15 June, 2020

#SpecialFeature :: #GuestPost - Why I Wrote “The Colour of Your Voice” by @DanielNewwyn

*** Special Feature - June 2020***

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What happens when a call girl and a death row prisoner fall in love?

Violet Pham can see sounds. The brown chirps of the sparrows dance with the colors of their feathers. The green blobs from her mother weave into her squeaky berates.

She believes she was born to become a painter but after being labeled as a burden by everyone around her, she questions that belief. The colors around the sounds become a curse rather than a gift. With her future unsettled and her family mired in debt, there is only one solution: run away from everything.

That’s when she meets Turner Nguyen. He’s everything she wishes she could be—an iron will and a flint heart. There’s only one thing wrong with him. He’s at the center of gang wars, uses his fists to collect debts, and makes his money off the addiction of others.

Soon, the sound of his words paints Violet’s world with the ugly shade of disaster. Where will they go from here?

'The Color of Your Voice' is a tragic, depressing love story that speaks to the lows of human experience. It deals with themes of self-esteem, desperation, and salvation. If this is your cup of tea, then this book is for you.

Why I Wrote “The Colour of Your Voice”

I came across a story in a newspaper somewhere about the romance between a drug smuggler who got caught and a young woman who would visit him whenever she was allowed to. I think she had said something along the lines of: “You people never bothered to learn whatever backstory he might have had, but only what you made him do. I don’t mind what you say, it doesn’t change my opinion of him.” I thought of how their relationship might have evolved and then wanted to jot it down because that’s what writers do. Incidentally, I was reading an article about a man explaining what it was like to have synaesthesia, then the idea just came to me.

To you, this might just be another fictional story of tragic love, of dealing with mental illness, and of unjust social expectation. But to many people in Vietnam, where depression is often seen as a sign of weakness and women are still treated as sexual objects, this might be their reality. Many Vietnamese, including women, are still holding rather conservative viewpoints regarding gender roles. Women are expected to be obedient, and men are expected to provide. I think many will agree with me that women in Vietnam are expected to walk on a knife’s edge between maintaining traditional standards of beauty and etiquette and a strong work ethic and sacrifice.

Men are lamentable, if you look at it from another angle. The deep-rooted belief systems led us to thinking that men are useless without a meaningful career, and a ‘meaningful career’ would usually be a very narrow selection of different doctors and businessmen disciplines. Oh, how we boost our egos with the partners we can buy, with the money in our account, with a shiny title on our business card. There’s no turning back. We have to be successful, and we have to be happy doing so. They will tell us that depression is a sign of weakness, and weak people die off, and that’s natural selection. But we just fail to realise we’re just another pitiful prey in the system, a system that’s designed for us to play our pre-assigned roles.

The question is: are all of this… okay? Is it better for men and women to be bound to ideologies that have existed for hundreds of years? Maybe that’s something we should think about.

About the Author:
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Daniel Newwyn is an aspiring writer, a professional eSports gamer, and a translator. His works in Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller, and Humor have won a number of online awards, and are listed among the promising Undiscovered Writers of Wattpad. As of current, he is the chief content producer of insightful eSport contents such as Hearthstone Rankstar Wild Report. Daniel earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Sydney, and is on his way to complete his PhD in Psychology.

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