A journey into the mind-oven of a mad novelist.
Forgive my long absence from blogging dear readers, I do not forsake you, I only turn my eye to other ways of pleasing you. Since finishing the novel The Girl Who Came From The Moon, I have been working hard on a new juvenile fiction project, tentatively titled Rebecca Ravenwood, The Feylight. A contemporary Arthurian legend. I find myself writing a character very different from myself, and it is both fascinating and challenging to write from such a perspective. The titular character is not those things that I am, a straight white male of the age of majority. She is a gay British-Indian teenager. She is a perfect opposite, and yet, in her, I see parts of my soul that are very real and true.
I wonder sometimes if I may not have the right to write such a character. If I should leave to those who have experienced the relevant cultural issues firsthand to portray them in fiction. But I believe that it is in pop culture representation and normalisation that such people may become accepted and understood by society, and I want to contribute to that goal. I am compassionate for those who suffer from discrimination, even if it is not something that I normally experience myself. I have several friends, some very close, who are members of the LGBT community, and I myself am alternatively spiritual, and have personally experienced discrimination from that end of the spectrum. Perhaps it is enough to draw from. I aim to be just and open. I aim to encourage acceptance and love.
Rebecca Ravenwood is, in the end, a fun story meant for younger audiences. The theme will not be mature, nor will it be filled with angst or great ennui (There has to be a little of that for dramatic purposes though). This is mostly a book about the lost isle of Avalon and pixies. I do write other LGBT characters as well, several as a matter of a fact in my upcoming project Dragonsbane, and notably Captain Brennan in The Anahita Chronicles, though he is not a primary character and has no romance arc. There is another project on my burners, Raising The Handmaiden, which will be much more adult oriented, and I think it is leaning in that direction. Though only a couple chapters are written, I'm calling it a mature horror-romance. A dash of sci-fi, a cup of historical fiction, add 3 tablespoons of horror, two cups of romance, one egg, a teaspoon of cinnamon, and half a cup of almond milk, then mix and bake at 450 degrees until done. I'll be sure to let you know when it's out of the oven. Look for a teaser cover in the gallery section of my website at www.blondahl.ca
I'll wrap it up here. Please look for my work on Amazon, or order it through your local bookstore. And drop me a review on Amazon or Goodreads, I'd love to hear what you think. Please feel free to comment below or tweet at me to share your perspective on the topic above, but note that anything aggressive will be reported. I wish I didn't have to say that.