Learn about Madyson Blair's series of novels, The Weather Inside.
'The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.'
THE WEATHER INSIDE is:
My life's work—a seven book series that’s been brewing in my head for well over a decade, now. With the first two book out of the womb (and the third one well on its way) I’m finally ready to share this story with the world.
THE GENRE AND THEMES:
So what is The Weather Inside really about?
I have often been asked the dreaded question: ‘What genre is it?’ to which I usually respond: ‘Magical realism with a surrealistic twist.’ The truth is that it’s difficult for me to pinpoint a precise genre because it seems as though my story is in a genre of its own. I could call it psychological, mythological, philosophical, mystical, phantasmagorical, spiritual, esoteric, etc. Still, none of these words fully describe the true nature of the tale. Thematically, my story is about duality, the mysteries of ancient knowledge, the balance of the opposites, the eternal return of light into dark and dark into light, the divine feminine and masculine, life, death, rebirth. Sounds a bit intimidating, I know—but all of those fancy categorical words and phrases aside, my series is fun to read. I’ve been told as much. It’s full of adventure, humour/wit, imaginative landscapes, romance, decadence and colourfully unforgettable characters. As for the writing style, I have studied the craft intensely since I was eleven years old. Quality is guaranteed. To see for yourself, read the first ten pages here for free.
The first little 'oddity' about my series is that the protagonist is the antagonist. In other words, my villain is the central character. The whole story ultimately tells of his birth, life and death, beginning with his ascent toward an unattainable ideal and descent into chaotic corruption. An important overarching truth about Alastair is that he is both a human and a god. Because of his power and voraciousness, Alastair’s mother, Helena, is unable to live whilst carrying him in her womb. She passes away before she is able to give birth, but Alastair sustains his life within her for seven days before a group of hunters uncover the body and cut the miraculous infant free. When Alastair cries, he brings the rain and is immediately worshiped as a god (that many have been very secretly awaiting...)
Thus, little King Alastair grows up terribly spoiled yet eternally unsatisfied. The one thing he wants in life is the one thing that he cannot have—a mother to love him unconditionally. Whilst searching for the perfect woman, however, Alastair meets an imperfect woman named Iris who will change him from one lifetime to the next. But the eternal question remians: is Alastair a man wearing the mask of a god, or a god wearing the mask of a man?
What occurs in the remaining seven books I will keep a mystery for now. The Weather Inside may be a story, a book series, a bunch of words—yet more than these things, it is an experience to be savoured and endured. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it!