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Love as part of a character’s journey (NaNoWriMo – Day 14)

30 Days NaNoWriMo Meme – Day 14 – Is the sexuality of your characters a large part of your novel’s story?  If so, are there characters who deviate from the heterosexual “norm”?  In what way?

tumblr_lr1zinODVz1qhrgkxo1_500No, sexuality isn’t a big part of my novel, though it has a part, especially in my antagonist’s arc. I’ve never been a reader of stories especially devoted to love relationships, this is why I think I’m not very likely to ever write one. But of course, love is part of my story because it’s part of life.

I like to make love a part of my characters’ journey, but never the main part. I like to have love an important factor in a wider journey, and this is particularly true for Michael in this story.

He is romantically involved with Sinéad and theirs is certainly a good match. But Michael is still profoundly bound to his wife’s memory  and to the life he wanted to build with her. A traditional Lakota life, which is the only one that makes true sense to him. But Wicatakalawi is dead, just like any possibility at a life like Michael would want. So his hesitation in involving himself with Sinéad (who’s an European Irish) is part of his hesitation in involving himself in a different kind of life. It is, as I said, part of his wider journey as a human being.


In the photo: Rick Mora

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