I recently read Ms. Sarina’s debut novella, Gilded Destiny, and was thoroughly impressed! I plan to post my review next week, but in the meant time she was nice enough to drop by to guest post:
Thank you so much for hosting me today on Your Urban Fantasy!
Forgive me if this is a little scattered. My book releases on MONDAY *EEK!* and I’ve got a million things battling in my thoughts for priority like “Pick me! Pick me!!!”
I’m on week two of the blog tour and so far, I’ve had such an absolute blast. And I’m thrilled to be here on Your Urban Fantasy. I thought I’d answer a question I’ve heard a few times about GILDED DESTINY: A Vesper Novella in advance of the release.
“What’s the Biblical connection in your Vesper series, and how does it affect the story?”
Vampires were my original inspiration for creating a new creature of the night to prey on the human race. I wanted my creatures to carry that same, bizarre sex appeal of being comparable in shape and size to a human, but still wielding different abilities and features than a human. I knew my creatures would live in the shadows, and lack a reflection (thanks to the curse of Vanity on their heads when they committed Original Sin), and have sharp, toxic fangs.
But I didn’t want my creatures to drink blood often like vampires, and I didn’t want them to be able to blend in with everyday society or have shape-shifting abilities. If you see a Vesper, you’ll know it: Black eyes, black veins, and pale skin with neon, glowing fangs dripping with potent poison. But you won’t see them because the shadows hide them, and that poison is the key to their feeding process.
I wanted to see vampires kicked up a notch and the old stories adapted, the same way I like to see Biblical stories adapted to fit modern interest. Biblical FanFiction is one of my favorite types of fiction (along with Paranormal/UF, and New Adult). So to kick up the fear aspect of the Vespers, they poison their victims with their fangs. As the poison moves through the body, the prey shrivels up and dehydrates so the Vesper can swallow it whole with unhinge-able, serpent jaws given to him with his curse by the snake in the Original Garden.
I’m a regular blogger over at New Stories, Old Book blog (http://newstoriesoldbook.wordpress.com) where I’m fortunate enough to blog with some really talented, fantastic authors about the connections between the Bible and modern fiction that can be seen almost everywhere. We talk with our readers about movies and TV shows and look for hidden representations of Biblical tales. In my Vesper series, I made the Vespers cursed by Original Sin, which gives all the characters a deep appreciation for the spirituality that shapes the human race, though they don’t discriminate at all between Christian and other faiths.
As an author, I love pulling the Catholic lessons of my upbringing into my fiction. As a human being, I don’t associate with any organized religion and carry a personal relationship with my spirituality that combines aspects from several faiths including Buddhism and Pagan beliefs. But though my spirituality is not black-and-white, it’s a big part of who I am and I hope that reflects in my fiction.
Gilded Destiny really only touches on this part of the Vesper world very lightly, introducing the fact that the Vespers have a Biblical background in the Original Garden, but not taking it further. There simply isn’t time for Calli to learn more about Nycholas’ world before the deadly, terrifying Vespers pursue them and Nycholas makes his choices, while Calli’s most shocking, buried memories surface.
Thank you SO MUCH to Your Urban Fantasy for having me on board today for the blog stop, and I’m so excited to hear what you think of the concepts in Gilded Destiny (the novella is out May 13! AAAHHH!!!). What traditional myths, legends, stories, or beliefs would YOU like to see challenged in fiction? What would you like to see left alone, and kept the same?