Welcome to my stop on the Shadow Eyes blog tour. Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule!
Today, I’m so excited that author Dusty Crabtree is joining us!
She is going to talk about what inspired her to create Iris, the main character in her book Shadow Eyes.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading what Dusty has to share.
Inspiration Behind Iris
(part of the Shadow Eyes Blog Tour and Kindle Fire Giveaway)
by Dusty Crabtree
Thank you for hosting me, Henrietta! I can’t believe the tour is almost to an end! And guess what? You’re the last guest post! (The next 2 days are reviews.) So as I’m writing this, I’m ecstatic because this means I can soon go back to writing the sequel to Shadow Eyes, but I’m also wistful because it’s been a fun ride that I’ll miss.
(Everyone, don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a print copy of Shadow Eyes, your full name in the sequel, and a KINDLE FIRE!)
To understand the inspiration behind Iris, you have to know where I was coming from with the whole plot of creepy shadows and awesome light figures. The idea was originally for a screenplay of something like a Christian horror movie about demons and angels that the audience could see but the characters couldn’t. However, when I decided to actually write it as a young adult book, I needed a main character to focus the plot around.At first, I considered writing about my friend who first gave me the idea to write a book about angels. She’s had a rough past with enough trauma and twists and turns to make for a gripping best-seller (hmm … maybe I’ll have to write her story later). It still was going to be an outside narrator that allowed the reader to see the shadows surrounding her life as she was blind to them. But eventually I decided a first-person narrator, 17-year-old Iris, whose eyes were actually open to the supernatural beings, would be way more awesome! I could do so much with that, and how cool would it be for the reader to see all that through her eyes?
To make up her character I drew from several things, much of which came from my own life. Her perfectionism and organizational habits are sadly mine, her love of penguins comes from me, and her sarcasm can be attributed to my own mouth. Her anxiety, introverted behavior, and abilities, however, have nothing to do with me and just came from my imagination and experience with others.
The people that help make up who she is also have similarities to people in my life growing up. Her parents divorced when she was ten like mine did. She has two older sisters like I do (except I also have an older brother and step-brother). Her oldest sister is married and pregnant like mine was when I was in high school. Also, the horrible things that happen to her oldest sister and mother are very much like events that my sister and mother had to endure. Even her earth science teacher, Mr. Keller, is based on my earth science teacher who also took us spelunking. What happened in the cave with the boy, though, sadly did not happen to me. Do I have you interested yet? Go check it out!
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