Actions Have Consequences
Guest Post by Savannah Jezowski
When I was asked to write a couple of guest posts about the themes in my new release, I couldn’t have been more excited. Anyone who has read my work knows that I LOVE to put lots of thought into the morals, themes, and symbolism in my stories. Just to name a few, The Neverway Chronicles is a fairy tale themed Christian allegory set during the earthly ministry of my fantasy Messiah. When Ravens Fall deals with the different ways people respond to tragedy, while The Innkeeper’s Wife, currently my only published non-fantasy story, deals with the painful topic of Infertility.
Curse and Consequence is largely a tale about contrasts and consequences. Let’s face it, personalities don’t always mesh, and as close as family units can be, even the strongest families have moments of conflict. It’s inevitable.
In my newest release, all of my characters differ from one another in some respect—first you have my tidy and mildly OCD hero Sedgwick contrasted with his unkempt brother Hugh; you have the shy, penniless heroine Rea Abernathy versus the privileged sons of her benefactress. And the list goes on: wild versus duty-bound, prim and proper versus the town scandal… Even Sedgwick and Hugh’s parents are a play of contrasts. You have the terribly clever Lady Whitby alongside the adorable but hapless Lord Whitby. Best of all, Rea herself is a contrast all on her own, but I can’t tell you how or why without SPOILERS. (Cringes). Don’t hate me, just go read the book!
Truly, it was rather fun to see how the different personalities clashed and played off of each other.
Most importantly, however, Curse and Consequence is a story about consequences.
No action is without its corresponding reaction. The curse itself is tightly bound into the actions and thoughts of the characters, but again I can’t say much on that without SPOILERS. I can say, however, that because of the personality conflicts…breaking the curse becomes extremely difficult for our poor characters.
“Actions have consequences.”
This is something my husband says to our two-and-a-half-year-old all the time. I hope she understands what it means someday. Right now, it just means if you don’t eat your dinner, you go without dessert. Which isn’t incorrect, although her understanding may be a little basic for the important life lesson he’s trying to teach her.
So what “moral” did I want my readers to glean from this hilarious tale of contrasting characters and the many consequences they face from their words and choices? If you take anything from this book, I hope you stop to consider your actions the next time you feel inclined to make a hasty decision. Try to be a little more patient who those who may have annoyingly different personalities from you because you may not know what they are truly struggling with, what secret pains or fears may drive their decisions.
And just don’t make deals with faeries.
It never ends well.
- What deals have you made with faeries lately?
- How do you consider the consequences of your actions?
- What stories deal with consequences well?