May 15, 2012

Night Sky by Jolene Perry Blog Tour - Guest Post!

Writing a male POV

The BIGGEST challenge for me is that after talking to all the guys I grew up with, they think about sex and boobs, and touching and kissing, and, and, and . . . A WAY lot.

So, there's always a balance there in making sure the MC sounds like a guy, but not making it offensive or frustrating to listen to.

The other challenge is that guys don't notice what people wear. They don't think about hair, or even surroundings as much as a girl might. They're observant about different things, so that creates a challenge in creating setting.

Very few things irk me more than when an author gives you the stats of a room so you know where everything is. The setting should all relate to your character. The problem is that when your character just wants to veg with pizza and his girl, there's not going to be much setting.

Jameson was hard because he was a nice guy, but still a guy. He was close with his mom and really feels deeply in part because he's smart, and in smart because the pieces of his life are falling apart. So, it was also balancing his heart-brokeness, but keeping him sounding like a guy.

In some ways it's easier writing guys. I feel like my writing is cleaner and more straight-forward when I'm writing a male POV. When I write girls, I tend to spiral their thoughts too much.

I did have two teen boys read the book to make sure that he sounded okay to them. I got all thumbs up, and went ahead. I think that having teen readers is a must for anyone writing YA fiction.

So, that's my random take on male POV, and I wish more people would write it!

Thanks for having me on today!

~ Jolene

Author Bio:
Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.

After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.

She is also the author of The Next Door Boys and the upcoming Knee Deep.

About Night Sky:

After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.

As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums - she's way more than distraction. Jameson's falling for her fast.

But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.


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