Why I Write in Alternating Points of View
Most of my books, save DEGREES OF WRONG, are written in alternating points of view. This, in itself, doesn’t seem to bother readers. What DOES bother readers, is that I’ve been writing the heroine in first person point of view, and the hero in third person. I’ve read several reviews where I’ve actually lost a star for writing it this way and I feel an explanation is owed because my readers are so important to me. There is a reason for this madness, but if these reasons are working for you, I want to know.
I want you to BE the heroine. I want you to feel what she feels, and think what she thinks, so I write her in first person. Plus, while I write, I AM the heroine. She is me and I am her. Not that I couldn’t write her in third person, I just feel more of a connection to her in first person.
I want to feel a little distance from our hero, so I write him in third person. He’s usually our love interest, and writing him in first person just might make me blush, I kid you not. I don’t necessarily presume to know what a guy truly thinks either, so I want to keep a bit of distance so it doesn’t feel like I’m a guy. So…
I feel that writing one in first person and writing the other in third gives them just a little more distinction in their voices. I never want you to confuse whose chapter you’re reading, and I feel writing them in different points of view helps that.
All that said, I’m writing NEMESIS, my Egyptian-based YA fantasy, the same way. The thing is, it’s not too late to change it. If you favor the same point of view for each character, tell me! I don’t care if you leave an anonymous comment. This is a sincere outreach to fans–does it bother you or not? I want you to enjoy my books as much as possible, and if this point of view issue is something that pulls you out of the story, let me know here in the comments. If you like, let me know that too!
Thanks for your input! It means so much, and I promise my goal is to please! 🙂