Well it’s almost the end of the week folks and today I have a spotlight on a book I’m anxious to read and that is Moonrise by Cassandra King which just released on September 3 and available from Maiden Lane Press. Moonrise is described as being a novel of dark secrets and second chances. Needless to say I was hooked after dark secrets! Today I’ve got a Q&A (prepared) with Cassandra King where she answers a few questions about the research process and writing from multiple viewpoints…
Q. Did you find that you had to do more research on this novel than in past works?
A. I believe more research often goes into a good novel than into nonfiction. In nonfiction, usually you’re laying out the facts, reporting, presenting your research as it is. In fiction, your characters actually “use” whatever it is you’ve researched. For example, the butterflies–or more succinctly, the moon garden: If I were writing an article about a nocturnal garden, I’d describe it, present certain facts about it, et cetera. In this book, my characters work in it, walk in it, smell it, feel it–it has to be more real than whatever facts my research uncovered. Even so, I love the research that goes into a novel, and how you then figure out ways to work it into the story. It’s one of the fun things about writing fiction.
Q: Because you use multiple narrators, you’re able to explore the arrival of the wealthier summer crowd from Atlanta and elsewhere from the point of view of Willa, a local mountain woman and housekeeper. Which of the multiple voices you used in telling the story was easiest to write? Which voice was most demanding?
A: The use of multiple narrators seemed almost a necessity in this book. The plot centers on Helen’s struggles with acceptance, rejection and self-actualization, so her point of view is essential, but I felt the best way to broaden the conflict between Helen and the group she’s struggling to be accepted into was to allow the reader into their mind-sets as well. And then we have Willa, who offers her unique perspective on both groups. Willa was actually the easiest because she has a brogue–a folksy, simple way of speaking, heavy on idioms, that sets her apart from the other narrators.
MOONRISE is a novel of dark secrets and second chances, New York Times’ bestselling author Cassandra King’s homage to the gothic classic Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with a man who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his friends, who resent her intrusion into their close circle. When the newlyweds join them for a summer at Moonrise, his late wife’s family home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to drive her away, in King’s literary homage to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
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