Hello and Greetings, thanks for having me on the blog!
Fur and fangs blend with the paranormal like peas and carrots. So do full-moons and sunrises. So what’s an author to do when he or she gets the yen to create something unique that stands apart from the rest? Most of the good stuff has already been done before, and creating your own little niche isn’t as easy as it seems.
When I decided to write a darker urban fantasy, I knew two things – the vampires would be as killable and “normal” as possible. That’s not to say they’re not stronger, faster, or deadlier, but rather, I didn’t bolster them with a multitude of abilities. I decided early on that each would be granted some special power upon their change versus allowing them to shape shift, turn into mist, or manipulate thinking by design. I wanted them to be dangerous, but let’s face it, when aided by the talents they already possess, what mortal man or woman really stands a chance?
Some vampire fans probably won’t care for the idea, as they prefer a Christine Feehan Carpathian style immortal, and believe me, I get it. In my Desires of the Otherworld series vampires have access to more abilities. However, for the urban fantasy genre, I truly felt I had to give my heroine some kind of leg to stand on. She had to be strong in her own right, even if notably vulnerable in relation to her undead counterparts, which consequently, brought me to an entirely new set of issues.
We’ve seen necromancers in stories past, and I wanted Rhiannon to be different. For all extents and purposes, she’s a normal woman who works as a bartender in a strip club. There was nothing extraordinary about her, aside from her tendency to see the spirits of the dead. After agonizing over it, I decided to take the journey as I normally do – as a pantser – and chose to make her entirely ignorant of her abilities, which allowed me the opportunity to discover what she could do just as she did. Fortunately, the puzzle pieces fell into place as I went along with nary a hitch. It was intriguing and exciting, and I daresay, created unique talents for Rhiannon that I’ve never read in any story before.
Which brings me to the inspiration behind what I write.
I love the journey. Uncovering fragments of a treasure map piece by piece, until you finally unveil the big picture. That’s the joy of being a pantser who has a general idea, but otherwise, flies blind. It’s not for everyone, but in my case, it assists in allowing the muse free reign. In my opinion, there is nothing better.
I would love to hear from the rest of you. Do you plot/storyboard? Or do you have an idea, start from scratch, and watch as things unfold? There is no right or wrong, but I love hearing about the experiences of others.
Happy Reading (and writing)!
Jaime AKA J.A. Saare
Thanks so much Jaime for stopping by!
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More About Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in BetweenPURCHASE
One bad corpse can ruin your whole day. No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy.
She’s left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance; she’s managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her – until now.
The deliciously good-looking vampire Disco knows her secret, and when he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, she discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no.
But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn’t their first stroll around the undead block.