Guest blogger: Zoe Winters! Back to Blog
Today I’m happy to welcome Zoe Winters to my home on the web. Zoe has a great paranormal novella, KEPT, that she is offering for free to readers on her site. (Come on, free! That’s the best kind of Christmas present.) Welcome to my blog, Zoe!
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I’m learning VERY slowly, that I cannot regurgitate every single thought in my head the second that I have it as “Zoe Winters.” For a long time I believed not doing that, to have any kind of “persona” was an act of dishonesty. But more and more I see it as playing smarter chess. People who stumble upon me on my blog don’t know me well enough and don’t understand my thoughts and feelings in context of everything else in my life enough to not misread me sooner or later.
In order not to come off as a bitch, or a jerk, or a know-it-all, there are times when I will have to learn to be more diplomatic.
We all have personas. (And sometimes I wonder if my bitchier side is a persona even I’ve fallen for.) Probably very few people in our lives know everything there is to know about us and all the nuances surrounding it. Everybody is on a “need to know” basis. Your garden club knows different things about you than your church friends, or your family. Your spouse probably knows more about you than anyone, though there are probably sides to you he/she doesn’t see.
In my current release, KEPT, Dayne is a sorcerer who is very much a hermit. A few decades before this story (magic users have very long lifespans), he fell in love with a werecat named, Jaden. But she wasn’t what she appeared. She’d been sent in to play the femme fatale and lure him to his doom under pretense of rescuing her. Being a good guy, he was “in the way” of the tribe’s plans.
The tribe underestimated both Dayne’s love for Jaden, and his power, because when he went to “save her” and found himself in a trap, he’d juiced himself up with enough power and strength that he was able to escape. Though not without killing a large portion of the tribe.
Word got out that he was evil. A dangerous sorcerer. It wasn’t true, but he’d been burned and didn’t want to be burned again, so in order to protect himself from doing something so stupid again, he let the rumors spread and let the reputation build. That’s Dayne’s persona, at least until he meets Greta, someone from the same tribe who actually IS in trouble.
Do you have a persona? Do different parts of who you are come out with different groups?
KEPT is a paranormal romance novella and is available as a free download here: http://zoewinters.wordpress.com/kept/