The “what do you keep in mind while writing these characters” meme for Sasha and Eli, please? I love the Alliance Trilogy but haven't seen you respond to any of them yet!
Oh my goodness! My first babies! Lordy, it’s been forever, let’s see if I remember what writing those kids felt like.
(For those who don’t know, the Alliance books were my first novels.
They’re about a bunch of young adults stuck on different sides of a brimming civil war, learning that the world is bigger and more complicated than they think it is. They make friends, enemies, families, fall in love and fall into existential epiphanies. It’s ultimately a hopeful story, I like to think…
They’re also all free to download at ejadelomax.com.)
Things I keep in mind while writing Sasha:
1. She is not very moral. She thinks she is, but what she actually is is reactionary and emotional.
2. She does not feels like she fits in her life,
3. in her family,
4. or in her skin.
5. She needs to be moving– the muscles and movement she has built and earned are the things that feel most like *hers*. If anything is home, that is.
Things I keep in mind while writing Elijah:
1. He feels at home nowhere.
2. (His brother Nathaniel, in contrast, feels at home everywhere)
3. Eli’s the sort of kid who has lodestones, or orbits.
4. Sasha is the heart of one, Nathaniel another, and so is the empty space where Harston used to be.
5. He is still, but he is not calm.
Inspired by the work of Dutch painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Elie Saab’s couture collection today was a floral fairytale.
Empire-line minidresses, chiffon-draped princess gowns with additional chiffon sashes at the neck, sheer bejewelled sheaths with skinny belted waists and huge bustle hipped wedding gowns, this was about dreamy fashion that transcends continents, age, trend or season.
“Women often ask me for dresses like the bridal one I showed today,” Saab said after the show. “They want their dreams to come true and that’s what we try to do.”