Monday, 5 November 2018

5 Facts About My Current WIP: Cramping Chronicles: The Fourth Torment


5 FACTS ABOUT MY CURRENT WIP: CRAMPING CHRONICLES: THE FOURTH TORMENT

Last week I did five facts about Translucent (found here) and this week I'm doing the same about my other work in progress: Cramping Chronicles: The Fourth Torment. As usual, before I start I'll give you a bit of a rundown about what this book, and series is about.

Jessie Oliver is 15, and up until a few months ago, everything in a life was as it should be. Of course then she got sick and developed both M.E and Fibromyalgia which led to her needing a wheelchair. It was hard to adapt, but that's okay. Of course then the other problems started, she developed the ability to literally feel certain people's pain. It didn't take long for her and Gray to work out that she was an empath, a psychic recens empath. Her whole life got thrown up in the air and as she started a new school, made new friends, things just got more complicated. And in the fourth book, it's not different. Life is getting serious and she doesn't know if she has what it takes to win.

So onto my five facts!

#1 - JESSIE IS BI AND IN A RELATIONSHIP

Jessie and her girlfriend Meera, are only in the beginning stages of their first relationship. I didn't want to do an insta-love story and I also knew that for teenagers sometimes it's about getting together and then working out what you actually feel. The same can be said for a lot of adults too, myself included. I don't know if that's linked to my own possible ace-ness, but it made sense for it to work for Jessie and Meera.

#2 - GRAY IS JESSIE'S BEST FRIEND

Now Jessie didn't always have a lot of friends. Back at her old school, she hung out with Gray and pretty much believed that everyone else in the friend group just tolerated her. This wasn't completely true, but when Jessie had to move schools for access issues, and lost that daily contact with Gray, she had to test out her own ability to make good friends. She chose well, but she also still has that very strong friendship with Gray, and it's completely platonic and always will be.

#3 - JESSIE IS UNSURE ABOUT ATTENTIONOne thing becoming disabled did, was put her in the spotlight. When you throw in the added problem of the twitch, which is what they call her empath abilities, you start to be the one in the spotlight a lot of the time, and Jessie has never really been someone who liked that. Oh she's been told she does, but if she's honest, it aggravates her anxiety and makes her feel uncomfortable. Something she's still working to get over.

#4 - JESSIE TRUSTS HER FRIENDS, BUT CAN SHE TRUST OTHER PEOPLE?

To be fair, Jessie has been through a lot of things in the first three books, and part of that is knowing that not everyone has your best interests at heart. She'd always been someone who found it easy to give people the benefit of the doubt, but after what's happened, she's finding the world is different when you're different and even more so when you change from standing to sitting.

And finally, #5 - JESSIE DOESN'T KNOW IF SHE'S STRONG ENOUGH
There's a point when you have to realise that you can't do things alone. You have to ask for help, and part of Jessie's problem isn't that she didn't ask for help, it's that she relied too much on that help to the point where now she's facing something she is the only person able to do, and she's not sure she can. Lives are at stake, more than lives, and she's just not sure she's strong enough to do it, but what other choice does she have?

So those are my five facts about The Fourth Torment. Feel free to ask me questions in the comments!


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