How’d you think of that?
Lynda, thanks so much for having me. I’m looking forward to getting to know some of your bog followers.
Write what you know. Be sure to research every aspect so you build a thoughtful world with no gaps. Make sure your story is different from what’s already out there. End with a happily ever after or happy for now.
So much advice. So many rules. What’s a new writer to do? Listen, follow a little bit of anything that seems like it will work and then do your own thing.
The next question you hear is where did that idea come from.
It’s a good question with a fairly elusive answer. Every book starts with an idea or a scene or a character that comes to the writer but nailing down the origin of the entire book’s concept is often challenging for writers. In my case the final product came from several places.
Firstly, I’ve been a vampire fan since I was a teenager and after an eight-week stint of reading seventeen vampire books I was completely submerged in the vampire idea. This happened at Christmastime so the Christmas party scene and another scene (subsequently cut from the book) at a shopping mall came to me first.
Somehow out of nowhere the concept of the heroine, Lucia, being reincarnated came to me. I’m fairly certain she just told me she was repeatedly reincarnated to find Vittorio, her vampire husband. It would have been lovely, if she’d told me everything!
That was really all I had for the first couple years. I wrote their adventure and knew something was missing, but what? I couldn’t figure it out. The last part of my story was crucial and yet unknown.
I was at RWA National in Florida at the FFnP Dinner with Ella Drake, Jax Cassidy, and Chudney where they sat with me, brainstorming. They had all sorts of ideas, but nothing that really hit home. However, the ideas were churning, round and round. When I got home from conference, it hit me. Finally.
Lucia is repeatedly reincarnated to find Vittorio not simply because she loves him, but more because she’s a divine vampire slayer, a Pharo of Redemption, sent to kill him and bring his soul to The Light.
Ah-ha! In three short months I re-wrote the entire book, weaving in all the intricacies of this new layer of conflict.
Building my world was easier for me than for sci-fi writers. My story unfolds in modern day New England with memories of a lifetime in 1600s Italy. The one portion of the world I did have to build was The Abyss, sort of a purgatory like place souls must cross through in order to get to The Light.
My influence for this was a recurrent nightmare I had as a kid. I dreamt of a black place where the concept of depth and distance or really any spatial relationships was non-existent. At times it felt like the blackness was closing in and at other times it felt infinitely huge. It was an abyss, perfect for my story.
The idea of vampires having damned souls and someone being sent to help them return to The Light comes from my Catholic upbringing. Could there be anything worse than an eternity in hell? Personally, I don’t think so.
Everyday life, from dreams to religion to festivities to helpful colleagues influences every decision a writer makes. It’s just remembering to be open to the influences and willing to receive the messages, then figure out what to do with them!
Tell me about the books you’ve read where the concepts or worlds most intrigued you. What was so interesting and why?
Fate is cruel. Especially when the one you’ve sworn to love for all eternity, the very soul who changed your destiny is the last person you should trust.
After more than three hundred years of running, Lucia Dicomano must make a choice.
Forced to take her place as a Pharo of Redemption, the divine slayer needs to master her forgotten powers. Lucia turns to Vittorio, the one vampire she’s failed to deliver from eternal damnation. But overcoming smoldering remnants of love, lust and anger aren’t their only obstacles.
Samuel, who may know Lucia better than she knows herself, hunts her with a fervor stoked by a thousand years of vengeful hatred. His plan—capture and enslave the weakened Pharo then take control of her elusive power.
Can Lucia trust Vittorio long enough to reclaim her powers? Or will she have no choice but to kill him and battle Samuel alone?
After trying her hand at many, many things- from crafting and art classes to cooking and sewing classes to running her own handbag business, Jordan finally figured out how to channel her creativity. With an active imagination and a little encouragement from her husband she sat down and began to write, each night clicking away at the keys with her black Labrador, Dino curled up under the desk.
A few short years later she’s entered the publishing arena with no plans to ever turn back.
Jordan’s a member of Rhode Island Romance Writers, as well as RWA National, and the New England (NEC), Connecticut, and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal (FFnP) Chapters.
Her first book, Perpetual Light, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, kobo, and All Romance Ebooks from Crescent Moon Press.
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Perpetual-Light-ebook/dp/B007COSXB0/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1330177727&sr=1-3
Barnes and Noble Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/perpetual-light-jordankrose/1109252447?ean=9781937254063&itm=1&usri=perpetual+light+jordan+rose
All Romance eBooks link: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html
Find Jordan on her website at www.jordankrose.com.
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-- Lynda Again
Interesting concept for a book. Sounds like another one to put on my TBB list.
Hope you all have a Blessed Day!