Maria Savva has a new book out! Delusion and Dreams is a collection of short stories with a unique spin. Maria takes two of the story plots and revisits them from different perspectives. I love this approach so much that I might have to tackle a similar project in the future. I asked Maria to tell us what inspired her to do this, and she’s here to answer that question for us. She also has a tour wide giveaway with lots of cool prizes. First, though, in case you have yet to meet Maria, here is the woman behind the words:
Maria Savva lives and works in London. She studied Law at Middlesex University and The College of Law. She is a lawyer, although not currently practising law. She writes novels and short stories in different genres, including drama, psychological thriller, and family saga. Many of her books and stories are inspired by her years working as a lawyer, although she has not written a courtroom drama to date. Her most recent novel is Haunted, a crime fiction/psychological thriller.
Connect with Maria in the following places:
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/Maria_Savva or @Maria_Savva
Here’s Maria to tell us what inspired this collection of stories:
Firstly, thanks to Darcia Helle for allowing me to take over her blog for a day as a stop on my blog tour for “Delusion and Dreams”.
Darcia is one of the people who kindly agreed to be a beta reader for me. She said that she liked the way some of the stories were told from different POVs i.e. we get to see the story from the view of more than one of the characters. She suggested that I might want to write something about what inspired me to do that. So my guest post today will be all about why some of the stories in “Delusion and Dreams” are told from different characters’ viewpoints.
It’s not really a new thing for me to explore the feelings and thoughts of more than one character in a book. In my novel “Second Chances”, for instance, I wrote some of the chapters from James’s point of view and some of them from his estranged wife, Pamela’s viewpoint. I felt that in order to tell a story such as “Second Chances”, it was important for readers to appreciate that there are two sides to every story. In fact, that was my working title for the book, “Two Sides to Every Story”.
In my novel, “A Time to Tell”, I have written from Cara’s POV but also from her estranged son Benjamin’s POV, and her granddaughter, Penelope’s. Again, it was important—to tell the story well—that all of those characters were given a chance to ‘speak’.
In shorter fiction, its harder to show the story from more than one character’s point of view. There are less words to work with, less time to get to know the characters. Usually, a good short story will focus on one character, or at the most two. There are two stories in “Delusion and Dreams” that to me felt unfinished in their original state; I felt sure that I could add to them and improve them by writing an extra part to the story. In the case of “Delusion and Dreams”, this turned into a short story told in four parts. We meet three different characters in those four parts and learn about their personal situation. “Delusion and Dreams” started off as a short story that I wrote one day on the subject of love, because I intended to enter it into a love story competition. In the end, it remained sitting in a drawer at home for a couple of years. When I was putting together my new collection of stories, I decided to type it up, and I really liked it, but I felt the need to continue the story. I added a part II to show the story from Jessie’s POV. After that, another character, Frances, seemed to require a bit of background, and part III was written. I ended the series of stories by going back to the character in part I, Jack. I think it was important for the story to tell all of these three characters’ tales.
The second story that I expanded was a very old one I had written probably in the late ‘90s. “Friends and Neighbours” was originally a story I wrote for a competition. My writing has taken a new direction recently. My novel Haunted, has seen my writing enter a decidedly darker path. I like the darker side of writing at the moment, and “Friends and Neghbours” seemed to be crying out to me to turn it into a darker work. There was already a hint of it in there, but it just needed to be elaborated. I wrote a second part for the story, “Friends and Neighbours – Revisited”. That part of the story is much darker, and much more in tune with my current writing than the first part of the story was. Again, this takes the original story but spins it around so that we see the action and development from another character’s perspective.
I think stories that show more than one side enable the reader to empathise more with the characters, and maybe get more from the story. After all, in real life things are never only black and white, but there are lots of other colours in between.
We all struggle to find our way. What you see isn’t necessarily all there is. This collection takes you into the grey area, because the world is never just black and white. Life is all about perspective. One person’s delusion is another person’s dream.
Includes five bonus stories.
All of Maria’s books are available on Amazon, in both print and Kindle format. Here’s a look:
I hope you’ll take the time to connect with Maria and explore her fictional world.
Let’s not forget the giveaway!
5 Winners – 5 Prizes!
1 signed paperback copy of Dreams and Delusion
1 e-book copy of Killing Instinct by Darcia Helle
1 e-book copy of Rise of the Shadow by J.Michael Radcliffe
1 e-book copy of Nocturnal Embers by Helle Gade
1 e-book copy of The Unhewn Stone by Wendy Laharnar
1 e-book copy of Dreams and Delusion
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