Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop on the Blog Tour for His American Classic By G. J. Morgan and I would like to share a guest post written by the author, with all of you. Thank you very much to Kelly from Love Books Group Tours for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Release date: 09 05 2018
Price*: Kindle £2.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £8.81 (GBP)
Kindle $3.98 (USD)/ Paperback $13.73 (USD)
Pages: ~ 288
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Description of the book: Told from dual perspectives that span two books, this moving and emotionally-driven love story will leave readers breathless and reeling in equal measure.
It begins. Lilly Goodridge always wanted to be an actress, but fame is an unwanted side effect she’s desperate to escape – along with the City of Angels and her enigmatic boyfriend. So she takes a tiny film role across the pond in a quiet seaside town where nobody can find her. Except for Tom. Down on his luck, Tom might not be the greatest tour guide of Hollywood Hills, but he loves living in America, even if America doesn’t quite love him back. With no choice, he takes on a job he never wanted: in search of an actress he doesn’t know, but knows he has to catch.
Guest Post: Writing Dual Perspective
First question I asked myself. Why am I writing Dual Perspective?
Would we need to hear Hansel and Gretel tell their individual stories? Probably not, they are on the same journey, similar age and similar fears and therefore would be a similar narrative.
But would Jack and the Beanstalk been a different read if told from the giant’s perspective? What did the giant do wrong? Who grew the bean? Who invaded whose home? Who was the villain in the story? Jack or the giant?
Does my reader need to see a different point of view?
In my novel I chose dual perspective purely as I was telling the story of an actress in front of the camera and the Paparazzi behind it. Both sides of the story needed to be told.
I suppose anyone choosing to write dual perspective needs to ask themselves the “why” question. And hopefully the answer should be very simple.
I needed to do research.
I got my hands on as many books that have used the same approach, there were lots of them (Gone girl/Time Travellers wife/My Sisters Keeper).
Watched movies and TV shows that do the same (The Affair/Pulp Fiction/Love actually)
Looked at how they started a scene, how they gave each character a unique voice, how they jumped between the narrative, the length of a chapters, how they built tension, how they moved from calm to chaos.
I needed to look before I leapt. Made sure I knew what I was letting myself in for.
Love and Hate
Now it was the hard bit. I’d given myself a harder task. Two voices. Two journeys. Essentially two books to write (literally in my case)
I’d also given myself the dilemma of who the reader needed to root for, which if done well would change throughout the novels. The role of hero and villain needed be hard to identify, even when it should have been blatantly obvious. The reader might find themselves siding with a murderer or sympathising with a bully rather than the victim.
Or in my case choosing a favourite between the stalked and the stalker.
Truth and blame and opinion needed to be objective. My job was to make the reader question themselves and the characters on the page.
Same fight/different day
If your two characters have a blazing fight the reader doesn’t necessarily need to hear “I hate you” twice.
Where possible I tried avoiding re-writing the same scene and dialogue unless it added real value.
So instead of writing the blazing fight over and over, I looked at other ways to show both sides of the argument. Thought of inventive ways that meant the reader might change their minds on whose side they were on. Things like re-visiting before the argument, a flash back, maybe even after once raised voices had settled. By doing so I hoped it might change the readers view without duplication and most importantly stop them skipping pages.
Smiles or frowns
Happy or sad? Neither?
Because I had two main characters, one’s happiness might mean the opposite for the other.
I had lots of options and many would have been predictable which the reader may have found frustrating and most likely a cop out.
I knew I had to be prepared that no matter how much I loved both characters, that one may not get the ending they or even myself wanted or expected.
About the author: G. J. Morgan has been a Chef, a fashion graduate and now works in finance. His unpublished novella “Miss B Tee” has recently been adapted into a short film. His and Her American Classic are his debut novels.
Twitter – @GJMorgan6
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