A Protagonist Out of the Pond

In fiction, we’ve all read the theme based on “a fish out of water”. This has always been one of my favorites. Whether Gulliver or Dorothy, or any hero thrust into new world in a quest for justice or self-preservation, we enjoy turning the pages to see how these characters fare. We cheer them toward victory and a positive and/or romantic ending. Instead of a fish out of water, my theme will be a protagonist out of the pond. My upcoming novel with Ellora’s Cave, TORMENTED, deals with such a heroine and her dilemma.


A winsome Boston socialite—Eve Morneau—falls victim to a venomous beetle’s bite. Her healing and sexual awakening are placed in the hands of a New Orleans physician, Charles Galletiére, whose unconventional means of curing her malady lend themselves to unbridled passion and abandonment of her former ways of life. Immortality comes at a cost to the innocent woman, and her Christian soul might be left hanging in the balance.

Eve is left no choice in her new-world matter. Charles claims he is the only one who can save her from death. Time is of essence. If she leaves New Orleans and returns to Boston, her body will not bear the brunt of her injury. But her trust in Charles comes with a price. While she is an educated woman, the lessons she’s taught many are far different than the ones she will learn from the handsome doctor. She is soon dealt the harsh reality that society life as she once knew it might cease to exist. Eve is propelled toward a point of no return. Fascination battles with fear. Temptation spars with timidity. Which will win?

As a writer and reader, I enjoy following the central characters into these uncharted waters. Seeing how they remain afloat. Sharing their emotions as they are thrust into settings and situations beyond their control.

What about you, readers? What is your favorite literary theme?

Wishing you many happy reading moments,

Shawna Moore
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Carol Ericson said...

Shawna, I like the fish out of water theme too. I also like the journey of self-discovery theme. I like the personal battle that becomes something larger than the self, so that the two mirror each other. Great post.

Elen Grey said...

Hey Shawna - I'm partial to the redemption theme. In reality, with an exceptionally written story, any theme is a good theme. :-)

Happy sales, darlin'. Terry's got me thinking about cowboys. lol

ShawnaMoore said...

Hi, Carol!

Glad you enjoyed the post. Many thanks for sharing your opinion, too :)

Happy week wishes,


ShawnaMoore said...

Hi, Elen!

Redemption is another wonderful theme. Actually, I've never met a theme I didn't like :)

Thanks for sharing your views and the positive vibes. One look at Terry's cowboy in the tub, and I'm inspired ;)

Happy week wishes,


Vonda Sinclair said...

I love fish out of water themes, Shawna, and have used it a few times myself. Woman in jeopardy is another one I like. Also reunited lovers.

ShawnaMoore said...

Hi, Vonda!

Thanks for sharing the themes you enjoy reading. Great choices :)

Hope you have a wonderful week :)