Lately, when it comes to reading, I haven’t been reading a lot of young adult - at least not from traditional publishers. I’ve been a little disillusioned with them. The stories all contain too many of the same elements. New girl in town. Mysterious hot boy with secret. Love triangles (ugh, please can we just stop with this? I’m begging you. No more love triangles.) First love. It was tiring reading the same love story, different names and location. After a while, I stopped getting sucked into the stories like I wanted.
So when it came to writing Snapshots and Cyc’s love life, I wanted something a little different than boy meets girls and they instantly fall in love and you know when the story ends they will dance happily into the sunset. Boy, that sentence is a run on, but you get my point right? I wanted to give Cyc a relationship with Amber that is set more in the real world. When he falls for Amber, she’s not the first person he’s ever crushed on. In fact, he had a boyfriend that he dumped. The same went for Amber. Cyc wasn’t her first love. She had boyfriends before him, even a few she had been certain was The One.
Yes, in stories, we like rooting for our favorite guy, but to have him be the only guy? No others before? No others after? Real life is rarely like that. (Yes, I know it can happen. My mom is proof of first love.) True love is a little more elusive and there is no heartbreak like a teenage heartbreak.
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My name is Cyclop Blaine and I am a real person.
“You are mine.”
I am a real person: heedless of a childhood spent under the supervision of an old man I only know as Master.
“You belong to me.”
I am a real person: regardless of my teenage years bound by violence as the adoptive son of the Victory Street Gang's leader.
“You will obey me.”
I am a real person: despite the visions I see in others' eyes. Snapshots of their futures.
“You will cower before me.”
I am a real person: my life will be my own. I belong to no one.
“You. Are. MINE.”
Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was more of an art and band geek. Some stories are meant to be told and now she can't stop writing. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.
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