Theresa Meyers, author of the new Entangled Publishing series The Shadow Sisters, dropped by the virtual offices to discuss the emotional hook that gets us caught up in something outside of ourselves. This is one of the reasons why I read. I want to get so emotionally engrossed in a plot that I am invested in the characters and their emotional well-being. I want to be caught up in their passions and their fears, and a good story will suck you right inside it.
Read Theresa’s thoughts on the emotional pull of plotlines, and then enter for a chance to win her new novella Shadowlander!
Really It’s the Emotion by Theresa Meyters
There’s a reason stories touch us, make us think, make us remember. It’s the emotion. Sure we like the setting and the characters, but if they’re flat or don’t have emotion, it’s just a bunch of people running around. That’s part of the reason I like comic book and television series. They get you hooked with emotion pulling you through from one page to the next, one episode to the next so that you don’t want it to end.
I’m horrible about getting hooked into a series. Once I start, I want to read or watch the entire thing to catch up. Unfortunately, like most of the world, I don’t have the spare week or more of time to just sit around doing so. Take my recent online reading obsessions: the manga comic Red String (http://www.redstring.strawberrycomics.com/) and the steampunk comic Girl Genius (http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php) I love them both, even though they are totally different. Why? Because they are both love stories. Not just your traditional boy meets girl, but a nice mix of boy meets girl, and there are many, many complications, third love interests, friends, sorrows, twists and turns.
I’m the same way with the television series Supernatural. Besides drooling over Dean, I totally get hooked into the emotional push and pull happening between the four main characters. Not just big brother, little brother dynamics, but what happens when you feel betrayed by a best friend? How do you handle your daddy issues? What really makes you feel happy? Even if I’m reading an action adventure novel by James Rollins, what keeps me hooked into the book through all the death defying twists and turns? The relationship between the characters. The emotion.
We as human beings crave connections. We need other people. We’ll do a lot of things, try to be a lot of things just to find love, acceptance, trust, respect and hope.
Sure I love creating these very intense, realistic worlds for my paranormal stories, but in the end what I really want to excel at is the emotional pull, the tension between the characters that can make a reader squirm in her seat, cry or laugh out loud. Why? Because it’s the same thing that gets me going as a reader (and I read a lot!).
Think about it. I’m sure there’s at least one song you’ll hear on the radio or your iPod and the emotions come flooding back in a heartbeat. Whether it was the song from when you had your first break up, or your first summer with your friends, or something you always heard mom singing in the kitchen. You remember those moments. They get lodged in your soul.
One of my favorite quotes is this: “Life is not about the moments that we breathe, but the moments that steal our breath away.”
I’m always searching for ways to put more of those kinds of moments into the story and into my own life. What about you? What emotion or moment stole your breath away?
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OK, now it’s contest time! Want to win a digital copy of Shadowlander? Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Four sisters, three rules to live by, one big problem.
O’Connell Family Rule #1: Don’t let the Fae know you see them.
O’Connell Family Rule #2: Don’t talk to the Fae.
O’Connell Family Rule #3: Never, ever follow them.
Most people only believe what they can see. Gifted with the ability to see the deep, dark fae of Shadowland, Catherine Rowan Mary O’Connell would prefer not to. When the fae abduct her friend Maya, Cate breaks the sacred O’Connell Family Rules and sets a trap for the handsome fae who haunts her every step.
Rook, High Court Advisor to the Shadow King, has been following Cate since she was sixteen. When Cate reveals herself as one of the fabled “Seers”, Rook is stunned—she is one of the few that can permanently open the gates between their worlds. If he turns her over to the Shadow King, his court will rule the human realm.
Cate knows she has precious little time to find Maya. By midnight, the glamour of Mid-Summer’s Eve will fade, leaving her trapped forever in the Shadowland, but Maya’s abductor won’t give up the woman he’s mesmerized easily.
I just read it, and I can hardly wait for the second book in the series!
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