I wasn’t technically asked that question this week, but a recent Goodreads Review of Elora of Stone did broach the subject, so I thought this was a great time to explain why I switched from third person narrative to first.
Confession: I had to defend this decision to my publisher because switching from third person to first is not something that’s done. I also had to hash it out with my editor, because, again, I was breaking a rule.
So, Elora of Stone is primarily written in third person narrative, present tense. The only time it switches to first person, is when the twins are separated.
I used this as sort of a creative device to allow me to show how Ariana and Asher were feeling when they were on their own.
Interestingly enough, not a single child has mentioned any problem with this unconventional style, so I continue to stand by my decision 🙂
Did you have a problem with this break in the norm while reading Elora of Stone?
I think I might be the reviewer who said that, but with your explication it actually makes sense. I kind of forgot that kids don’t care about these things, so I will update my review!
Hi Myrthe! I can’t believe you actually took the time to read this post and to comment on it. I appreciate that more than you can know. I’m happy that my explanation made sense, but I would never ask someone to change a review. Every single one I receive helps to make me a better writer. Thank you for reading my books and my blog! I’m trying hard to churn out an amazing Book 4 🙂