normal life…until a new threat makes its presence known.
In an instant, his entire life is flipped upside down once more. Those he cares for are not safe with or without him. There’s no escaping his past. Or permanent solution to his problems. One way or another he’ll become the target for all those looking to destroy the hybrid who endangers their way of life and challenges everything they’ve ever known.
Now he must decide between kill or be killed, and risk becoming the very monster he’s fought so hard to prove he’s not. Freedom has come with a price, but is he willing to pay the cost?