Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Karen M Moning Shares Why She Wrote Barrons As She Did

I don't know about you but one of my most ANTICIPATED book questions EVER has been what the heck is Jericho Barrons. I remember spending the Sunday before ALL day on Facebook tossing back and forth theories because we're all so invested and enamoured and heavily lustful of him. So I was excited going into Shadowfever and wasn't "too" surprised by it but I did have that moment of "Ok I know what he is but what kind... is there a name to it?" The thought past and I got lost in the magic and brilliance of the story and was totally happy with how it all played out. I'm not sure about you but I got my happy ending - a domesticated Barrons ... well..... as domesticated as you can get him with out him staring you down before ripping your throat out LOL. But it wasn't long before I started hearing that others had those same initial thoughts. I'm part of an AMAZING book club on Facebook (for those of you who'd like to join it's called HP Mallory's Online Book Club and we're gearing up to start a new series) and one of the members had caught the Fever chat KMM had over at Hanging With Bells! (go HERE to see it all) Anyway, *takes a deep breath* KMM shared this which I thought was perfect and I loved that she did it....read on..

"When every other novel I was picking up in the bookstore announced: Vampire/Werewolf/Demon hero on the cover, and was marketing it on the basis of that paranormal creature’s mythic resonance, I wanted to write a story with a male center-stage character that defied labels, and wouldn’t permit one. I wanted to make the reader choose to take him or leave him without the convenience of a pre-packaged tortured-hero caricature to slap over his outline, and no easy answers about whether he was good or bad. I wanted to write a paranormal creature and never tell the reader what he was, because I believed they would ultimately see him more clearly in his everyday behavior, than through the distorted lens of someone else’s legend. Barrons says, “Judge me by my actions” and makes the reader do the same. At the end of the series, I wanted the reader to answer the question: Who/what is Barrons? the same way Mac does: Who cares? He’s Barrons. In the vein of showing, not telling, I wanted my characters to love each other—but never tell each other that. I chose instead to show it in their actions, in the choices they made. Words are easy; lies as simple as parting your lips and breathing. "

It is such human nature for us to have everything nicely cut out and clear, wrapped up tidily in a bow so we can put it into a labelled box. Totally understandable. But this is Barrons we're talking about and I have to say the man defines himself. I love the idea that whenever Barrons told Mac to judge him by his actions, he was also talking to me as a reader. He knows how much he drives us crazy, how much we wished he would whisper his secrets to us so we could know who he is. So we don't know what species? So what - let's judge him by his actions ... he has taken me on an incredible journey and set the bar high when it comes to my obsession with alpha male characters. He has made me feel an amazing amount of emotion ranging from confusion, joy, frustrations, tenderness, grief and all out blood searing LUST. He's had me raving about him to everyone who'll listen causing me to develop new friendships, spreading the Fever to others who've also fallen in love with him. That's only a few things that my reading Barrons has done and will I let not knowing his species overshadow that? I'm with KMM and Mac in saying loudly "Who cares!" Barrons is who he is and thank goodness for that. We wouldn't have it any other way. Let him keep his secrets and face it, Barrons doesn't belong in a box. He'd hate it and things in boxes get stored away in dark, cobwebbed closets to be forgotten. And if I'm hearing the "word on the street" right, as bunches of readers are trying to become Pri-ya - he'll need to be on hand (and body) to help cure us.. I mean them all. Oh to be locked away with that man with nothing but our bodies and raw unconstrained passion  LOL



Sondrae Bennett said...

I wondered about this too but what a perfect answer from KMM herself. And she's right. I don't care what Barrons is. He's Barrons and that's enough. Thanks for sharing this!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

gosh i need to start this series!

Missie said...

OMG! Thanks for sharing this!

Aisle B said...

I will have to come back to read this post but I stopped since I've yet to read the whole bit.
I got as far as.. NO NOT HIM!

you know that already...

Loaned out my book and got it back yesterday but I have someone else who wants to read it.. I am such a sucker for reading buddies! Yes, I lent it out AGAIN! I requested that she speed reads it and bring it back by fri...

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

I <3 this rant. :D

Bels said...

Aisle - have you been able to read it yet? I have this strict rule with my new books - no one gets it until I've read it first lol. I drove a friend nuts when Last Sacrifice came out because I didn't read it for days after because of my surgery. She said it was torture!! I tried not to Mwahaha too loud.

Sweet - I love a good rant too :)

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