Lorna is the second of my two main protagonists, and she serves as the story’s narrator.
Whilst the novel is named after Monkey Arkwright, the boy who loves to climb, Lorna’s part in the unfolding drama is equally important. Whilst I could have chosen a best friend for Monkey to share the plot with, a boy his own age, I felt drawn to the idea of one boy and one girl.
Now let’s get one thing straight; if you are expecting a romance in the style of Twilight, or countless other books from the same genre, then you’re looking in the wrong place. As Obi-Wan Kenobi might say (whilst waving his hand in a half circle): You don’t need to see any more romance. Move along. I’d like to think that there’s plenty of heart in my book; plenty of feeling and emotion, but there’s certainly no romance. And no vampires.
So, with that clarification out of the way, let’s talk a little more about Lorna. At the start of the book, she’s in a dark place. I’m not giving much away by saying this, because it says in my blurb that she’s struggling to come to terms with the death of her father, and I would imagine that at fifteen, that’s a really tough place to be. She’s looking for some meaning in her life; something to focus on to help pull her back towards normality. When she meets Monkey, who promises to show her something worth writing about, this kindles a spark. You see, Lorna is a budding writer, so this sets up the story nicely.
I thought that rather than having Monkey as the narrator, it would be interesting to see the story through somebody else’s eyes. By having Lorna tell the story, it also gives me license to use a higher level of prose than you might expect from a fifteen-year-old. Thanks Lorna, you solved a potential problem for me there!
So, as well as bringing a valuable emotional side to the book, Lorna balances out the story nicely in more ways than one; she’s the studious sensible one, whilst Monkey is more spontaneous. One girl, one boy. One thinker, one action man. Just don’t expect any romance. At least not yet.