Alternate Points of View

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.

~Ayden’s Story:

Worth The Effort Aydens story 300dpi

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:

~Ella’s Story:

Worth The Effort 300dpi

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:


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:

Kai Strand

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,


About HFBrainerd

Published novelist and Disney World fanatic. Thanks for coming along on this wild ride!
This entry was posted in reading, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

12 Responses to Alternate Points of View

  1. kaistrandauthor says:

    Thanks for hosting me today! It’s a pleasure to visit with you and your readers.

  2. Thank you heather and Kai. Very interesting post and concept, Kai. I like the descriptions of the books. They definitely want to make me read them. All the best.

    • kaistrandauthor says:

      Thanks so much, Matthew. Honestly, I thought writing the second p.o.v. would be so much easier. After I got into it a ways I realized I was going to have to work really hard to make the second story interesting, since I’d told parts of the story already.

  3. Heather G says:

    I can see it being difficult. The plot is set and can’t change. How to keep the reader involved and interested. Great post.
    H Greenis- The Natasha Saga

  4. HFBrainerd says:

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving comments! Kai’s books remind me of a book I had (and loved) when I was a teen. One side was from the girl’s POV, and then you flipped it over and it was the same romance from the guy’s POV. It was awesome!

    • kaistrandauthor says:

      Thank you for visiting, Heather G.

      Heather B, that book concept sounds like a lot of fun! Would be a bit hard to pull off on a Kindle though 😉 Do you remember the name of the book?

      • HFBrainerd says:

        I wish I remembered the name of the book, Kai, but that info has long since left my memory banks!

      • kaistrandauthor says:

        Lol. I understand that. I was recently trying to remember the name of a guy I dated shortly before meeting my now husband. Couldn’t come up with it. You have to purge the unimportant stuff.

  5. J.Q. Rose says:

    I love this idea of devoting the entire book to the POV of one character and then the same story from another POV for another entire book. What a challenge. I bet you like to put puzzles together too, Kai. Yes, I have read alternating POV in other books. One book I read was written in third person for one character’s POV, but the other POV character was in first person. Threw me off for a bit, but got used to it. Do you use first or third person for both books? Best wishes!!

    • HFBrainerd says:

      Kai really has me intrigued by this concept!

    • kaistrandauthor says:

      I absolutely love jigsaw puzzles. How astute of you! Ella’s Story is in 1st person present. Ayden’s Story is in 1st person past. The past tense felt more natural for Ayden, because of his timid personality. He’s more likely to need to think about things before he talks about them. It was my first time writing anything of significance in 1st person. Loved it!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s