I am so excited to welcome the lovely Carlyle Labuschange to Fiction Fascination today! I myself cannot freakin’ wait to read The Broken Destiny! I will be sharing some information on the book, a wonderful guest post from Carlyle & the link to the giveaway going on over at Goodreads. -Enjoy! 🙂
All my life, I had searched for something, something I thought I ought to be. I felt like I was living someone else’s life, waiting for the awakening of my own. I felt like an empty shell burning for life. That was, until the day I lay dying in the prince’s chambers. I could no longer feel the pain from the tear in my gut. The only sensation left was a hollowed-out feeling that I had made a huge mistake in assuming that taking my own life, would have stopped the ancestors’ spirit from raging out. I had given up. I didn’t want to see myself killing the ones I loved. I was the Chosen one, but I threw it all away for what I thought would save a life. Could you end a life to save a life? I did, and I have regretted it ever since. I realized then that things like me are not
Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African Debut Author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her First Novel “The Broken Destiny. She is not only an author but works as PR and Marketing Manager by day. She holds a diploma in creative writing through the writing school at Collage SA. Loves to swim, fights for the trees, food lover who is driven by passion. Carlyle writes for IU e-magazine an inspirational nonprofit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words.
Where are we taking our characters?
In the creative world of writing we could just about conjure up, conflict and affect worlds and characters we create to do, and do unto others just about anything and everything we want. So where do you draw the line, is there a line? How crazy does it get before it is enough. More so, what does it take as the writer or even the reader to get a kick out of a certain piece or book? When you read submission guidelines of most publishers, small, indie or even traditional, there are fundamental guidance lines, things to look out for that is not accepted in the general community of writing and reading. Then you have to think to yourself that most writers write to tell a story to our fellow readers, share experience, guide and even reach out. We want our readers to relate, to uplift, to get into their minds and make them feel and see things they have never experienced before. So those guidelines have to be weighed by the intention of the writer, you do not write about a rape scene to entertain, but you could write about a rape survivor victim, what he/she went through mentally during and after. This way we reach to those who can relate and we try to heal through a character. Publishers also do not look kindly on suicide, but then again – is it for entertainment or are you writing because you are reaching out, telling a story, relating and trying to heal the wounds. Then we get to the topic of Sex in teen fiction. This is a tricky one because where are you going with it? What is your point? How are you writing about it? There are too many things to consider when we come to this topic, for me I know teens are talking and doing it, there is no hiding from it. So if you are going to write about getting hot and heavy in a young teen book (I am talking 14 – 19) let them know what it really is, what your mental state is, and what could go wrong. Sure , in most countries – but not many , teens are educated on the dangerous. But mentally? Wouldn’t it be better to show them in a story that they are so involved in to experience it in a way they don’t at school or from their parents. I believe that each pubic figure has a gift and it is our responsibility to use our gifts and use it creatively to get our messages out. To a writer a character is a movie star of some sorts; we know the reader will be hanging on every word, every scene, and every emotion. Use it wisely. Think about where you are taking your characters and be careful what you might be leaving out – the after. To me there must always be a happy ever after. Let’s take our characters to a higher platform. Let them become our teachers.