I’m not sure about other writers, but I never come up with a theme for a novel until after the first draft is written. Theme is organic in nature, and rises to the surface of the narrative as the story takes shape. What is the theme of LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU?
If had to put it in one sentence it would be this: SHADOWS is about the redeeming power of love and friendship. None of us escapes pain. Our human connections are our saving grace. Brannagh learns acceptance and letting go. There comes a time in everyone’s life when they are drawn towards revisiting the past and laying it to rest. This is part of Brannagh’s journey. She’s kind of stuck, I think, because she really just wants to avoid it all and get on with life. But, as is often the case, it won’t let her go. We are often drawn back, again and again, to the very thing we want to shy away from. Luckily, Brannagh has three loyal childhood friends who won’t let her drift away. They pull her back.
As promised, I’m posting consecutive scenes from Chapter One weekly, leading up to the official launch on May 10th. Hope you enjoy the next instalment. Just click EXCERPT on the menu above. Each scene is separated by a *.
Author of LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU
“Leveille’s writing sings of heartbreak and redemption, and the wicked dancing moments in-between.” Carol Bruneau author of Purple for Sky