Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Vanessa Kelly Guest Blogs: Different But The Same
I’d say both. If a writer can deliver on familiar genre conventions but do it in a fresh and exciting way, then she’s really grabbed the brass ring.
One way to do this is by developing a fresh take on character types. Anna Campbell is a master of this, especially in depictions of that classic archetype—the tortured hero. In her books, Anna often tortures her hero—sometimes quite literally. In Captive of Sin, for example, the hero is a soldier who was ruthlessly tortured and now suffers from PTSD. It’s a very different take on what we’re used to seeing in a hero, and it really raises the stakes—both in the world of the story, and for the reader.