Today I welcome Garrett Addison, author of The Traveller, as host to the Rave Review Book Club Spotlight Blog Tour. Garrett has received great support in the spotlight so check out the club and see what they can do for you and tell them I sent you. With that note, take it away, Garrett!
A main character to love hate.
As an Indie author I figure there’s almost an expectation that I’ll be brave enough to try something different in my writing. Perhaps I’ve got it wrong, sure, but I’m inclined to think that you’re way more likely to discover something different with the works of Indie authors than those of traditionally published authors. That said, regardless of whether the writing is ‘different’, it still needs to ‘work’.
Expectations aside, I really wanted to try something when I wrote ‘The Traveller’. It occurred to me that the exploits of my nice guy family man taking a walk on the wide side wouldn’t endear him to many readers. The obvious thing for me as the author would have been to soften his actions a little or add something else to make him more likeable. It’s probably amongst the many must-do’s of ‘Writing 101’: your readers need to ‘love’ your characters. Purists will argue that ‘love’ is a bit of a stretch, and it’s probably closer to ‘care’ or ‘empathise’ but anyway.
I thought about it, a lot. Why can’t I have a really unlikeable hero? What if my ‘good guy’ was a complete bastard? Could I make readers want to turn the page? That was a challenge too delicious to ignore, so I got brave. I wrote my main character to be an angry, arrogant, philandering, vengeful, self-absorbed guy, devoid of anything likeable. He’s not really an anti-hero … he’s just a bastard. Then I got even braver and told my story in the first person. Readers: welcome to the world of a bastard.
Have you ever driven past a vehicle accident and you just couldn’t help yourself from looking? That’s how I liken my un-named main character in ‘The Traveller’; he’s a veritable ‘car wreck’. Told in the first person, it feels like a personal account and the reader has little choice but to come along for the ride inside the head of ‘The Traveller’ as he takes his walk on the dark side. Sure I’m biased, but I feel vindicated for my little piece of literary bravery.
I’m a huge fan of Indie fiction because I like to read different kinds of books. I don’t want to read the same stories, clichéd characters and copycat plots, and I think Indie authors are just brave enough to try something which might set their writing apart and get the world start to talk about their book. Of course, those ‘big swings’ don’t always work … but then, Indies have nothing to lose!
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Amazon Book Links:
The Traveller – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AW4EP8W/
Minions – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AW4EP8W/
Thank you, Garrett, for sharing your book on Archer’s Aim and to Rave Reviews Book Club for the opportunity to host the Spotlight Blog Tour today. I will be hosting more in the near future so stop by anytime for updates and posts.