Faith McKay writes stories about characters with real world struggles in otherworldly settings. She is the author of PROPHECY GIRL, a story where characters struggle with the idea of having a destiny. In comparison, she feels really lucky that her destiny was to struggle with comma placement and be that awkward lady who points out puns at parties.
Other things to know about Faith… She wears two different colored shoes. She is a survivor of child abuse. She has lived with chronic illness for over a decade. A lot of people don't like her because she laughs too much. It's also the reason a lot of other people do like her, so go figure. She listens to more music than people are probably supposed to. She's a nomad. The word sounds really cool, so a lot of people say it, but she actually lives in an RV with her husband and their pet bunny rabbit, Dorian Gray.
Ever since Samantha Winthrop's mother moved them to Lacuna Valley, supposedly in search of better weather, the list of strange questions she has no answers for has been growing out of control.Does her little sister, Violet, have the ability to make things happen just by "praying" for them? Are Sam's dreams really predicting the future? Is she destined to marry the boy she just met, and what is the mysterious orb that he's guarding? Why does she get the impression that there are dangerous creatures watching from the woods?While Sam should be focusing on answering those questions, there is one other that makes them seem almost irrelevant: Is her mother planning on killing her and Violet?
The Character Who Isn't in Prophecy Girl
Leigh Peterson is a human friend that Sam meets at her high school in my novel, Prophecy Girl. She's pretty much the opposite of Sam, which makes her a great person to help Sam question her own life. She wears camouflage, loves purple, has a lot of attitude, and gets right into everybody's business—not that you'd know, because all of her big scenes were cut throughout the novel.
This decision is one of those that just sucked to make as a writer. It felt like killing a person. She had some great lines, she was really funny, she was insightful, and I just have this big soft spot for her.
Sometimes I think of writing as my own personal playground. People talk a lot about writers as control freaks who enjoy playing God. A lot of that is probably true, at least while writing, but once revision time comes around the flow of the story becomes the all powerful ruler that I, as a writer, am trying to appease. I look at every element and question "Does this add to the overall flow of the story I'm telling here?", and if the answer is no, it has to go, no matter how much I love it. Sometimes it can be a little heartbreaking.
The truth is, there were already a lot of characters in Prophecy Girl, and Leigh wasn't essential to the plot at this point in the story. I only introduced her when I did because she plays an important part in later books. I've cut and saved all of her scenes for potential use in the Lacuna Valley future, but I still look at Prophecy Girl and think, "That's where Leigh used to..."
I feel her presence like a ghost. My character ghost.
I have to keep reminding myself she's not really gone, because readers will get to know her soon enough in book two, where she plays a much bigger role. Until that time, here's one of Leigh's moments that was cut from Prophecy Girl, Lacuna Valley Book One.
"I know a lot of people think I'm cold or that I think love is overrated because I'm always butting into other peoples relationships. Love is not overrated. Love is everything. I just think you have to figure out how to be you, and everyone around here is always just giving away bits of themselves so they have somebody to touch their naughty places."
Sam laughed. "You're full of all kinds of wisdom, aren't you?"
"That's me, wise woman, shelling out the free advice."
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