Hello everyone and welcome back to the Writer's Revolution. I am your host, the author of The Phoenix Blade: Project Justice, Andrew Hess. Today I would like to welcome a returning guest, an incredible author and friend as well as one of my inspirations for interviewing authors, Toi Thomas.
Topics vs. Themes (part 1) by Toi Thomas
Topic: 1a subject of conversation or discussion
Theme: 2a unifying or dominant idea, motif, etc., as in a work of art
Technically these two words mean pretty much the same thing, but as you can clearly see their meanings can be slightly altered to provide more emphasis to any subject. I’m not even going to touch on subjects. What I am going to do is discuss some of the themes of my book, Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel, and a few subsequent topics that following along.
The Three Major Themes of Eternal Curse
Purpose | Discovery | Faith
Finding one’s purpose is the key to unlocking the joy of life. For when you finally know why you are here, everything else just seems to fall into place. –Toi Thomas
These are the words that constantly flowed through my head when I was writing this story. The main characters of this story are drawn together by the pursuit of something greater. My hero, Giovanni, is looking for a cure of sorts. He wants to be something he’s not. He doesn’t understand why he exists the does and wants to find understanding. Mira, my heroine, on the other had has no clue her purpose has been unfound. She is a wealthy, successful doctor about to discover that she is meant for something else entirely.
Adoption and family (more specifically, surrogate families) are a major topic within this theme. If you’ve ever met someone who’s been adopted or didn’t have a family you might be able to relate to this. The fact is that when you don’t have a family, you sometimes question who you really are and what you’re meant for. Most people have someone in their lives telling them exactly who they are until such a time arises when they are ready to decide for themselves. Orphans on the other hand know that, at some point, they were rejected by their birth family. This can be the beginning of a later identity crisis or can simply leave a person a bit self-conscious.
Now, because this story delves into the supernatural, there is a struggle between good and evil. This idea also plays heavily into the notion of one’s true purpose. Can someone born holy turn to evil? Can an abomination be made holy? What if you exist in a world you were never meant to be a part of- would you even have a purpose?
This and so much more are the kinds of ideas that inspired me and fueled the telling of this story. Please join me at the ToiBox of Words to see the continuation of this post, in my Author Insights series; I still need to touch on Discovery and Faith. Until then, please enjoy this excerpt from Eternal Curse: Giovanni’s Angel.
The next morning at breakfast Giovanni wasn’t there. Abraham urged Mira to go ahead and eat without him. Mira asked Abraham, “Why do you think he hasn’t come down?”
“Something must have happened. He only misses breakfast when he’s upset about something.”
Mira cleared her throat and swallowed her last bite. “He must know about me leaving, but I don’t know how he could.”
“So you’re leaving?” questioned Abraham before responding. “I suppose he couldn’t help it. Sometimes he hears the processing of our minds even when he doesn’t want to. Our thoughts, our desires, and our emotions haunt him so.” Abraham paused a moment. “When will you leave? Will you be returning?”
Mira took a deep breath and answered him softly, “I’ll leave tomorrow; the arrangements have all been made. I would love to come back, if I’m welcome.”
Abraham moved himself closer to Mira and was now sitting right next to her. He took her hand and cupped it with both of his. “You’ll always be welcome here, Mira. I think you’re wonderful and delightful, and there’s definitely something special between you and Gio. He needs you more than you know.”
“How?” asked Mira. “How could he possibly need me? I haven’t been much help to him so far. He’s so much stronger than he realizes and I’m so weak.” Mira leaned into Abraham’s shoulder and rested her head.
“That’s why he needs you, my dear,” answered Abraham. “One day I’ll be gone and Giovanni will need someone to look after, someone to tell his dreams to and to give him a purpose. He needs to feel needed by someone, and like it or not, Mira, you’re the one.”
Stay Tuned for Part 2 of our interview with Toi Thomas. In the meantime make sure you pick up your copy today on Amazon.com
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