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February 17, 2017

Abducted Life by Patricia Josephine - Subtlety

NOTE FROM CHRYS FEY: Patricia let us choose from a collection of pre-made posts. I chose this one because I noticed my name was in it. ;)

Subtlety in Abducted Life

One thing readers may notice when they dig into Abducted Life is the strange thing I did with my chapters. Instead of the traditional Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, and so on, I started with Chapter: Xxxx. The next chapter is Chapter: Savannah. It alternates with whose POV the story is in. After a certain point where I stop using Xxxx. The reason for that is I didn't want Evan's name used up until a certain point. His name is in the blurb and mentioned once in that first chapter so readers know who's POV we are in when not in Savannah's, but after that, you won't read it again for a while.

I intentionally avoided using it because Savannah and Evan avoided using it. The chapter titles are meant as a way of showing how Savannah struggles with thinking he's dead and Evan feeling like he's no longer human, and therefore, himself.

Using subtlety is a tricky thing in writing. I know what I want to portray, but will the reader get it. My editor, Chrys Fey, had made a note about it and I had to explain it to her, but other beta readers seemed to have gotten it. I suppose it will depend on the person if they get what I'm going for or not. (Personally, I probably wouldn't if I wasn't the writer. I can be incredibly oblivious sometimes.) At the very least, if I have someone not get it and contact me asking about it, I now have a blog post to direct them to.

NOTE FROM CHRYS FEY: I made a note of this because I'm an editor...I have to. *wink* I also have to know what the author intends. :)


Savannah Janowitz’s perfect life was destroyed the night she and her boyfriend vanished without a trace. When she reappears a year later––alone––she’s a shell of her former self. Robbed of her popularity and her boyfriend, she has no memory of what happened to her. Savannah struggles to move forward as strange, new abilities manifest.

Evan Sullivan never gave extra-terrestrials much thought until the night he and Savannah were abducted. While Savannah’s memory was wiped clean, he remembers every horrific detail. Constantly reminded of the experiments that made him less than human, Evan hides in the shadows and watches Savannah rebuild her life without him. But neither can let the other go.

When their paths cross, Savannah and Evan finally see a glimmer of their old lives return. As they face what happened to them, they soon discover they aren’t safe. There’s more to fear than what’s hiding in the stars.

Available for 99cents at Amazon.

About the Author

Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn't regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.

You can find her lurking on Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Wattpad. Find the latest news at her website or sign up for her newsletter. A link to all her books can be found here.


Pat Hatt said...

Unless on is plainly obvious, and even then, not ever reader will ever get everything. Can't please or hold the hand of everyone, so if it works, it works and carry on. Unless of course no one gets it, then one may be in trouble lol

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Patricia, I'm intrigued by your book, the title Abducted Life is wonderful and I also like the style of narratiion wherein you use a particular character's point of view to narrate the chapter.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I did a book with the POV character at the top of each chapter, then later read my own book and forgot the POV was at the chapter header. LOL. Fortunately, I alo had a good editor who encouraged me to use the opening line of each chapter to also orient the reader to the switch in POV.

Tamara Narayan said...

This style of chapter headings sounds interesting. Not sure I pay much attention to chapter titles even if they tell me which character the POV is coming from. Usually the first paragraph lets you know who's doing the talking.

Anonymous said...

I admit, I don't often even read chapter headings of the books I'm reading. LOL

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness for your editor, eh?

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Rachna.

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine

Anonymous said...

I'm the type to not even get obvious subtly, so I have no idea how this will go over. Fingers crossed it goes over well.

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine

Anonymous said...

Thanks for having me on the blog Chrys, and for the awesome editing job. I'll be bugging you again for sure. =)

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine

Neurotic Workaholic said...

Interesting take on alien abduction, especially since it provides two different perspectives on the same situation. I must admit that I have a few neighbors that I wish would get abducted by aliens, at least until my lease ends. :)

Anonymous said...

LOL! Am I horrible for laughing at that?

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It's always a chance with subtle. But when readers get it, then it's a warm and happy feeling.

Anonymous said...

Exactly! =)

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine

nashvillecats2 said...

Appears to be an excellent book by an equally excellent author.


Anonymous said...

You flatter me. *blushes*

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine

Nas said...

Congratulations Patricia! Abducted Life sounds intriguing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Nas.

Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine

Chrys Fey said...

You're welcome, Patricia! Sorry I'm so late. I've been taking care of my mom. I would love to edit for you again. :)