I get asked this question a lot – what inspires you to write? So many things. At a very basic level, it’s simply inside of me. I have an insatiable need to reach others through the written word and to weave intricate storylines, so it only seems natural that writing novels is something I devote a lot of my spare time to. But it is a little bit more than something that just feels “natural”. At the very heart of it, I’m in love with this art form.
To be a bit more specific about my inspirations, book ideas come to me in many ways. My first series, The Alyx Rayer Chronicles, came to me in a daydream. (I should also note that this is the story that propelled me into author-hood.) The daydream then took on a life of its own and before I knew it, I had an entire storyline mapped out.
Another book I’m working on is based on an actual dream. It has more of a sci-fi flare and is for adults. I also have a YA spin-off in the works as well, and it stems from the Alyx Rayer Chronicles. My inspiration came from wondering what was next for one of my characters.
So in short, many things inspire new book ideas everyday – a dream, a daydream, my wondering mind. And it doesn’t stop there. Inside each of my stories, the worlds and characters I build are a mish-mash of my own experiences. I draw from places I’ve been or people I’ve met or observed. It’s too difficult to pigeonhole in one sentence – or even one paragraph – what “inspires” me. I suppose it’s a little bit of everything with a whole lot of creativity and passion mixed in.
Alyx Rayer’s existence in Atlanta, the eternally bustling capital of Georgia, is one of routine and blending in among the worker bees. But her ‘normal’ life is actually a façade for a higher calling; she’s a three hundred year old soul, encased in a human vessel and sent from the darkness between heaven and Earth to capture her Marked when summoned by her superiors.
During the initial, routine stake-out of her Marked, a dream prophet named Isaac Walsh, Alyx is thrown for an emotional loop when his allure captivates her heart from two rooftops away. The event marks the very instance when her sense of what’s right and what’s wrong is brutally challenged as her contact with him is strictly forbidden.
While already trapped between honor and desire, her emotional struggles are further challenged by a man in a black suit who continually pops up when she least expects it, his presence evoking a strange response from the scar she was branded with at birth. The scar tingles like a warning beacon, alerting her that something is amiss. Because her superiors never told her what this would mean, or much of anything except what to do when they summon, she can only conclude to try and keep her sanity, and her life, from completely shattering to pieces.
This engaging first book of the series is a Paranormal Romance novel interlaced with twists, turns, and thrilling suspense that is sure to satisfy readers of any genre.
CHAPTER 11: Marked for Vengeance, The Alyx Rayer Chronicles
Isaac zipped the bag closed and rounded the corner to the kitchen, snatching the butcher knife from the counter on his way to the door. When he emerged from behind the cabinets, he halted. Alyx stood in the middle of the living room between the staircase and the sofa, staring through the broken door.
“Where’s my son, bitch!” he barked. Seeing her there was of no surprise to him now, he had almost expected her to show up.
At the sound of his voice, she spun around. He dropped his bag, pointing the knife in her direction to show that he meant business, her frightening appearance not deterring him in the least. Because she had occupied his dreams for so long, this didn’t seem any different.
Her dark, polished eyes studied him intently as her body positioned into a careful stance, like a lioness sizing her opponent – or her prey – anticipating her next move. Fairly certain that his face didn’t reveal it, he now felt hunted and vulnerable. “Hello again, Isaac,” she said with a caginess to her voice that harmonized with her posture.
The feral tone in her words almost unraveled him. “Do you know where my son is?” he asked again, and hoped she hadn’t noticed the crack in his voice.
Her eyebrows pinched together as she searched the flat, his question taking her by surprise. “Your son?”
“Yes, I have a son! Don’t play around with me,” he said, waving the blade violently through the air.
“Why would I know?”
“Well don’t you?!”
Her brows pinched tighter. “I wasn’t aware you had one.”
Oh I’m sure.
She placed one foot in front of the other, carrying her smoothly in his direction, reminding him again of a feline.“Do you know who I am?”
He jutted the knife toward her. “I know that you look like a demon and that your name is Alyx. Is that even your name?”
“Yes,” she said calmly. “But do you know why I’m here?”
She took another indulgent step, and Isaac lunged forward. “I will use this, I’m not playin’ around!”
She fought an amused smile and held up her hands. “I don’t think that will be of much use to you.”
“All I want is my son, so if you can’t help me with that you need to get out of my way,” he said, grabbing the bag he had dropped, and marched for the door.
“You don’t want to do that,” she warned as she moved into his path.
He stepped around her. “Watch me.”
“No, you don’t understand… you don’t want to do that!” she shouted desperately.
He had almost made it there when she gripped his upper arm, pulling him back with the strength of a man three times her size. Clang! The power behind her quick grasping had launched the blade into the wall and onto the concrete floor. He hollered under the vice of her death grip and dropped to his knees.
“Oh, Isaac, I’m so sorry!” she cried and released her hold. “I didn’t mean to hurt you. I don’t know my own strength yet.”
He rubbed his throbbing arm as he stood, and when he glared at her, a burning remorse showed in her eyes. She told the truth, his pain upset her. “You care that you hurt me?”
“It was a reaction. I’m sorry.”
Isaac’s anger slowly withered away. Maybe he should listen to what she had to say. After all, if she had come to harm him, she wouldn’t be upset over his pain.
BIOGRAPHY: S.J. PIERCE
S.J. Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy novels as an indie author. Even though her full-time career has nothing to do with books at all, she has always enjoyed complex story telling with fascinating characters, and has had a penchant for the written word since grade school. As a matter of fact, her only publishing credit to date was a poem she wrote at the age of twelve. Why her love for writing never translated into a career, she can only attribute to ‘life happens’, but her wish is that she can redirect her career path into something that satisfies her creative inner-self.
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