I didn’t have a good idea for today’s post so I hunted down some tags and look what I found:
Narnia = the best.
Writing = the best.
Together = YAAAAAS.
Let’s get into the tag, shall we? (I’ll be answering the questions based on my current WIP, The Darkness is Past. It’s a dystopian retelling of the Apostle Paul’s life.) (And I made a few tweaks to the original tag – feel free to use whatever version you want.)
Narnia: Where is your story set?
22nd century North America. It’s a dystopian world based on some current politics (though not totally, because that would just date my book). I do like to think that the world of The Darkness is Past is different from a lot of dystopian worlds in books I’ve read. Time will tell…
The Magician’s Nephew: How did you come up with the idea for your story?
This is slightly embarrassing, not gonna lie. But I was thinking of writing a Christian dystopian parody (because some of the Christian dystopias I’ve read have been rather cliched). And I thought “What kind of useless ability could I give the protagonist to make him or her the Special One?” The ability I came up with got me thinking and while I’m not sure when Paul came in, he did and that was that.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: How do your characters meet?
Um? In a bunch of different ways at a bunch of different times? I honestly don’t know how to answer this.
The Horse and His Boy: Are there animals in your story?
Prince Caspian: Which of your characters turned out different than you’d expected?
There’s this one character who’s a mashup of Barnabas, Peter, and Annanias (that last one is the guy who laid hands on Saul/Paul to give him back his sight) and at first I thought he’d be this nice, kind, gentle pastor who is Very Wise and Laid Back. Ha. Come to find out, he’s a warrior with a tortured past who lays down the law and won’t take ‘no’ for an answer (though he is still wise and nice and kind and gentle…in the proper time).
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: What is one of your character’s personal quests?
Sol, my main character, wants to save as many lives as possible to make amends for all the ones he took before he was saved. He feels tremendous guilt over his past actions, but the problem is that he tries to solve that guilt apart from God. So it doesn’t work.
The Silver Chair: Who is the villain?
There actually isn’t anyone who I’d classify as an honest-to-goodness villain. There are antagonists but no straight up villains. The character who’s closest to being a villain (Ryan) still has redeeming qualities. He makes some very wrong choices throughout the story but there’s still good in him. So there’s no truly villainous villain in The Darkness is Past, but still plenty of conflict.
The Last Battle: Does your story end the way you expected it to?
Yes. And if you’re at all familiar with Paul’s life, you probably can guess how my story ends. (Though I hope I have a few surprises for you!) I delayed writing the final few scenes for days and days and when I did…my pulse raced, my hands actually shook, and I was a mess. It was both thrilling and horrible to feel such intense emotion for characters I created.
I’d love to see your answers to this tag on your blog or in the comments!