The United Inspirations SPOILER EDITION PART 2!
Last week I talked about detailed inspirations for The United, well today I would like to continue in that conversation and discuss a couple inspirations about specific situations, hence the SPOILER EDITION PART 2 added to the title of the blog post.
WHY ARCTYRUS IS NOT IN THE UNITED
During the time of The United, Arctyrus and Amyrith Hunter had 1 job, keep their little brother Vulktyramous from interfering and killing TJ and his friends.
PHYSICAL INTIMACY AND WHY I PORTRAYED IT THE WAY I DID
The inspiration for this was simple, I wanted TJ and LyAnn to have the type of relationship with their parents that I wish I had as a teenager. I don’t mean to say anything negative about my parents, so I will stick to just the positive on this subject. Physical intimacy in any form, but especially in regards to sex, was a topic I never discussed with my parents at all, ever. I felt it was taboo and even if it was not taboo, I was too embarrassed and too naïve to know what to ask. So I came at the topic from a few different angles.
Was the way I dealt with premarital intimacy over-kill and preachy? Possibly, especially in the earliest published drafts.
This is a bit of funny story, but Amanda Adams was not in any of original drafts. Her involvement in The United came about one day when I was thinking about the story, and I daydreamed or dreamed (I forget which) that a petite redhead with blue eyes came up to me, hands on her hips, and said something to the effect that, “You cannot tell this story without me. I’m Amanda Adams, Blaze’s wife.” And she relayed to me her history and how it fit into the story.
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