Why Write About the Grim Reaper?
by Sophie Bonaste
Hello! My name is Sophie Bonaste and I will be taking over this corner of The Blogger Girls today. So before I go any farther I want to send a big thank you out to the amazing people at The Blogger Girls for letting me come by today.
So today I am here to talk about my latest novella release Death Gets a Boyfriend, which is now available from Dreamspinner Press. And, yes, the title is accurate. It is the story of how the embodiment of Death (aka the Grim Reaper) gets a boyfriend. So, of course, this leads to the natural question.
Why would anyone want to write about Death?
Well, it’s actually not as much of a stretch for me. You see, at my day job, I have a bit of a strange nickname. They call me the Grim Reaper. I am feared at my work. But there are times when I don’t understand why. After all, while I am smart, I only weigh 135 pounds and am only five foot six tall. I am super nice and not scary at all. So why the fear? Why the terrifying nickname?
It got me thinking. If I and my lovable personality are deemed so scary, then why is the Grim Reaper always seen in such a scary way? I understand that death is a scary thing, but sometimes it is a necessary thing. And because of little is known about it, who’s to say that the person doing the killing has to be bad. Maybe he is just stuck with a brutal job like so many of us.
And so my muse was born. Death was no longer a shadowy being in a long black robe carrying a large sickle, but rather a nerd wearing Star Wars T-shirts and blue jeans. He is not some man who hangs in the shadows waiting to cause mayhem and destruction, but rather a small man with a love for human culture and a desire to end the pain that the end can sometimes bring.
In short, Death is portrayed as a human. He has his strengths and he has his weaknesses. Not to mention his many quirks. I am pretty sure that the traditional Grim Reaper doesn’t have a problem rambling every time he opens his mouth. But I can tell you that my Death definitely has that problem.
I think one of the best qualities in my book is the fact that my Death is completely different from any other portrayal of the Grim Reaper. He challenges the idea that Death has to be a scary being. He is just a normal being with an extraordinary power. Which is what makes him special.
I admit that my version of Death may be slightly controversial, but I think he is one of the best characters I have ever written. I want to thank the Blogger Girls once again for letting me show everyone my version of Death. To read more about Death, check out the information on Death Gets a Boyfriend which you can find below. Thanks for reading!!
About Death Gets a Boyfriend
Death is in a lonely business. Since the beginning of time he’s been reaping souls then returning home to his little condo in the sky. It’s not a bad job. There are perks. But Death would kill to meet his soul mate, no pun intended.
Tommy Neilson is the next human slated for death. But when he can see Death, Tommy turns his whole world upside down. Curious, Death seeks Tommy out. The chemistry between the two is immediate and soon an unlikely romance starts to form. While Death may not be lonely anymore, he isn’t allowed to interact with humans. Consequently, he must make a choice: billions of souls or the one that makes being immortal worth it.
Available at: Dreamspinner Press
About Sophie Bonaste
Sophie loves to hear from readers! You can reach her by e-mail at email@example.com, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SophieBonaste or on Facebook as Sophie Bonaste. You can also check out updates on Sophie’s writing and other musings on her website at sophiebonaste.blogspot.com.
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Don’t forget to check out Nikyta’s review of Death Gets a Boyfriend to see what she thought of it!