I don’t know about you, but I want everything! I want action, suspense, and humor. I want a fast-paced thrill ride that’s familiar but different. I want to read a book, enter that world, enjoy the characters so much that I called them friends, and wish the book never ended, so I can live in that book.
I know, call me crazy, but I’d prefer to live in the fictional worlds of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, Lost…and so many others, than live in the real world. It’s more exciting that way. It’s more fun!
I’d love to spend some time in the backseat of the black Impala as the Winchester Boys from Supernatural bicker like a romantic couple, only to remind them that, “Hey, we’ve got some demons to kill, so can you wrap up your flirty little lovefest?”
But those types of books are tough to find nowadays. And since my TV favorite shows don’t have new episodes every week, I decided to write what I wanted to read, so I can live in that world as long as I wanted.
In this case, I wouldn’t be bound by actors who didn’t want to continue playing the same character for too many years. I wouldn’t have to worry about production costs. I wouldn’t have to worry about the summer hiatus either. I could enter that world…every time I sat down at a computer.
And it was so much fun to create my first urban fantasy novel, Nightwish. I’ve loved paranormal movies and television shows for decades. But I was intimidated by the prospect of thinking that I couldn’t write anything on par with my favorite shows, movies, and books.
I was wrong. You know why?
In almost every movie, TV show, or paranormal/urban fantasy novel, the world the main character inhabits is already populated with the paranormal. But what if…
…what if demons, vampires, witches, etc. didn’t exist? What would that world look like? That’s what I worked on. I came up with a backstory going back to the Salem Witch Trials to explain that these creatures did exist…until they didn’t. Confused? I don’t blame you!
As much as I love my fantasy novels, I always thought it was odd that no one else knew about the creatures in the world. It’s just impossible, right? How could no one ever see a vampire…and tells someone on social media? It’s ridiculous, really!
So that was where I started. Trying to make the fantasy angle possible. That said, when Nightwish begins, a handful of witches, a demon, and a vampire do exist. But you have to start someone.
That’s the world that Serena Sykes enters. And that’s the world she’s doomed to live in. After I wrote the first chapter, I found her voice: a witty, sarcastic, yet kind-hearted woman who didn’t take life too seriously.
I consider her as a very close friend. I look forward to hanging out with her for years to come. And I hope you do too!