Updated: May 4
Noah is, if I may make a comparison, my very own Harry Potter. Because the world of The Fallen is so large, Noah needs to guide us and finds wonder in things that would otherwise be mundane and uninteresting to those who call that world their everyday abode.
Much of Noah's character is drawn from my experiences, particularly in the book's early stages. Growing up in Colorado, nature and the great outdoors played an enormous role in shaping me. Yet, spending much of my time in the mountains has led me to crave the bustling energy of big cities as an adult. Now living in New York City, I relish the non-stop action of the city, but watching movies or television set in the west still evokes memories of the dirt on the plains or the scent of trees on the mountains.
Noah's dual nature is crucial to his character development, as he experiences life in the mountains and is suddenly transported thousands of years into the future to a bustling city. He is not only living a life between nature and urbanity, but also in time itself.
Noah lives a double life in terms of spirituality. Without revealing too much, he knows that he has a specific role to play as a Host but strives to become a force for good, despite the expectation for him to bring about evil.
These dual natures fascinate me as I delve deeper into the rewriting of the book. When I was younger, I failed to grasp the concept thoroughly and only wrote Noah as a character who observes the world around him. However, as I grow older, I understand how much more significant our role is in our existence. It is this understanding that we are the potter and not the clay that I hope to bring to the surface with this next revision.