Are you an aspiring writer/author who wants to learn more about the craft of writing? (Do you see me raising my hand?)
Then this post is for you!
I’ve decided to try to interview authors on certain elements of their writing. As a wannabe writer myself, when I sat down to write my first manuscript the words that flowed out were in 1st person point of view (POV). Third person POV is more commonly used. Personally, I like first person POV but when I presented my story to a critique group I was met with opposition. Some readers may love first person and some may not. I think the key is that if you can write 1st person POV well then you shouldn’t have any opposition.
I had the opportunity to dialogue with Lena Nelson Dooley about my story. Was the first person POV working?
She immediately walked over to her kitchen table, piled high with books she’d been sent to read and review, and dug out “Lady Jayne Disappears” by Joanna Davidson Politano. “Read this,” she said. “And see how she tackled 1st person.” (paraphrasing our conversation)
And, oh my, she did!
Which resulted in me giving Joanna a shout-out on how well the book was written.
Which also led me to ask her if she would be willing to answer my questions on the specific topic of writing in 1st person. She said yes!
So, without further ado, here is Joanna: