The overall theme of the series is believe in yourself and never give up. But I have specific themes for each book as well. In The Amazing Wolf Boy, Cody turns into a wolf while at a fancy Christmas dinner with his parents. He is subsequently banished to live with an uncle he met only once. The theme for that book is rejection. In book two,Werewolf Asylum, he withholds information because of a promise to a friend. That theme is about how some secrets are too dangerous to keep. The third book, Wolfsbane Brew, starts out with the death of a loved one, and the theme of how to deal with death carries through the entire book.
How do you hide a message in a book? I find it helpful to know your theme before you begin. If you write with the message in the back of your mind, your characters will respond accordingly. Think back to when you were a teen. What was important to you then? What message would you impart to the teenager you were? Then write away. No need to spell it out. Your message will hide behind your words.
About Roxanne Smolen
A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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