Back in the fall of 2010, I began writing The Vampire's Warden. What pushed me to finally finish writing my first novel? Amanda Hocking. Even if you've read some of her stuff and thought to yourself, "It's not really that great." -- You still have to admit that the girl managed to get into the eBook market at the perfect time. She had enough material on hand to start one hell of a career.
Unlike Amanda, I didn't have eight books finished and just waiting for a publisher to sit up and take notice. All I had was a set of very old file folders (with only one or two pages in each of them) that I had typed up between the ages of twelve to sixteen. They all had a beginning. They were all about horses. Only one had an ending. It was 134 typed pages. It was called The Good Life. I think I still have that somewhere. Maybe one of these days, if I ever get really famous, I can sell it on E-Bay for big money. Until then, it sits with the rest of those folders in a plastic storage bin under our stairs.
What I did have nine months ago was an idea that was unlike any other vampire story out there. The Vampire's Warden is original. It's nothing like Twilight. In fact, in an effort to totally dispel any connections at all to the YA genre, I really revved things up in The Vampire's Curse. There's a lot of swearing, some drinking, sex and obviously, some fighting. The second book made me realize that I can write what I want. I don't have to conform to anybody else's ideas about what vampire books are supposed to be.
One of the coolest things about writing Curse was being able to go inside Michael's head for the first time. I only hope I did him justice. In the Vampire's Redemption, we'll also hear Michael's side of the story. But I won't abandon Sarah. Her strength and bravery still move the story along. She's the engine that drives it. I guess you could say that Michael's behind the wheel, in that case. (LOL)
Anyway, I hope everybody has a great weekend. I will probably do a Follow-Me Friday post later this evening through Parajunkee's View. She's actually going to be putting an ad together for me to advertise Curse on her blog. I can't wait to see what she comes up with!
Hang loose, peeps. Love and hugs...