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This is an interesting topic for me because a reviewer pointed out themes in my books that I hadn't consciously been aware of or planned really. Honor Bound is about people with special abilities, therefore they are different than the rest of society. I wrote the book wanting to present a grittier, more realistic version of what it is like to have those abilities and how they try to go about their everyday life while rescuing others. A reviewer pointed out to me that those themes would resonate well with teens and even preteens who are different, gifted, or have some sort of special need. She mentioned both gifted and talented students along with kids with Asperger's in her review that you can read in full on my Amazon page.
All six of my characters have had very different experiences with their abilities. Min-Ji was abused and tortured because of hers, Jessie made bad choices with her empathy that led her to consciously choose how she would wield it, Cesco's speed and heightened senses are easy to conceal so it's never been a bother to him, John and Clara's mental, emotional and physical entwining makes their life both easier and much, much harder. Sarah, well you'll just have to see. Since they all have had different experiences they have all built different coping mechanisms. You will see Sarah at the beginning of this journey and the others think they answers for her but when their reality shifts they all have to reassess how they both use and view what it is they can do.
I think this is a theme that pertains to everyone throughout your life, when you were a child perhaps you excelled in one thing, then things switched, you had to adapt to different groups, different viewpoints and you had new influences. The things that may have been a strength for you at one time may be a weakness later on. The reviewer pointed out that she viewed my characters as good role models for figuring out how to handle what makes you different. I took that as high praise. It may not have been at the forefront of my consciousness while writing but I was a gifted and talented student, an oddball and in many ways still am. Apparently some of those experiences shined through. I, like they always tell you, wrote what I like to read and I love to read about people overcoming challenges that would render most people insane.
I have also realized that Honor Bound treats males and females equally. I have no “token” characters, all six of them serve a definite purpose both within the group and to push the story forward. I don't think gender when I write; the character, their gender and traits, pop up pretty simultaneously in my head. There is still much discussion of “strong” women character and I have to agree with the great Joss Whedon. Write them the same way you write a male characters. It's really not that complicated to me. I think perhaps that is another theme that is in this book, gender doesn't separate, it is just part of who we are. The twins give me a very interesting platform to show that because in many ways they are one person in two bodies but they have different personalities and John is the more fiery, emotional one.
In the end, Honor Bound is about loyalty, acceptance, adaptation and forgiveness of self. It also has some killer action scenes, great humor, will make you cry and be late to work because you get sucked into my world. That's your warning. I hope you enjoy.
X-Men meets the Real World. "This was an amazing book while steeped in fantasy it tackles a huge subject , the subject of human trafficking. Instead of a bland preachy PSA against it, this story uses amazing imagery, action, intensity, and heart to keep you reading well into the night."
Children and teens with unique abilities are being sold on the black market. When twins John and Clara made a vow several years ago to help children that had abilities, they never thought they would be forced to fight hardened criminals. Honor Bound Awakenings shows the beginning of the journey they and their friends from idealism to reality and what sacrifices they will be forced to make to keep their vow.
Picking up the moment Awakenings' end – John and Clara are forced to choose which of them will continue to put themselves in the line of fire, Cesco has to make peace with what he may have to become to keep the others safe, Min-Ji confronts her painful past head on, Sarah and her family must learn to adapt to the results of her Awakening and Jessie has to struggle to keep the group emotionally stable.
Over the years he and Clara had learned how to block each other out when needed. If they hadn’t, going through puberty would have probably driven them both nuts. When they didn't block properly they literally felt exactly what the other one was. When their parents started training them in martial arts when they were toddlers they didn’t understand why one would react when the other missed a block and a light hit got through. As they progressed in life and in training they slowly learned how to separate themselves. Their biggest fear when they started to go after criminals was if they got separated and beaten. No matter how strong of a block they put up some of that would leak through and it could incapacitate them both, not to mention if anyone ever found out.
They were each other’s greatest weakness. John started to think of Akinori and what she would say about Sarah. Akinori had been a detective, she was John and Clara’s mom’s partner in the Japanese police dept. Their mom had gone undercover a lot, especially in vice cases. John remembered the night of the car accident that had killed both his parents. It had been Akinori who had showed up at the house, ordered them to pack some bags and leave Japan. Their father was Scottish and had family in Scotland and the United States. They had bought tickets for Scotland and stayed there for about a month until they got a call from Akinori.
“Your mother’s cover was blown somehow. I don’t think their death was an accident. The prosecutor won’t do anything because there is not enough evidence and he is corrupt. I had an accident but will be coming to see you. I retired from the force.” She hung up. The next time they saw her she had a prosthetic leg along with copies of all the files of the their mother’s cases. That was 4 years ago. It seemed like yesterday.
"I like comfy, simple clothes and sparring with weapons. I occasionally try my hand at archery and artistic photography, sometimes I'll even hop a wall or vault a bench. I'm a tomboy at heart, what can I say.
"Why do I write? My imaginary friends are endlessly entertaining and they always do whatever the hell I tell them to. Besides it's fun to play Goddess, most authors won't admit that but I'm pretty blunt. It's fun to torture, harass, endlessly confound and every once in a while make a character a bit happy with life. Not too often though, that's just silly."
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