The title makes it sound like this is a main character smack-down. But it's not. It's about leaving someone behind...and learning someone new.
The Dead and Buried was the first book I wrote after Clarity
and Perception. (The Sleuth or Dare books, even though they came out first, were
actually written after The Dead and Buried). In my first draft, I had a hard
time letting Clare’s voice go. Jade would slip into Clare now and then, and I had to get a handle on how to make Jade's voice her very own. So, to fix it, I intentionally made Jade very
different from Clare.
And I’m not talking just superficially. Yes, they look
different. Have different families (and troubles). Have different interests.
But I’m talking more about who they are inside.
When we meet Clare at the start of Clarity, she’s already
strong. She’s snarky, tough, and defensive (because she has to be). When we
meet Jade, she’s extremely non-confrontational and more, um, kind. (I feel bad,
like I’m calling Clare unkind. She’s not. She’s just…Clare.) They’re both funny.
Though Clare’s humor is often at the expense of others while Jade’s is more
self-deprecating. But the biggest difference to me, is that while Clare is
brave from the start, Jade has to become brave.
And what do they have in common? They both have family that
they will do anything to protect.
Once I found Jade’s voice, I loved her, and she became real
to me. I miss Clare. I always will. But the two of them have become my children
in that I love them equally.
And I hope you will too!
I can’t wait for you to meet Jade. She’s waiting…not long