* Day 14 – Is the sexuality of your characters a large part of your novel’s story? If so, are there characters who deviate from the heterosexual “norm”? In what way?

Sexuality is crucial in my story. When Erik seduces the innocent, naive Freya into his bed, it is a symbol of him slowly unraveling her innocence until she depends on him for her every choice and decision. It is also a way for her to begin suspecting that their relationship isn’t as perfect as it seems, given that he turns the issue around and blames her for their relationship progressing as quickly as it did when she begins to express regret for sleeping with him.

So, yes, sexuality is huge. Even sexual preference plays a small role. Freya’s best friend and only companion, Anne, is basically banished from the village and excommunicated from the church due to her secretly being a lesbian. She is given two options: either confess to the congregation that you have sinned and change it, or every person in this village will boycott your family’s bakery until you are all run out of Boulder Springs. Conservative Freya plays an integral part in hurting Anne enough to send her away, thus leaving Freya without a single person to confide in but Erik.

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