What defines us? What makes us who we are? Is it our appearance? Our personality? Our family? Our past? Our education? Our memories? Or is it a combination of all of these?
What if someone took one of those things away from you? How would you feel? Incomplete?
What if someone changed your appearance without your permission or knowledge? It would take away part of your identity and sense of self.
I explored this in my novel, Tamisan. The main character’s consciousness was transferred into another body, and the body wasn’t even human. She had to deal with the identity issues, as well as the fact that the alien body could breathe above and below the water and had psychic abilities.
Her escape into the dangerous jungle adds more peril, and then her adventure really begins. There are a number of characters in the book that treat her as an object instead of a person. Is it just because of her appearance? Is a pretty face all anyone cares about?
And, of course, there is the issue of slavery. What kind of person makes another person a slave?
* Tamisan is available now through Amazon on Kindle and paperback.