Well, it’s not a national holiday, but I’m embarrassed to say I am TIVOing Idol so I don’t miss a thing. But that’s still not why I’m so excited. SEDUCED BY DARKNESS will be shipping to readers and bookstores today!
So, now that my book will be arriving at bookstores and in the mail to my more modest readers, I can start the next round of “Will they like it?” Writers are notoriously insecure. We live and die by reviews and readers letters, because the actual measure of our success – SALES – won’t be available for months and sometimes years.
For those of you who don’t know me, it might be because my books are shelved with the “naughty” romances–sometimes with the romance books, but in a restrictive shelf high out of reach and sight of little ones; sometimes in the erotica section with the tantric sex and Kama Sutra books; and sometimes, strangely, in the zoology section. Which makes it tough for readers who would like to browse on their own rather than approach the help desk with red cheeks to ask where it’s shelved.
I’m hoping they are already hooked on the series and dying for the second book. Yes, it’s another vampire book–BUT, it’s not the same-O, same-O–it’s hotter, scarier, and full of twists and turns. Yes, it’s set in New Orleans–BUT in the aftermath of a “great storm,” which will remain unnamed.
My Dark Realm series began in my mind long before Hurricane Katrina hit. I’d read a newspaper article about some minor flooding around New Orleans that lifted coffins in graveyards and left them and their occupants strewn along river banks. A very creepy concept, but so tantalizing to my devious mind, I filed it away.
When I decided to write the series, I pulled out that article, and a stack of books covering subjects like demonology, Sumerian mythology, and Templar Knight lore and constructed a history for my otherworld that is still unfolding in book #2, Seduced by Darkness. I’m really not very methodical about how I plot or write, but I let my research spark ideas, then pluck what I want from the source material, and twist it up a bit. I started submitting the book to agents, but oddly didn’t get any bites until Katrina. I guess it really is all in the timing.
The second Dark Realm book is tightly interconnected with the first, INTO THE DARKNESS. I’ve written several series and don’t know any other way to write in my other worlds without having the characters interact and work together toward a common goal. Writing series gives me chance to flesh out those intriguing secondary characters, uncover new layers in events that unfold, and give another perspective on “the battle.” That’s not saying, you couldn’t read one of the books on its own and be fully satisfied. I’m very careful to plant previous plot threads throughout. Of course, again, not in a methodical way. It just happens.