Please join us in welcoming fellow MuseItUp author Kai Strand to our blog. For her fabulous guest post, read on!
Why Alternate Points of View? It’s Worth the Effort by Kai Strand
How many times have you scratched your head wondering why someone reacted the way they did? Said what they said? Got mad at you when you never meant to upset them? In the rare circumstance that you are able to find out the motivation behind someone’s unexpected actions, it often surprises you to learn their reaction makes a lot of sense, but only AFTER they explain themselves.
That was the reason I wanted to write my novellas in two different points of view. Except I didn’t want to hop back and forth within the same story, instead I wanted to devote an entire story to each character. So that you truly get to know the character and their motivations, quirks, dreams, weaknesses and most importantly, growth.
That’s how Worth the Effort was born.
Seventeen-year-old Ayden Worth shouldn’t have to seek peace of mind in the streets. But as family pressures mount, his anxieties increase, and he turns his back on comfort for a life in homeless camps and back alleys.
Then one fateful day he runs into the only person he ever wanted to know better. Ella Jones. His memories paint her as kind and undemanding, and it seems the years haven’t changed her. Her simple expectations draw him to her. Against all odds, a relationship buds and grows.
Yet, as Ayden repairs his life, Ella suggests he help others who also struggle. Will Ella turn out to be just like his dad, expecting more from him than he can give? Or will he prove that he is worth the effort?
Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M7HOZUU
Ella Jones is a coward. There is a teen boy living in the alley behind her work and she is terrified of him.
Desperate to leave behind the stereotypical and judgmental world she was raised in, Ella forces herself to make a true connection with seventeen-year-old Ayden Worth. As their friendship grows Ayden’s quiet, gentle ways teach her true courage.
But there’s more to Ayden’s story than Ella knows. When their worlds collide in the most unexpected place, Ella feels betrayed. Will she find the courage to learn who Ayden really is, or will she determine he’s not worth the effort?
Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K4F0C18
What was Ayden thinking during their conversation in the den? Why did Ella befriend Ayden in the first place, when she was so obviously afraid of him? Readers get a unique chance to find out what the other character was thinking during crucial scenes, just by reading the other story.
Seriously, don’t you wish you could get this chance in real life?
About the author:
When her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for the younger ones, Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Learn more about Kai and her books on her website, www.kaistrand.com.