I have heard it said many times that novelists should not shift point of views back and forth between characters within the same chapter.
Well, guess what? In my new novel Love vs Honour, I do exactly that.
To be fair, this advice is often good to adhere to, as jumping in between character points of view can be very confusing. But as long as it is done in an organic and above all coherent manner, there can be exceptions to this rule.
For example, Tolkien does this quite a bit in The Lord of the Rings. More recently, JK Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith) does this in her detective novel The Silkworm.
I made the decision to defy conventional wisdom because I wanted the two protagonists of the main narrative in Love vs Honour to have equal weight. It simply didn’t make sense for the reader to only be in one of their heads for the duration of any given chapter. Once the novel is released (see pre-order link below) readers can decide whether or not I was successful.
Here is the blurb from the back of Love vs Honour:
Two Religions. Two Deceptions. One Love.
When Johnny meets and falls in love with Sabina, their bond proves stronger than a teenage holiday fling.
Fearing the disapproval of their strict Christian and Islamic families, they undertake an elaborate deception to continue seeing one another. Johnny pretends to convert to Islam whilst Sabina pretends to covert to Christianity to appease their parents.
But how long can this deception last before it unravels?
Love vs Honour is released on the 31st May on Kindle.
Print copies will be available from the 7th of June.