Monday, November 18, 2013

What does a geisha and a vampire have in common?


Not much, except for in my head.

To explain, I must go back to the beginning.

It all started with a sub call (doesn't it always?). It came from one of my fellow OCC RWA authors Nikki Prince. She was going to be heading a new erotic paranormal anthology for Hot Ink Press and needed stories. I first saw the posting on Facebook and I have to admit it intrigued me. I hadn't yet written a paranormal story, but it was something I knew I wanted to do one day. I didn't even really have a story in mind at that point. In fact, I was entrenched in finishing a 60,000 word novel I had started a few months back. So I read the sub call posting, sighed and scrolled on.

But that sub call kept popping on Facebook and in my head. I still wasn't finished with that novel and I still didn't even have a story, but part of me knew I needed to do it.

So for a few days, I put aside my novel and started to daydream. That's usually how my stories start. This time though, nothing was screaming to be written. I almost gave up and guilted myself into finishing up the novel instead. Then one night, after everyone was already in bed, I was flipping through the channels and came upon the movie Memoirs of a Geisha. I loved the book and even loved the movie when I first saw it a few years ago. I ended up staying on the channel and watched until the end. When I finally went to bed that night, a story was already brewing. A story about a woman who would first fall in love with her guardian as a young girl and then do everything she could to be close to him.

That is essentially the love story behind Memoirs of a Geisha. The Chairman engineers for the girl to become a courtesan without her even knowing and she chooses that life because it gives her a way into his world. But rather than study to be a courtesan, I thought my heroine would study to be a vampire. As I flushed out the plot, it was the hero's that story grew stronger. I began to question why he would take an interest in this girl and why would he work behind the scenes to ensure she was taken care of?

And then I remembered the cliff hanger to last season's finale of  Being Human (U.S. version) where viewers were shown a glimpse of Aidan's (the show's vampire) wife in the present day. I wondered if she was a vampire too or was she a reincarnation? (I don't know yet, the new season stars in January!)

Vampire Aidan from Being Human.
The idea of reincarnation brought all sorts of juicy conflict into my to-be-written romance. Would she remember that she once loved him? And if she did, could she love him again knowing that he was a now a vampire?

The pieces clicked and My Guardian Vampire was born:

What happens to your soul mate when you no longer have a soul?

For centuries, Diego de la Cotera searched for the love of his life, or rather, for her reincarnated soul. The desperate vampire guarded over her descendants generation after generation waiting in the shadows for the day his beloved would find her way back to this life and back to him.

On her 25th birthday, Mila Solis will get everything she’s ever wanted. But first she must spend three days with the executor of her late parents’ estate. At first, all she can think of is just surviving the long weekend. But when she begins to feel herself being drawn to the man who used to be her legal guardian, suddenly her trust fund isn’t the only thing she’s wanting by Monday.

Will three days be enough for Diego to convince Mila that even though they both died a long time ago, their love can still survive? Or will she discover what he really is and walk away from him forever?

You can read my story and seven other hot paranormal romances in the Sinsperationally Yours anthology -- available now from Hot Ink Press!


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