I commented on an answer given on Hope, Honor, and Happiness’ blog post, Goal of an Author. The author was asked ‘what is the main point you want readers to get from your story (Kingdom of the Sun)? She gave a really eloquent and beautiful answer, and I had to say so! It made me think, ‘Well, crap, what’s my point again? I’m just writing to keep my sanity’.
In response to me, she posed the same question and wanted to know my answer. That blog article is about her and her pride and joy, and I didn’t want to lesson it with any sort of self-promotion. So, I’ll answer it here!
What is the main point I want readers to get from Red Moonglow on Snow? Well, there’s a few. This book made me explore so much about myself. What began as something fairly mainstream turned into something much greater.
First, Braveheart and Disney pissed me off. Disney kills all its mothers (I know, I bring this up a lot, and they’re kinda starting to change), and, ok, Braveheart didn’t piss me off, but it got me all stirred up and oriented. It was an awesome epic portrayal of fathers and sons and the spectrum of good and bad fatherly influences. As was Last of the Mohicans and countless others. Where is such a thing in regards to mothers and daughters and our varied relationships, and why are mothers so commonly villianized? Why are mother-daughter relationships so easily trampled with only problematic ones highlighted? That question completely shifted the direction this book was going.
Answer One: as a whole, these books explore the bonds between mothers and daughters. How they’re made, and how they’re broken.
Second: as a 3rd+ generation American, I have no ties to the cultures that made me. No language, no traditions, no beliefs, no knowledge. There’s even confusion about my last name, and exactly what country one side comes from. What would I do if I suddenly found myself in any of my countries of origin? Would I feel at home? Would I obtain a better sense of self?
Answer Two: This is where my protagonist finds herself at the very start of the story. There are parts of her history that she embraces, but a lot that she tries to block out.
Yet, lastly (but not finally)….my mom and I were talking around the table a couple days ago about the newest case of a woman who was kidnapped at 16 and recently found, now an adult, in Mexico. My mom talked about the girl’s mother and how she couldn’t imagine what she has gone through. I, however, have imagined it. I hope to have given a voice to that constant turmoil, horror, unknowing. I have imagined it but still, I look at my boys and I can’t imagine it.
Broad Spectrum answer: I want to show that strength comes in varied forms. My protagonist is broken and hurting, but in possession of a spirit that won’t be destroyed, and a soul that is simply beautiful. As both mother and daughter, she is the perfect start to the series.
I wrote in my prayer Pour that I want readers ‘to cry, to laugh, even to rage’. Pretty sure I’ve accomplished that with this one.
So…tag, you’re it! What is the point you’re trying to make with your story?