Only eight more days until the release of my new short story, Amethyst, on Kindle! I’m so excited that I have this opportunity to explore the Dark World Universe beyond Ruby, despite how much I adore writing from her POV in the core novels. There’s so much more to this world than any one person can see and experience and by exploring the backstories of other characters, and my sincere hope is that I as a writer, and you all as readers, will learn and understand more about this world and how it came to be as well.
What Motivates Amethyst? Throughout the story you’ll quickly realize that Amethyst doesn’t want to be like her mother, and with good reason! Sometimes people are doomed to repeat the mistakes of their parents because they don’t have the insight to do things differently, but other times, if people are lucky, they can rise above the dysfunction they grew up surrounded by. That is Amethyst’s greatest desire, but given the circumstances of The Complex, carving out her own path is a difficult challenge for her to face. As a writer, I took a step back from my own thoughts and opinions and honestly tried to imagine myself in her shoes, and to realize that the paths I see as possibilities are simply not the same as what Amethyst would be able to see. It was my goal to convey her reactions and choices as honestly as possible. She is a flawed character, just as all of us are flawed people, and she has a lot to cope with. Personally I view her story, and how it ends, as tragic, but that’s the thing about Dark World; it’s a tragic place all around. Unfortunately if we keep going down the path we’re on in the USA in real life in present day… I fear that this dystopian future may be more of a real possibility than I ever imagined when I first began writing.
Amethyst’s story is a sad one, but I hope it will encourage you to think and to feel, as it did for me as I wrote it.
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