Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Guest Post: Kinley Baker

Today we have Kinley Baker here with us from Bewitching Book Tours to talk about about her book Ruined!  

Testing Perceptions

I’m a huge fan of the paranormal. I love the idea of ghosts, vampires, and werewolves. This fascination led me down the path to writing fantasy. I think this is a good lead into the post because the paranormal tests the limits of our imaginations.

Ruined is a fantasy romance novel, but the story is also about challenging perceptions. Jessa and Vale, the heroine and hero, are forced to fight for their places in the world. They find that they can’t allow others to establish their roles. They must take charge of their own destinies and forge ahead.

There are numerous rumors and scandals permeating this kingdom, but at the heart the story tests the limits of their society.

The ways the people in the village view Jessa are very different from who she is. Part of her struggle is figuring out why the way she’s viewed is important. As the Senior Healer, she is supposed to be something distinct. But she’s constantly challenging the personality that people believe she should have. She’s not a normal Healer beyond her need to save.

Similarly, Vale is faced with living up to being the king. Once he’s thrust into power, he only has memories of his brother ruling and his corrupt Court to guide him. He’s a very different person than his brother, so the way his brother ruled isn’t very applicable. He struggles against who he should be and who he is.

The characters struggle internally. But they also struggle against society as a whole. Then it becomes almost as important for the village to understand why these characters are the way they are.

Many characters throughout Ruined face similar challenges. I think we can all relate to this. How does the world view us? And who are we really?

Sometimes, we make judgments that turn out to be wrong. Characters in Ruined do the same. But part of the fun of a story is discovering the truth. And watching those who made life difficult for a favorite character find out they were wrong.

In a realm that is at risk, with all their beliefs and traditions being challenged, I think that’s the time that really shows the depth of a character. Then we really get to see what they’re made of. I hope Jessa and Vale prove to you that they’re made of strength.

Thank you so much for stopping by Kinley! Your book sounds great and is definitely on my to read list. In fact, Crissy is in the middle of reading this right now so stand by for a review next week! 

1 comment:

Kinley Baker said...

Thank you for allowing me to visit your blog today! I hope you enjoy the story :-)