Author Rebecca Graf discusses the theme of good versus evil in novels (like her latest, Deep Connections) and how to keep it fresh.
Good versus evil is a theme that has always been around and always will be. It is that way because it is easy to use and a fact of life. But there can be too many of the same stories following that theme when they don’t do anything to be unique. When you write a story and any part of it is a good versus evil boxing match, you have to find a unique way to present for the reader to do more than nod in agreement and go on.
Give it a Little Grey: Black and white scenarios are really old. For one thing, very little in life is so easy to understand and experience. Readers want the grey because they experience it every day. The good guy has to have flaws. He can make mistakes. The bad guy can have good attributes while not being a good person. He can do good things. Creating conflicting feelings in the reader to keep them engrossed in the book is a good idea to keep the good versus evil fresh.
Sympathy: Along with them of keeping it grey, put in scenes where the reader might experience some sympathy for the evil one. When you do that, the evil is not quite so evil anymore. There is more depth to it and potential for the story.
The Key to Interesting: If you really want to make good versus evil interesting, you have to be different. You have to pull the reader in. They have to be in the middle of this age old conflict. They have to feel the struggle. What can you do?
- Add a third party
- Create obstacles
- Confuse the reader as to what roles each character fills
- Don’t follow other authors or stories. Create your own unique twist
About Deep Connections
Just as love appears, so does the darkness. With her heart reaching out for one man, Brenna finds herself the target of an unknown stalker. Who is he? What does he want? How far will he go for her? Death is an option. Brenna discovers more than she bargained for and learns that the stalker will kill for her. It all comes down to decisions, and no matter what she chooses it will demand sacrifice and someone’s blood.
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery
About the Author
Rebecca Graf lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband and three children. She worked as an accountant for 20 years before taking the plunge and write online for various sites and companies. Now she runs a publishing company, Silver Tongue Press, and writes full time while trying to keep up with all the activities of her children.
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