When Teddy Fisher runs from his home at the start of Fabled Circus
, he doesn’t know where he’s headed, and the reader follows out of concern for the twelve-year-old. That story had to be told from his naïve point of view, because it’s his journey, and we become invested in what happens to him. That would all get ruined if the reader knew more than the protagonist.
In the sequel, Bountiful Harvest
, I embraced the challenge of writing from multiple points of view, alternating them in the chapters. By opening up the story to get the perspectives of individual members of Bountiful Harvest as well as that of the antagonist/s, the effect is meant to be more epic. Whereas the first book had a more intimate feel, the second provides a more panoramic view of 2082.
For example, here’s a private moment from Fabled Circus
when Teddy is cornered by Dieter, the mad genetic scientist after he says, “I’ve been following you since I met you at the show:”
Teddy examines the dirt under his own fingernails and the calluses
formed from his day’s work at the circus. It’s a trick he learned when
with his old man. When Teddy’s father would come huffing after him
while dragging his right clubfoot, Teddy would find the most boring
thing to concentrate on.
In contrast, here’s an example of the group’s multiple points of view in Bountiful Harvest:
Franklin’s face grew red to the point where it looked as though it
might burst. “We’re all runaways, you idiot. And socially awkward,
too. Your parents didn’t like you the way you are, just like everybody
Candice exhaled a frustrated sigh that crescendoed into a growl.
“We can see you, Juan! Why’re you trying to hide, when anyone call
tell where you’ve slinked off to?”
Juan had crouched to where he could blend in with a chair once
sat in by circus patrons.
Teddy wheeled on Candice like he’d been storing up condemnation
for some time. “You are an emotional nightmare! You’re always
gushing over with sentimental…”
Through much of the book, I have one point of view per chapter, but there were some labeled Bountiful Harvest/chapter name. It was a big challenge to write from all these different characters’ mindsets and keep them all straight. I did it, though, in service of the kind of story I was telling. I believed the reader should get a sense of these differing personalities to highlight the difficulty of them coming together under the pressure of having to save the planet.