Here’s a little secret about my next novel, On Satan’s Island. The heroine, Bobbi Woods wears no clothes or covering. But even though she is naked, she is often shrouded by mystery because she possesses uncanny strength, courage, instincts, and faith.
Bobbi’s physical appearance causes our other main characters, who are castaways on an island inhabited by Satan worshippers, difficulty in trusting Bobbi when she becomes their last hope of freedom off the island. At one point, Ivy Davis, one of the castaways asks Bobbi about her nakedness. Here is her response.
Ivy talked with Bobbi some, trying to determine who or what Bobbi is. When Bobbi spoke, she appeared intelligent and civilized. Bobbi’s physical appearance betrays that assessment, though.
Ivy cannot resist the urge any longer, “Why do you not cover yourself?”
“It is to remind me,” Bobbi declares, “of how human I am.”
Bobbi senses this does not satisfy Ivy.
“Adam and Eve covered themselves,” Bobbi explains, “when they realized their nakedness and then hid from God.”
“I know that story,” Ivy returns. “What I know of that story is after that, God covered them?”
“But an animal had to die” Bobbi recalls, “to cover Adam’s and Eve’s shame and guilt.”
“You don’t want to kill an animal?” Ivy wonders. “Is that why you don’t cover yourself?”
“There are no animals on this island,” Bobbi shares. “They have all been sacrificed to Emnohiua – Satan.”
“There was a bird,” Ivy suggests. “Feathers make nice covering.”
“That was no bird,” Bobbi corrects. “It was an imp of Satan in the form of a bird.”
Ivy shutters at that thought which produces a cloud of doubt as to its accuracy. She is uncertain if her doubts are influenced by Rainsford’s suspicions of Bobbi or the sheer mystery of Bobbi.
“Adam and Eve,” Ivy argues, “covered themselves with fig leaves.”
“I will cover myself,” Bobbi declares, “when the island is free of Satan’s stronghold.”
Suddenly, Ivy recollects that Minani, some of the villagers, even children and even Hem are clothed with what appears to be animal skins.
“Wait, Bobbi,” Ivy questions, “If there are no animals, what are the villagers’ clothes made of?”
“It is time for us to go,” Bobbi declares suddenly.
Ivy is bewildered. If not animal skins, with what skins could the villagers be covered? Distracted by the urgency in Bobbi’s voice and actions, Ivy dismisses the possible answer to the question.
Why create a naked main character? I hoped it would add a dash of sensuality. I believe my readers find it entertaining. I want my writing to be enjoyable. I had fun writing in a little steaminess. Her nakedness also adds to her wildness and mystique or at least, this is my intention.
Probably more than any other reason mentioned above, I chose to portray Bobbi Woods naked for the symbolism. The mystery and strangeness that surrounds her also make trusting her challenging for the castaways and hopefully for the reader as well. I wanted to make her young, beautifully naked as well. This was to play with the minds of the readers. Just like the castaways, someone who exposes herself shamelessly is difficult to trust and definitely hard to associate with godliness. It makes it easy for the reader to understand the castaways’ suspicions and doubts about Bobbi.
In the New International Version of the Bible, the word “naked” appears forty-three times. In several instances, it is associated with shame. The most familiar being the Genesis account of the fall referenced in the excerpt above from On Satan’s Island.
The Biblical symbolism associated with nakedness starting with Adam and Eve represents humankind’s condition spiritually. According to some Biblical passages and the foundation of the Gospel message, humanity is void of any righteousness. Adam and Eve, even though living in a perfect world and communing intimately with their Creator, could not trust him or love him enough to believe him about the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
This human spiritual condition is what Bobbi references when she tells Ivy that her choice of nakedness is to remind her of how human she is. She is not perfect. She is not invulnerable. Throughout the novel, the reader will receive glimpses of hers and the castaways’ humanness. Hopefully, their shortcomings will remind us of ours.
I believe it is not harmful to be reminded that we are not perfect and not that different than anyone else, especially when it comes to being right and being righteous. I believe it is most helpful in negating our tendencies for prejudice, misunderstanding, and injustice. A reminder from time to time of our potential for evil as well as good helps us to be kind and just.
I don’t think in our culture that running around naked would be an effective way to remind ourselves, though. The pure, basic fundamentals of the Gospel of Christ naked on the cross taking the punishment for my sins reminds me that without his Spirit, I am without righteousness – capable of harm as I am capable of good.
I write about what I'm thinking or what I've imagined in an effort to regain that childhood imagination and marry with my many years of real experiences. I'm getting better at it the more I write.I am a published author of two romantic intrigue novels.My books can be found at Amazon.com or if you want a personalized copy, by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.