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Book: Abandoned (The Saltire saga Book 1) by Warren Craig Shan

Book: Abandoned (The Saltire saga Book 1) by Warren Craig Shan

categories: Book, Scotland, Mystery, Science Fiction, Genetic Engineering, Orphan, Thriller


Warren Craig Shan

Author Warren Craig Shanabout this book: Inside every author, myself included, is a story that we want to get out. There is nothing unique about that. But I wanted to tell a story that is a little bit different. I can write short stories quite easily, but long book length story arcs is something I never thought I would be able to pull off.

Then this idea struck me: Don't try to write a long saga. Write a collection of short stories and assemble an anthology of sorts. That of course has too been done before. But what can I add to make it more unique? Another idea emerged write each short story in first person, essentially making each short story a story about a different person. In turn, each story will convey different themes because each narrator is doing and living out something different. If each story is a different person, then each story will have a different voice, a different accent, possibly a different culture. Another idea, lets make each voice part of a larger story. The reader would be privy to it, but the characters won't. Let the larger story be a saga of someone's life, the protagonist's journey. Let each short story be a quantum of the protaganist's life, a snapshot of their encounter with him or her. Just to make things even more interesting, let's make the protagonist someone a little extraordinary. And when all these ideas are put together, maybe, just maybe it will make a pretty decent book.

And hence Abandoned was created. A story about a little girl found on a park bench. Per the given premise, the story is told from the perspective of five different people (seven if you count the prologue and epilogue). The main character Emily is extraordinary. How so would be a spoiler. The mystery of who Emily really is, and how she ended up on that park bench, is the key plot point which drives along the story arc. The publisher put the genre down as a sci-fi thriller, but each character's story is of a different genre. People get more out of this book than they expect to, and do themselves a disservice of they don't try to persist with it.

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