The Inspiration Behind Sela
Sela is all sunshine and flowers.
A blue sky and a sunlit sea.
She represents the beauty of nature,
and perhaps even our wildest dreams.
- Peter Gray
Sela is by far my most favourite character! When I was writing the novel "The Tragic Tale of Teddy Woven," I wanted the main characters relationship to replicate Hades and Persephone. For Teddy to revel in the darkness until Sela steps under the doorway of his house and lets the sunshine in.
I have heard complaints that "The Tragic Tale of Teddy Woven," isn't a tragedy and that I am leading the readers astray. To me this story is a tragedy, but once Sela enters the picture it changes Teddy's life for the better. That is the moral of the story! That love can conquer all! Love can shine through the darkest caverns and rejuvenate the heart so that it can beat once more. Teddy described Sela as a "breath of fresh air." He finds a sense of relief when in her presence, it is more than just a physical attraction towards her, but a deep feeling of finding something akin to a soul mate. Sela is emphatic, caring and has a natural positive air about her. Does she have faults? Yes, of course! At times she lets Teddy walk all over her, but at the same time she knows when to draw the line. She ignores his ill temper because she knows that she is not the true cause of it, rather it has something to do with the house that holds all of these dark secrets.
Teddy is caring around wounds, a world of heartache that he is reluctant to share with others. He bottles up his emotions, locks himself in his house, pretends that the past still does not haunt him. When Sela stepped into his life he had to face his demons, but he did it willingly because he wanted to begin a relationship with her. Teddy wants to share his life with her, even though he is not entirely aware of it until the end of the novel. Teddy loves Sela, it just takes time for him to wrap his head around the idea of letting someone close to his heart.
"The Tragic Tale of Teddy Woven" is a love story, it is just not a typical one. It has an air of mystery and suspense, but at the very core of the story it is easy to see that it is a love story between two characters that desperately need each other. I am proud of my accomplishment of writing and publishing this story, but more importantly sharing it with all of you.
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