Within the next little while, some changes are coming to my site and my novels.
I have decided to re-publish my book Snowed In under the pen name: Olivia Oakley. The next book in the series will be released soon as well. I am doing this to make it easier to separate the genres I wish to write in. I hope everyone understands.
My new project is well underway and I hope to have it to you by the end of summer. In this book we travel from England to Denmark in/about 936. The world was a very different place back then. For example, the castles we know about today were not yet built - even the Tower of London was merely a distant dream.
As always, this is the story of a woman ahead of her time. Despite her conventional upbringing she would have a spectacular life but would be doomed to becoming a footnote in history. Though fictional I wish to reconstruct not only the world of the 10th century but also her life.
Personally, I have always found redemption arcs compelling but never gave them much thought. In a recent discussion with a friend an interesting point was brought up; what is redeemable?
In recent shows, largely geared to the YA crowd I've seen a lot of redemption arcs where the character in question is not only redeemed but rewarded in the end. The crimes they had committed seemed to have been forgotten. Crimes which include murder, acts of violence/abuse, and many more. Should someone who had murdered several people including family members of the main protagonist, gain their redemption? Often times they basically get to walk away having won the protagonist's heart over. Their hands wiped clean of all their bad deeds with an apology. It doesn't seem right. Nor, does it seem realistic even in a fantasy world.
I simply can't get it out of my head that terrible acts such as, brutal murders are simply brushed under the rug. It is interesting to see a bad guy turn good but depending on what they did or the circumstances surrounding their actions I don't agree that they should get that fairy tale happy ending. Of course, that's just my personal opinion.
In the end, media featuring these redemption arcs from TV shows to movies to books are works of fiction written for enjoyment. But I'd love to hear what you think...
What is redeemable?
More recently, you can now find me on Instagram at the link below...
I will be posting updates and my many writing adventures there.