Monday, January 24, 2011

So...um...do you want to come in?

There are few things that are more intimate than reading a book - like sharing a toothbrush or double dipping chicken wings. (Why? What were you thinking?)

From the moment we read the first word, we turn the key to the door of someone else’s mind and step through. For the first few paragraphs, we tread slowly, careful not to bump into furniture. After a while, we begin to relax and explore more freely, running our fingers across tabletops and picking up interesting objects from the mantle for closer inspection. Before we know it, we’re entering bedrooms and rifling through drawers. Then, something extraordinary happens: the space becomes ours.

Beautiful

Broken

Bliss

Each word in the book passes through the prism of our experience to be colored by memory and bias. “The happiest thought she had ever had,” becomes a unique composite of lavender and vanilla perfume, a plate of warm fudge brownies, and the Glee episode where the football team shimmied to BeyoncĂ©.

And as this transition from intention to imagination takes place, characters take their first real breath outside the author’s head and wander into ours. They walk through the world we’ve created for them, compliment what we’ve done with the place, and make themselves comfortable. Some stay for the length of time we’re curled in bed with their stories and a cup of tea. Others, whether we like it or not, never leave. They become a part of us, as real as anyone we’ve ever met.

I’ve invited a few of the characters from BEFORE EVER AFTER to come by The Slight Detour this week. I hope you can stop by and meet them. You don’t have to dress up. It won’t be anything fancy – just maybe some drinks and chicken wings.

8 comments:

Cathy Kozak said...

What an absolutely novel (sorry!) idea to invite some of your novel's characters to stop by and chat with us. Will they 'let the cat out of the [proverbial] bag'?

Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

Cathy - I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they won't drink too much and let our secrets slip! :)

reyl said...

You rock, Sam.

ocmominmanila.com said...

Yay, they're coming! Can't wait to meet Shelley, although I feel i know her already.

Scrollwork said...

Oh boy! Can't wait to see if Max really does look like his Facebook profile pic.

Scrollwork said...

P.S. Loved how you described the magic that happens between readers and characters. Spoken like a true writer.

EQ said...

You are creatively whetting our collective appetite
for your novel!

Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

Rey - Aww...thanks!!!
OC -Will you be bringing the dip for the Bonchon wings? ;)
Scrollwork - Thanks! (as for Max, you'll have to wait and see...)
EQ - Thank you! Max, Shelley and the gang are excited too.