Wish You Were Here—Themes
Although in some of my stories the themes only become apparent after completion of the first draft, with Wish You Were Here they filled my mind right from the start and became one of the driving forces for both the plot and character arcs.
Loss and longing are states we all experience at some point in our lives, and Bobby and Oakley find themselves caught in their grip at the start of the tale. However, by the end, I can promise readers a more hopeful outlook.
Another theme in Wish You Were Here is the idea of normality versus difference. Oakley and Bobby each have their reasons for feeling like outsiders, and they both have to learn to see past that and accept themselves for who they are if they want to move forward. I hope that their story resonates with readers since this is something many of us face at one time or another.
The death of Oakley’s sister has left his family broken and buried beneath their grief. In an attempt to get out from underneath their pain, they rent an isolated cottage in the Cotswolds. For Oakley, it’s an exercise in futility. He doesn’t see much hope for things to get back to the way they used to be, and he’s bored and restless as he waits out the time until he can return to the city and university. All of that changes when he meets local boy Bobby, and the connection between them is instant. Within a few days, Oakley is ready to walk away from everything to stay with Bobby. However, Bobby has problems of his own, and they might be more than the budding romance can survive. But they might also give Oakley a new perspective on his own situation.
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Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.
Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!
As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.
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