It is my pleasure to be part of the launch celebrations featuring Last Kiss, the latest novel from Laurelin Paige. Last Kiss was published in e-book on June 14th 2016 by Sphere Books and will be released in paperback on 14th July. Last Kiss is available for purchase here.
Today, Laurelin has kindly provided a guest blog all about the elements that make up a person in characterisation.
Emily Wayborn has made a decision.
She might not fully trust handsome and deadly Reeve Sallis, but he is the one person that gives her what she needs. With Reeve she can finally be herself. Submitting to him is the only thing keeping her grounded as the rest of her life falls apart. But the hotelier is a master at keeping secrets, and as she continues her quest for answers someone is making sure she doesn’t find them.
Time is running out, and she is questioning everything she thought she knew about friendship and love. She must now make an impossible choice that will determine if she will survive with her heart…or at all.
What Makes A Person?
A Guest Post by Laurelin Paige
In a high school communications class, we studied what elements make up a person. One theory broke down these elements into four categories:
- The Obvious – this is what everyone can figure out on observation. Your height. Your hair color. The sound of your voice.
- The Unknown – these are things that no one knows about you. It generally shrinks the older you get, as you discover more about yourself. Things like, I don’t know whether or not I’ll be a crotchety old woman because I’m not an old woman yet. Or, I don’t know how I’d react to being held at gunpoint. Or, even more basic beliefs that I haven’t explored or decided yet.
- The Things Only Self Knows – these are things you don’t tell anyone. Your secrets. What you fantasize about. What worries you. This category becomes smaller with the people you let in.
- The Things Others Know – these are things that other people know about you that you don’t realize about yourself. We often forget that these are valid points that make up other people. For example, until recently, I didn’t realize I snored. But anyone who’d shared a room with me knew. It’s a characteristic that makes up who I am even though I wasn’t aware of it. There are deeper traits we might not recognize in ourselves – usually things that we don’t want to know like that we’re selfish or racist or ignorant, perhaps.
So when I’m asked if we can ever really know someone, I immediately think of this theory and my answer is no, we can’t. We can’t even truly know ourselves. But other people can often provide insight on ourselves that we can’t provide ourselves. Maybe we have to have deep relationships with others so that, collaboratively, we can know ourselves as deep as possible.
In First Touch/Last Kiss, Emily doesn’t know a lot about herself or Amber until Reeve comes along. He very much helps illuminate both the categories of Things Others Know and The Unknown.
About Laurelin Paige
Laurelin Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Fixed trilogy. She loves a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International, although she doesn’t do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.