I often get asked about the worlds I create in my stories. Now, honestly, I never considered them worlds because I always equated that word with High Fantasy novels. You know, they literally have to create worlds.
But as I started getting into the whole writing thing and learning the different terminology, I realized I, too, was creating worlds.
Just alterations of contemporary times versus totally constructed worlds.
And I loved it!
In Wasteland we’re introduced to David—a half-demon who had been stuck in his own world (sensory deprivation for 250 years—OUCH!) and thrown into the 21st century without a clue as to what had changed over the centuries.
And of course he meets a girl.
It’s always about a girl, right?
Turns out Beka’s a Guardian, though. And demons and Guardians don’t mix too well, in any century.
But there’s just something about her.
The fact that they’re polar opposites, and he can’t be with a woman without losing what’s left of his humanity, is even more complicated by the fact that his contracted target is the same person Beka has sworn to protect—with her life!
A fave author of mine, Vicki Pettersson, best put it when she mentioned a question she often thinks while writing (this isn’t verbatim, just a summary): What’s something really bad to put our characters through that we can turn into something really good?
Same with Awaited (Wasteland, #2—releasing in May). Russell meets the woman of his dreams, literally, yet she doesn’t bear the Guardian’s Mark and she’s mute—not to mention touched by darkness.
So, I keep Vicki’s question in mind while I’m writing, creating worlds, and throwing obstacles at my characters. It’s so much fun that I sometimes feel a little bad how I torture these poor characters.
So, who are some of your favorite, tortured characters?
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Bound by the blood contract his human mother signed four centuries ago, half-demon, David Sadler, must obey his demonic Master’s order to capture fifteen-year-old Jessica Hanks. But as he learns more about her, he realizes she may be the key to freedom from his dark enslavement.The only obstacle-Jessica’s distractingly beautiful Guardian, Rebeka Abbott. He must not give in to their steamy chemistry, or he will lose his humanity. But fresh off a quarter millennia of sensory deprivation as punishment for not retrieving his last target, he may not be able to resist temptation long enough to save what’s left of his human soul.
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Awaited- May 2012
The voice is a powerful thing…
Russell Leonard is a centuries-old Guardian who’s lost faith in his purpose. So when he’s charged with procuring the first female Guardian in over two centuries, he can only hope it’s the red-headed beauty who’s been haunting his dreams for months. And if it is, he intends to claim her as his. But when he finds his dream woman, Annabelle is mute and bears no Guardian’s Mark.
He soon realizes she’s been tainted by an ancient evil. Russell must somehow release the secrets trapped within this delicate soul to help her tap into the only weapon powerful enough to silence a millennia-old demon—her voice.
Awaited (Wasteland, #2): coming May 2012: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13247042-awaited
Prelude To Darkness – Novella (Wasteland .5)- May 2012
For a slave, hope is a dangerous thing.
Margaret Rousseau dreams of freedom from a life of servitude. When a mysterious woman saunters into the servants’ tavern promising the impossible, Margaret dares to hope she could win the heart of the one man she has secretly coveted since she first wore a corset…
Margaret desperately grasps for the opportunity to change her bleak destiny by placing faith in a woman who is not as forthcoming as she seems. Blinded to the stranger’s dark motives, Margaret surrenders herself to gain her heart’s desires.
But her choice may bring forth a darkness that could destroy all she holds dear.
Prelude to Darkness (Wasteland, # .5): coming May 2012 http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13504207-prelude-to-darkness
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