February 8, 2013

Guest Post - Dance Of Shadows: Sisterly Love


Blog Tour - Dance Of Shadows

Sisterly Love
Guest Post by
Yelena Black

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Sisterly Love
There is nothing like the relationship between siblings. They can be incredibly close, or completely distant. Your sister or brother can be your best friend, or even your worst enemy. (I’m thinking specifically of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? or even, to a slightly lesser extent, the character of Louise and June in Gypsy.)

The bond between siblings is undeniable. Although I don’t have a sister, I do have an older brother … and often times he is my refuge and companion when my parents are acting crazy and I don’t what to do, or when something bad—or extremely wonderful—happens in my life. We have a special connection, and I wanted to write about a character who also had that kind of connection with her older sister. (I.e. explore a happier sibling dynamic than the ones in the above-mentioned films.)

In Dance of Shadows, Vanessa’s older sister Margaret is also a dancer—and she goes missing from the New York Ballet Academy, the very same school that Vanessa is about to attend. For Vanessa, Margaret was the person she always looked up to: she was a caring, kind sister and a talented dancer. She and Margaret were extraordinarily close, so when Margaret disappeared, it broke Vanessa’s heart.

Vanessa doesn’t want to believe that Margaret is dead, and so finding out what happened to her sister gives Vanessa a drive, and raises the stakes for her—she must find out what happened to Margaret because she cares about like her no one else does in the entire world.

In my own life, I have seen friends come and go, relationships begin and end … but family is always there, for better or for worse. This is true in Vanessa’s case as well, and it is why I wanted to include sisters in my story. Vanessa’s love for Margaret is what drives her passion and her sense of curiosity … and I hope it drives yours as well when you read the book!

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To uncover the mystery behind Margaret's disappearance
and discover more diary entries visit the

Dance Of Shadows Facebook page.

To find out more about the book Dance Of Shadows
and its author Yelena Black visit the

Dance Of Shadows Bloomsbury Australia page.


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