As part of 'The First' Blog Tour ~ Sara Zaske has very kindly agreed to do a Guest Post too.
Welcome to Sara!
The Off-Center Heroine
I know it must be awfully hard to be the chosen one: what to do with all that power? And then the jealousy! Everyone wants to either be you or beat you. Those bad guys just always zoom right in on the chosen one, don't they?
Every reader of YA fantasy fiction knows this dilemma very well. Dare I say—the chosen one story is a little tired. That's one of the reasons I chose to make Cassie, the main character of The First, a normal girl. But just because she has no magical power doesn't mean she's boring. In fact, like many characters usually relegated to the wise-cracking sidekick role, Cassie is more interesting than Violet, the chosen-one type in this story.
For one thing, Cassie has got a heck of a lot more to say. As an outcast member of the magical First People,Violet is a stranger in a strange land. She can't relate to humans very well (or other First People for that matter), so she doesn't talk much.
Cassie, on the other hand, can't shut up. She has an opinion about everything, which makes her the perfect narrator if sometimes an unreliable one. It's also one of her biggest problems. She tells so many stories and out right lies that when she does tell the truth—like her Trojan namesake Cassandra—no one believes her.
Putting the sidekick in the center of The First also allowed me focus more on the friendship between Cassie and Violet. So many fantasy books have guy "buddy" stories (think Frodo and Sam or Harry Potter and Ron Weasley). I thought it would be interesting and fun to write a girls "buddy" story. After all, we have good friends too.
And just because a character has some super duper magical ability doesn't mean she has all the answers. In The First, Violet sure doesn't. She needs a lot of help from the non-powerful. In fact, if it weren't for Cassie, things might just go terribly, awfully wrong....
To find out how she does it, enter to win a copy of The First. Also available for a very reasonable price on Amazon and Smashwords
Sara Zaske has lived a variety of places including eight years in Oakland, California where The First is set. A former journalist, she currently works as a freelance editor and writer in Berlin, Germany. She also hosts the book blog: YA Fantastic Book Review. Occasionally, she still dreams of California.
Sara Zaske is a professional writer and editor with ArcherTC in Berlin. Her debut novel, The First, is available as an ebook on Amazon and Smashwords.
Short book description:
A young adult urban fantasy/eco-thriller. The First, follows 15-year-old Cassie Craig as she discovers that her new friend Violet is more than just a little weird. She’s part of a group of people who were here on earth long before us. Powerful people. And they aren’t exactly happy with the way humans have been treating their planet...
More links to connect with Sara Zaske:
The First's web page: http://sarazaske.wordpress.com/thefirst/
Sara on Twitter: @sarazaske https://twitter.com/sarazaske
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I hope that you've enjoyed this special insight as much as I have.
Thank you Sara!
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