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Our friend Louise Gornall’s book In Stone is available TODAY from Entranced Publishing. Julie and I asked her if she would take the time to introduce us to one of her characters. So, everybody, Beau. Beau, everybody.
I wrote a story about a girl & a gargoyle. My gargoyle, Jack, he’s cool because…well, he’s a gargoyle. A British gargoyle, with a James-Bond-on-speed type lust for danger and protecting the human race. He’s also grabbed a lot of air time of late, and when Kristen and Jules asked me what topic I wanted to blog about I thought, you know what, I want to tell you guys about Beau, my ass-kicking female MC.
Beau walks a fine line between gothic and not. She lives in Doc Martens and wears way too much eyeliner. She collects CDs and comic book crap. Her mom is a mortician and Beau accidentally stumbled across her first cadaver at the tender age of eight. Suffice it to say the kids at school think she’s weird…
The kids at school ain’t seen nothing yet!
Beau is nursing a broken heart when she’s inadvertently drafted into a crazy battle for supremacy between two immortal races. In less than a week her world is turned upside down as she finds herself traipsing across creepy regions of Europe, with a gargoyle, hell bent on saving the world from a demon invasion.
Someone once asked me if Beau and I were similar in any way. I like to think we are. She approaches life with a super dry sense of humour, and when Jack isn’t drafting her into ridiculous plans, she’s petty chilled out. But never a pushover. We definitely have those things in common. She loves art and she gets her taste in music from me. But she’s much braver than I am.
Before I wrote Beau I read a lot of blog posts on what kind of female MCs teens liked to see in YA. I know there’s that unwritten rule about writing for yourself first and foremost, but I’m twenty-seven, my teen years are nought but a hazy memory, so if I wanted to get her voice just right I knew I’d need a teens perspective. Don’t get me wrong, anyone that knows me will tell you I’m far from grownup. Just yesterday I covered six digestives in Nutella and called that dinner. Still, that floating, invincible feeling you have at sixteen died in me when I hit twenty-five, and the issues that always seemed so mammoth were suddenly buried under the weight of things like money and marriage.
In the first draft of In Stone Beau spoke beautifully. Her idiom was very hyperbole and poetic. Like, she used to look at flowers, fall in love and then faint — it wasn’t exactly like that, but it was something pretty close. On the second read through I swear to God I wanted punch her in the face. She drove me nuts with all her Romantic, inner-monologuing. You know the film Juno? Well, I watched that during drafting and instantly fell in love with her. She became my inspiration for Beau’s voice. Not that I’m saying there’s anything wrong with lyrical dialogue. I’m not a huge fan of poetry, but I do love me some gorgeous script. It just didn’t suit her and the more I read, the harder it became to picture her dressed in army boots, kicking the crap out of a demon while waxing lyrical about blood and guts, you know?
When I was researching teen voice I found it pretty awesome that most young adults had an aversion to censorship. I was actually a little relived. I mean, I swore at seventeen. I wasn’t some gutter-mouthed kid that couldn’t blink without dropping an F-bomb, but I did do it, and the more horror I threw at Beau the more unlikely it became that she would sound off with ‘shoot’ instead of ‘shit’. It felt very natural to have her swear when the occasion called for it. She’s far from having a sailor’s mouth, but she doesn’t censor herself.
…And that’s pretty much who Beau is. I hope you guys have enjoyed meeting her as much as I enjoyed writing her. Massive thanks to Julie and Kristen for letting me visit and talk about my book. I heart you guys massive!
Add to Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17663217-in-stone
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-1_shhtTZI
Louise is a graduate of Garstang Community Academy. She is currently studying for a BA (Hons) in English language and literature with special emphasis on creative writing. YA aficionado. Brit bird. Film nerd. Identical twin. Junk food enthusiast. Rumored pink Power Ranger. Zombie apocalypse 2012 survivor. She is also an avid collector of book boyfriends.
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