by Alyssa Thiessen
Publication Date: February 6, 2016
Publisher: Peasantry Press
Eighteen-year-old Joshua Miller is great at being invisible, despite the four, large, insect-like wings protruding from his back and his knack for high-rise robberies. He can remember almost nothing of his life before Nik found him and taught him his trade. Now he’s alone, and he likes it that way.
When Joshua unexpectedly meets Lexi on a job, his simple, uncomplicated existence shifts. Although he intends to remain uninvolved, something about her captivates him and he begins to let her in. As he navigates the strange nuances of a relationship with a girl as desperate to be different as he is to be ordinary, he becomes increasingly aware that he is not who he wants to be for her. Confronted by the past he’d forgotten and a family he didn’t know existed, Joshua must decide for himself where he belongs and who holds the key to his future.
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I wrote Dragonfly to tell the familiar story of a person who feels isolated and alone, trapped by circumstances, by choices, and by regret, and who is eventually changed through love. But I hope I tell it in a different way.
My protagonist, Joshua, is a character I’ve known for years. I created him when I was a teen, and back then, he was much more inherently heroic than he is in the final novel. But I love him how exists today; flawed, conflicted, trying.
Joshua, who has Dragonfly-like wings and very little memories of his childhood, makes his living from observing the world around him and stealing from unsuspecting marks. His callousness has been created and encouraged by his mentor, but he continues living that way by choice. When he meets Lexi, he realizes that even though he can’t see a future with her, he’s no longer okay with being the man he has chosen to be. She changes the way he sees the world, and through that, the way he sees himself.
There are other things that happen in the story, of course. Some action, some angst, some surprises, and an unexpected journey. But at its heart, Dragonfly is Joshua’s love story – and not necessarily just the romantic kind.
Personally, I identify with Joshua’s longing to be better, to be forgiven, to be somehow deserving. And I also know, like I think my characters do, that the answer Is ultimately found through love.
Over all, it is my hope that readers who embark on Joshua’s journey with him enjoy the ride. Happy reading, from this traveller.
Alyssa Thiessen, author
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I led the way to the window and then turned, my back against the wall, with her standing just inches from me. I wondered what her lips would taste like. I’d called her innocent and naïve, but I’d never even kissed anyone before. I got the distinct impression she wouldn’t object. Instead though, I simply nodded and turned to leave.
“Are you really going to call me this time?” she asked.
“Of course.” As I disappeared into the darkness, I knew that should be the last lie I’d ever tell her.
When she's not donning her secret identity and saving the world, Thiessen keeps busy writing her next novel, reading something beautiful, teaching high school English, drinking coffee, cycling, and hanging out with her family - husband, kiddies, and miniature schnauzer.
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