I'm really pleased to be taking part in Katie Dale's blog tour for her new book Little White Lies! I'm so exicted because I loved her first YA book Someone Else's Life!! So without further ado, over to Katie! :D
Top Five Secret Identities
I love stories that have characters with secret identities. I’m very interested in the idea of a person living their life pretending to be someone else – for whatever reason – and all the conflicts and difficulties that occur as a result.
How much of you is you, and how much is pretence? Where do you draw the line? Does the pretence ever become a reality? Who might you confide in, if anyone? How could you ever have a meaningful relationship?
I thought it would be interesting to take that concept and give it a contemporary twist of my own, and that’s where the idea for LITTLE WHITE LIES came from, as both Lou and Christian arrive in Sheffield under false identities – but for very different reasons.
Here are some of my favourite secret identities in other books…
It may be slightly cheating to class them all as one, but otherwise this would just be a list of comic-book heroes, as they ALL seem to have secret identities (often with alliterative names too!) My favourites have to be Superman/Clark Kent – imagine having a nosy reporter sniffing around when you’re keeping a secret that big – (actually, Lois was probably subconsciously my inspiration for Vix, an aspiring reporter and Lou’s best friend in Little White Lies) and Batman/Bruce Wayne, because he doesn’t actually have any powers but still manages to be a superhero in his own way.
From heroes to antiheroes, everyone’s favourite serial killer keeps us poised on a knife edge has he juggles his role as a blood-spatter analyst with his secret homicidal tendencies – but he’s been dropping balls lately – when are they all going to come crashing down, and what will happen when they do? Dex has me utterly intrigued and disgusted all at once – how can we sympathise with a killer? How can he keep such a dark secret? I don’t know, but somehow we do, and I find him utterly captivating.
LOOKING FOR JJ by Anne Cassidy is another gripping read narrated by a “villain”, teenage Jennifer Jones aka Alice Tully, who is newly released from prison after killing her friend when she was a child. Cassidy effectively shows us that behind every villifying newspaper headline are real human beings with their own stories to tell, and I found it difficult not to sympathise with JJ, whilst being horrified by the events that led up to that one life-defining moment. It left me with a new perspective and plenty of food for thought long after I turned the last page.
WHEN I WAS JOE by Keren David follows the story of Ty, a teenage boy forced to leave his home, his identity and life as he’s always known it behind after he witnesses a knife crime.
It is a gripping, authentic, contemporary read, and all the more gripping as Ty/Joe himself isn’t always quite what he seems…
Quite different from the others, and yet in his way just as much a superhero in his own right! Raymond Briggs’ book is delightful, quirky and touching as it recounts the difficulties grumpy Father Christmas faces just trying to get a bit of R&R. But how can you expect to be left in peace when you’re the most famous man on the planet…?
So these are my top 5 secret identities – what are yours…?
This was brilliant, Katie!! Thank you so much! I love anything undercover - AKA, police shows on TV. But I really love the secret identity demon hunters have - Buffy, the Charmed Ones, Shadowhunters... I just think it's so cool!! :D But I must say, I do have a fondness for superheroes. ;)
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