Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Meaning?

I've been doing a few interviews lately in preparation for a November release and one of the questions asked of me was if I'd assigned a specific meaning to my novel. Well yes, of course, doesn't everyone?

And then I thought maybe not. But I do. I love having a theme or main idea thread that stiches the whole story together and makes the HEA even more satisfying. Do I know ahead of time what my theme or underlying message is going to be?  No, not always.

Usually, I start writing and about halfway through the book, a common thread starts to take root. I love when that happens because I can go back and layer some more, making the theme stronger, more evident.

For example, in my latest book, On Timeless Wings of Gold, which will release this November, the hero and heroine fall in love fairly early, but they discover love isn't enough. For love to transcend the obstacles of time, they must each sacrifice a piece of themselves.

My very first historical western had a theme that's probably quite popular; home is where the heart is.

I also love giving objects symbolic meaning. For both time travel romances, On the Silver Edge of Time and On Timeless Wings of Gold, the symbolic object or creature is the dragon. For me dragons symbolize a mythic strength and the ability to believe in the impossible. Both heroines have to believe in the impossible in order to accept the love offered.

So let's here from other authors. Do you write with a basic theme in mind?


AstonWest said...

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Sometimes I don't, but people think I do (and I see their commentary on the work that tells me so)'s pretty funny when that happens.

Linda Kage said...

I think I'm like you, the theme and soul of the story doesn't always show itself until later on.

January Bain said...

It varies. My favorite themes are what it would be like to live forever, hence the interest in vampires and the Forever Series and also good versus evil which is my new theme in a Science fiction book I just began plotting this week, working title, Future Past. Good stuff to be thinking about!

Allison Knght said...

I guess I'm kinda simplistic. I write with the same theme. No matter how bad things are the boy gets the girl. Or is that a plot?

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

I'm more inclined to have an issue than a theme, such as parallel time characters being haunted by their ancentors, or corporate greed, adoption fraud, environmental manipulation or covering up a crime of passion.

But seriously, folks, I'm fun at parties