Who We Are and Who We Become
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Two Seasons relives the two years that shaped the narrators life and explores questions of identity and belonging in a quickly changing world. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
One thing we all share is the need to belong, a need which is especially acute in childhood. I have uncomfortable memories of trying to fit in, believing I could make that happen through sports accomplishments. The story grew out of the sense of disappointment when my best efforts failed to produce the desired results.
Boone is an intriguing character. What were some driving ideals behind his character’s development?
Boone is not simply a sports-obsessed child, he is an observer. He notices when things aren’t going right but he has no outlet. He is a reader, and as an only child, books are his companions. They open his eyes to a bigger world than the small town where he lives. He is also curious and resourceful. When adults won’t provide answers to his questions, he keeps prodding for and assembling the scraps he receives into a coherent version of “the truth”. This question emerged: would Boone become insightful enough to take the steps that would help him cope with his life-situation?
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
The most important theme was identity. How do we develop our sense of who we are and where we fit in the world? Does our sense of identity shape our choices or do our choices shape our sense of identity? By observing the life of a young boy struggling with a confusing family dynamic, I hoped to consider how family, friends, mentors (in person or in print), along with our own mental processes, help shape who we are and who we become.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I’m working on another novel this time focused on a young adult. I want to examine the idea of character change. My protagonist will be a fault-filled person beginning to recognize his failures and working hit-and-miss on becoming a better person. He will need a great deal of help along the way! It’s still early but I hope to have the first draft finished by summer 2022.
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Posted on October 24, 2021, in Interviews and tagged author, author interview, baseball, book, book recommendations, book review, book reviews, book shelf, bookblogger, books, books to read, coming of age, ebook, ficiton, goodreads, kindle, kobo, literature, nook, novel, PAUL BURGOYNE, read, reader, reading, sports, story, TWO SEASONS, writer, writing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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