As I write The Cat’s Eye Chronicles, there is no doubt that Sora is the main character of the story. Though I focus intermittently on side-characters, in the end, the series is primarily written from Sora’s POV, and her struggle directly correlates to the plot. This is, ultimately, Sora’s quest…it’s her adventure.
However, as I write, I can’t help but notice that it’s not necessarily Sora’s inner conflicts that drive the plot. Rather, it is the conflicts of two pivotal main charachters: Ferran and Crash.
Crash’s mystery, his demon/demons, and his story are essentially what define the series.
So what happens when a secondary character becomes the keystone of a book? Many miraculous things. We see Sora as she is, but also, we see her in regards of Crash. Her inner growth, her adventure, her experience relies on him. His mystery keeps her intrigued, and keeps the reader intrigued, and dare I say, keeps the author intrigued as well. This adds a depth to the story that otherwise would not exist.
Is Crash a simple character to write? No, he is full of contradictions, both self-imposed and arising from his environment. He is an endless source of conflict and intrigue. When I write his character, I draw on the darkness within myself, on the parts of me that truly resonate. The story, in this sense, isn’t truly about Sora. No, it’s about Crash, the Viper, his struggles and his triumphs, and his very slow, painful character arc.
Likewise, as we move into the territory of Ferran’s Map, I discover more about Ferran as a character and his presence ends up defining more of the story than perhaps I originally intended. I suppose it was inevitable. I think, in many ways, my creative soul is masculine in thought and more inspired by the struggles of the opposite gender–of battle, conquest, honor and heroism–more than what we consider typically feminine. Sora’s “coming of age” is just as important, but it’s the male characters in my books that truly capture my imagination.
I’d like to think there is a balance–Sora and Lori have their own struggles and their own worries, but the men in their lives become pivotal points of growth and change. In this way, the characters all play off of each other, assuming different roles, facing different struggles and achieving different accomplishments as the plot progresses.
So what is The Cat’s Eye Chronicles truly about? Well, you already guessed it, dear readers. It’s about an assassin. It’s about a killer reaching for new life. It’s about a girl who changes his world, and all the ways he changes hers. It’s about light and dark meeting each other, and realizing they are stronger together.
It’s about catharsis–realizing the darkness in another can compliment the light in ourselves–it’s about realizing there is no true light and no true dark–it’s all gray–it’s all real–and in the end, they can’t exist separately from each other.