Writer Wednesday Welcomes:Genevieve Graham

I’m really happy to introduce you today to my new friend Genevieve Graham. She’s marvelous and smart and fun. She also knows her business – writing. She’s graciously agreed to come by today and tell us one of the ways she keeps readers turning pages. She likes to mix things up! Here’s Genevieve to tell you how.

Why I Mix Things Up A Bit:

In my Romance Times Review, (4/5 stars!) Kathe Robin said, “The shift between first-person to third-person narrative may be difficult for some readers to follow, but others will be completely engrossed as each story unfolds.”

It’s true that a novel usually follows one perspective or the other, and the norm is either First Person (narrator in the scene: I am, I see, etc) or Third Person (fly on the wall: he saw, he went, etc), but rarely both. In Under the Same Sky, I played with that a bit, alternating every few chapters between Maggie’s first person perspective and Andrew’s third person perspective.

Under the Same Sky was the first book I’d ever written, and I actually didn’t realize what I’d done at first. I wrote the way the words and scenes came to me. But once I was done, and I saw how the stories of Maggie and Andrew had been told differently, I never even considered changing the perspectives.

Why did I feel compelled to write the book in this unusual style? I guess it’s because

Under the Same Sky tells a story that exists on two levels. Andrew’s story is written completely in Third Person, because it was vital that the reader experience a larger picture, a panorama of settings and people. Andrew’s Scotland is a rugged, hard place, but a beautiful one as well. I needed to paint that picture as colourfully as I could. Maggie, too, lived in a rough but picturesque land, but because of her gifts, her story needed to be told from an internal source.

I’m willing to bet you have had at least one “psychic” experience, whether it’s knowing what another person is about to say, knowing the next song on the radio, or something like that. How can you explain what that feels like to someone else? The words have to come from within that person’s psyche. First Person narrative may be confusing at first, but the outcome draws the reader into a world the Third Person narrative can’t achieve.

To my way of thinking, First Person explores the mind, the heart, the emotions from within. Third Person opens up the rest of the world, setting scenes, providing the wider view, encompassing more characters and experiences than just what the narrator knows. I’m not saying this is how books should be written, but to me, considering the depth of the psychic communication happening between Maggie and Andrew, that was the way I felt it needed to be explored.

Before I forget …

You know what else Ms Robin said in her review? “Readers will wait with bated breath for the sequel.” I’m so glad she mentioned that. Sound of the Heart will be released in stores May 1, 2012, and is available for preorder online now!

A lot of critics don’t approve of books written in the First Person perspective. What do you think?

Under the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham

The year is 1746. A young woman from South Carolina and a Scottish Highlander share an intimacy and devotion beyond their understanding. They’ve known each other their entire lives. And yet they have never met…

Maggie Johnson has been gifted with “the Sight” ever since she was a child. Her dreams bring her visions of the future, and of a presence she knows is real. She calls him Wolf, and has seen him grow alongside her from a careless young boy into a fearsome warrior. And when her life is torn asunder by unspeakable tragedy, he is her only hope.

Andrew MacDonnell is entranced by the vision of a beautiful woman who has always dwelt in his dreams. When war ravages his land and all he has ever known, he leaves the Scottish Highlands on a perilous journey to the New World to find her, knowing that their only chance of survival is with one another…

Their quest to find each other across a treacherous wilderness will test the limits of courage and endurance, guided only by their dreams—and by the belief in the true love they share …


A beautifully written, riveting novel.

–Madeline Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of “Dangerous in Diamonds”

Graham’s sweeping tale unfolds with the kind of luscious, unrushed prose that feels rapturously close to epic.

–Shana Abé, New York Times bestselling author of “The Time Weaver”


About Genevieve:

Genevieve Graham graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (playing the oboe). While on a ski vacation in Alberta, she met her future husband in a chairlift lineup and subsequently moved to Calgary to be with him. They have recently settled in a small, peaceful town in Nova Scotia with their two beautiful daughters. Writing became an essential part of Genevieve’s life a few years ago, when she began to write her debut novel, Under the Same Sky.






Don’t miss Genevieve on January 5th at  http://www.escapewithdollycas.com/category/guest-posts/, talking about the “Mystery” behind her book!

Thanks again Genevieve!

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