With each book I write I aim to improve the quality of my work. One of the biggest challenges is to make sure that each character has a unique point of view and that his/her voice is clearly their own, that their voice is instantly recognizable to the reader.

In “Back From Chaos” I chose a multiple third person style, challenging enough at the time, but much easier than the single first person I used for “Through Kestrel’s Eyes”.

Now that I am in the midst of writing “The Dreamt Child” to complete the “Earth’s Pendulum” trilogy I have given myself an even greater challenge. Another character has emerged to stand beside Liannis on an equal footing. Liannis’ voice will, obviously, change little. But now she has a partner, another who has an equally important role in the book. He also has an established personality that must be maintained when I allow him to speak for himself.

In order for the book to be effective I must let him reveal himself in such a way that the reader is not confused as to who is speaking, (or thinking, or acting) at any given time( without constant reminders). His unique personality must shine through on its own without ambiguity. Now that is a challenge. I hope I am up to it. I could continue to use the same first person singular as in the second book, but if I can pull this off I know it will make the result much more powerful.

Have any others managed this? Let me know. The rest of you, wish me luck. Knowing you are waiting keeps me going.

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