Guess what? This is my hundredth blog post!
Today's Roadtrip Wednesday Topic is:
What themes, settings, motifs, scenes, or other elements do you find recurring in your work?
I've written roughly 2.5 novels and yes, I've revisited a number of elements. Sometimes over and over again.
- I tend to use rain as a thematic element and to add extra drama to moments of high tension. Probably because I live in Seattle and am quite familiar with rain weaving itself into my life. There'll usually be at least one "rain scene" in each of my stories.
- I've found myself returning over and over again to the idea of manipulation. Whether by the government or more immediate characters, I'm always interested in the ways that people will allow themselves to be manipulated. Do they even realize they're being used? At what point do they put their foot down? What pushes them to take action? My first book examined the idea from the standpoint that we're all the world's fools to some extent. The one I'm working on now is more empowered (but only a little bit). Yes, heavy stuff for YA, but is any age group more familiar with being controlled? I remember my teenage years as a constant game where I always had to deduce who was on my side and who was merely using me for their own gains. Someone can be your best friend one day and your worst enemy the next. Even those in positions of authority, like teachers, can't always be trusted. They have their own agendas and needs, which sometimes conflict with those of their students. So, yeah. I'm fascinated by manipulation.
- I also tend to explore the idea of "twisted romance". I've yet to yet to write a purely romantic book where two people fall in love at first sight and spend the rest of the story getting together. My characters are always falling in love with the wrong person or falling in love with the right person too late. Guess I'm just a jerk.
So, there you go. What about you? Do you find you have a similar approach to romance or manipulation? Do you use rain in your stories, or is some other kind of weather more common to you?
Thanks for reading!