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UNDER DARK SKIES - The NightShade Forensic Files, #1

WHERE DID THE STORY COME FROM?

I hate werewolves. I hate that they jump and just transform. I really hate when there are sparkles. I hate that the werewolf is a different mass than the man and some fairy must be waiting in the forest to fold their clothing. Their clothing that magically disappeared when they jumped, but now is ready to be folded and waiting.

I spent about 10 years hating on werewolves and trying to figure out how to make one that was scientifically plausible. As in the intro to the first book, there is plenty of science behind other mysterious/supernatural phenomena, but not so much with werewolves. So I thought about it long and hard. When I figured it out, I began writing book one.

COVER

The photo is original art, the slashes clearly alluding to Donovan’s nature which we don’t know when the story starts.

Every now and then I get a review that the book was too dark, went too strange, or whatever. On the one hand, I get that. On the other hand, DUDE, there are slashes on the cover! The title is brooding if not downright menacing. And the intro is all about supernatural science. I'm sorry if you missed ALL THAT. 🙂

WHERE DID THE TITLE COME FROM?

NightShade is of course both a poison and a medicine and is routinely used in spellwork.

Under Dark Skies was compelling—we just liked it.

VENGEANCE

A little bit of spoiling here, but if you click the More Spoilers below, you'll definitely get some secrets.

WHERE DID THE STORY COME FROM?

I saw a movie and thought, “NO. It doesn’t go that way.” So, I fixed it.

Vengeance was the second book I wrote, after Resonance. I sat down and wrote the first section. Then I was stuck. My house (in LA) was circular. I got up, walked a loop around the house and I had it. I had Owen Dunham, from nothing to fully formed (family and all) in one loop around the house. I sat back down and kept writing.

CHARACTERS? NAMES?

Sin is probably pretty obvious, though to me she was Cynthia first. I don’t know where the name Cynthia came from. That led to “Sin” and Lee’s misunderstanding of her name.

“Lee” is a word which literally means “shelter from a storm.” And that’s what he is to her. “Owen” is yet another name that means “warrior” and “Dunham” is because he was originally “Dunhill” after the cigarette. No, I don’t and have never smoked. But I had a friend who smoked Dunhills. I decided I couldn’t name him after a cigarette.

I wanted Owen to be sympathetic—not the bad FBI guy. He also couldn’t be either psychic or idiotic (the two “Fed” tropes I see far too often) but he had to be their antagonist.

 

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GOD'S EYE

A little bit of spoiling here, but if you click the More Spoilers below, you'll definitely get some secrets.

COVER

Like with previous covers, I did my own drawing—a creature with angel wings and demon eyes embedded into the curve of the wings. Again, the artist ignored me. But you can see that alteration of the eye and wing in the final version. The old paintings of demons and angels being the same creature exist. That’s what he’s based on.

**God's Eye will be getting a new cover soon! This cover is well designed for print, but as the market has moved to e-books, we have to change to fit a thumbnail view. Keep your eyes peeled!

 

DID YOU NOTICE?

Katharine’s father’s secretary is named “Sharon”? In Dante’s Inferno, Charon is the guardian of passage into the circles of hell.

Also, Margot occupies a classic role of "shaman." If you read journey stories, there's a wise one who leads the way. Though I didn't want Margot to be one who only doles out wisdom, that's specifically a role she has.

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