Sunday, July 12, 2009


I've recently noticed a disturbing trend in my work.

I'm killing off the mothers.

Wow, that felt good to finally come clean and admit it.

I've been putting alot of time into my query and getting ready to get the next round out there (thus, my neglect of my blog...) In my rewrite, I've been really struggling to find a theme that would resonate with people. But in my search, I found my "mother-slaying."

You see in my first novel, the mother is killed off in the very beginning. In fact you never even meet her first hand. Her tragic story is revealed through her daughter and her own self discoveries. Yet in a way, the mother is the heroine of the book so I felt rather comfortable with killing her off. But now that I've written part of my second novel, I realize that I have killed the mother on the first page. Not a brutal murder, but a sad and lonely accidental overdose.

I'm so disturbed by this trend, in fact, that I've rewritten the beginning part so she doesn't actually die. I'm not sure yet which way I'll finally let it play out. WHEN (not if, right?) I finally do get published, do I want to be the author known for writing about dead mothers?

I seem to have this Bambi-esque theme through my stories in which the mother has to die for the daughter to find her legs...her true self.

Hmmm.... How's that for a theme? :)

Have you ever discovered an interesting trend in your own writing - was it liberating or disturbing?


  1. I've discovered that I seem to write about bullying a lot. Not consciously, though. I never bullied at school and was never really bullied, so where it came from I have no idea.

    I've left you an award over at my place :0)

  2. Yes, if you expect your daughter to ever read your books, you had better change that... LOL.

    I noticed the presence of birds at key points in the story. Do I see them as messengers or harbingers or just symbolic of important events? No idea.

    I killed off a lot of people actually. Including the mother.

  3. Oh My Gosh! I hadn't even thought of my daughters reading it! I was more concerned about what my own mom might think seeing her prototype killed off repeatedly...a whole new problem...LOL

  4. Watch your back, dear... *grin*