October is the month of scary and here at Aussie Owned and Read we’re looking at all things frightening.
I’m not looking for singing or anything (🙂) but last week was my birthday.
My terrifying Tasmanian Tiger cake
Not just any day last week but Friday…. Friday the 13th. In October. I was kind of expecting something bad to happen.
(I was amazingly spoilt in fact, although I did get another year older)
However, it made me think of how often in books a birthday plays an important part and it’s not always a good one. A birthday is a time of change and in some cases of fear. Not just of getting old but of a shift, in society. In contemporary books that can be the shift of being able to drive or drink legally. Leave home, vote or leave school.
All of which can be a source of fear for a character (or a reader).
Then there’s becoming a wizard in a certain series.
Or perhaps a time of a choice that must be made and can determine one’s whole life like in Divergent by Veronica Roth. Then there’s Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins where every birthday gives you a greater chance of being selected.
Are you afraid of a birthday?
Should a character be?
I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction. My next book LAST DAYS OF US is out in Dec with HQ Young Adult.