I’m really excited about today’s very special guest! Today we have author Rebecca Reid and her psychological thriller, The Coop, is one of the best books I read in 2012. If you’re interested in knowing more about her, feel free to read her interview.
The Destruction Of Innocence
This may not come as a shock to you, but writing is so much more than hitting a few keys on your computer. It is so much more than creation. It is alive. To me at least, I can speak for no other authors when I say that. There is no plot line, no pre-planned chapters, just a cold cup of tea and burning fingers. I settle to write and it becomes me. The destination of my journey is unknown, as are the stops along the way where characters jump on and off. The story, and all that is in it, grows as the words hit the page. It would seem that my computer screen is not the razor thin aluminum I thought it was, but porous, absorbing every thought my subconscious chooses to drop onto the keyboard.
This is not a choice in writing style, I don’t believe one has that luxury; it is simply a fact. Each novel I write will start with a mere thought, or a fleeting vision and become whatever it chooses. That is why I was as shocked as any to discover the underlying themes within ‘The Coop’. There I was settling down to do a secondary edit when it jumped out at me that the pages were steeped in the destruction of innocence. Jodie Tiding becomes the embodiment of purity, both destroyed and encapsulated by it. She is unforgivably pursued by Mathew, whose own beliefs are an abuse of his naivety. Where there is innocence, a darkness lingers beneath. This realization shook me. Yes, I had written it, but I myself, had not foreseen it. Had my fear of disintegrating innocence within the world around us affected me this much? It would appear so.
Ask yourself this, innocence, do you fear for its existence? There was a time the word would tumble from our lips, continually associated with children, youths, the sublimely unaware. Is that still the case?
Rebecca Reid is the author of the psychological thriller The Coop. You can learn more about Rebecca by visiting her website.