Welcome to my stop on The Cellar blog tour hosted by Sourcebooks Fire!
Today I have a guest post by author Natasha Preston about writing from the perspective of a captive like our main character Summer.
I just finished reading the book last night, and loved it!
Title: The Cellar
Author: Natasha Preston
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 1, 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out….
***Author Guest Post***
I just wanted to say thank you for taking part in the blog tour for The Cellar and allowing me to guest post. It’s my first one so I’m really excited.
What was it like to write from the perspective of a captive like Summer?
Writing from Summer’s perspective was pretty draining at times. Actually it was draining 99% of the time. I had to put myself in her position and fell her fear and determination to survive. With every event I replaced Summer with myself and thought about what I’d do. Would I just go for it and try to bash him over the head or would I play along until something came along that I felt had a higher chance at success. I’d chose the latter so Summer did too.
I’ve been asked a few times why Summer wasn’t strong and I’ll always maintain that she is. I don’t measure strength just by the ability to knock out your opponent. I measure it by what you can go through and still get up every day and carry on. A person’s instinct to survive is incredibly strong. A person can get through unthinkable things but they can’t get through death.
Summer was draining and made me realise just what I would go through to hold on to the hope of seeing the people I love again. I felt like curling up in a dark room after writing her but I did enjoy the challenge.
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