Kat is an empath, someone who sees emotions as colourful auras. Relentlessly bullied by her peers, and believing her life amounts to nothing but a huge cosmic mistake, she finds purpose in her abilities when she is recruited to help Zulu and Morgan complete their missions.
Malchus is Morgan’s long dead twin brother. A powerful necromancer, Malchus manages to find a way to return to the living, and he has a score to settle with Morgan. Believing Morgan responsible for his death and out to seek revenge, Malchus begins to raise an army of undead minions and use them to hunt Morgan down. As Malchus closes in on Morgan and his charges, the trio soon realizes the people most in need of saving are themselves.
The author’s inspiration for this book
I’ve always been intrigued with vampire lore in popular culture, and I don’t know why. Most sources will tell you it’s the romance, the association of blood with other bodily fluids, and the parallel of tooth penetration with…well, you get the idea.
I just like a good story. Vampires (and other supernatural creatures) live by a set of rules they can’t escape–like not going out in the daytime, or having to be invited into a residence–and there’s something comforting and familiar about that.
I’m a teacher, and I was introduced to peer mediation around the same time I started writing seriously. Peer mediation is when students are trained to mediate problems between other students. As the teacher liason for the program, I did a lot of reading around the mediation process, and that’s when the idea struck: write the story of a mediation between a vampire and a hunter. I knew all there was about the characters, their histories and how they got to the point of mediation, I just couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to end it.
My cure for writer’s block is to read around the subject, so I went to the Internet and started researching vampires. I knew the vampire would probably kill the hunter in a fit of rage. I also knew the hunter would not be satisfied unless he’d killed the vampire. Maybe I could find some other sort of happy medium for the two? It was while searching I came upon the idea of revenants.
So little has been done about revenants–the odd B-movie or novel or video game–that there are no rules compelling their actions. That was one of the reasons I started thinking about using one in my story. If no one really knew what they were or how they had to live their lives, I could create the lore myself. The general definition of a revenant is someone who returns after a long absence. In history, this grew to include people presumed dead, like soldiers lost in the war, who eventually came home. They are associated with vampires, because like vampires, they are associated with death and rebirth.
I realized that I couldn’t build a whole novel around a single character, but my other characters couldn’t be the usual werewolves, ghosts, and witches associated with stereotypical vampires. I made my other protagonist female to appeal to female readers (I had the male angle covered with Zulu, the revenant in my story), thought of other superpowers I could give her that were different from the norm and settled on seeing auras and feeling feelings.
The necromancer/zombie angle came from Zulu’s origin story and the simple reason that there had to be an explanation for his rising from the dead.
To learn more about Zulu, Kat and how the necromancy/zombie angle fits into their story, read The Revenant. In The Revenant, Zulu and Kat join a seer to help save people from catastrophe, mostly as a result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The real catastrophe begins when they learn theSeer’s brother, Malchus, once a powerful necromancer, has returned from the grave seeking revenge, for he believes the Seer responsible for his death.
1. When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing stories ever since I learned how to write. I remember winning an award for my version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” in grade two. I think that’s what encouraged me to continue writing growing up. I didn’t start writing with a serious goal to publish my work until about 2000. That was the year I was given a Writer’s Craft class to teach. That summer I realized I knew next to nothing about conventions of writing and the writing process. The more I researched to form my lessons, the more I learned. I’d kept my stories alive in my head for decades, imagining them when I was bored or couldn’t fall asleep. The turning point for me was coming out of the theatre after seeing “The Mummy II” and saying to my husband, “I wish I could write like that.” He told me that I could. That was all the encouragement I needed to set my writing “career” into motion.
2. Have you ever gotten writer’s block? If you have, how did you get past it? If you haven’t, how do you keep yourself from getting to that point?
I get writer’s block regularly, mostly because at the end of a day of teaching, after maybe going to the gym or grocery shopping and cooking and cleaning up afterward, I have no energy left. Getting a good night’s sleep is one way to get past that kind of writer’s block. If the writer’s block is with respect to an idea that I can’t work out then I put it away and return to that point in the story in my mind throughout the day, trying to work it out by imagining different scenarios. Eventually something clicks and the next time I sit down the scene practically writes itself. I think the trick is in never giving up, putting it away physically but not mentally.
3. Is there a particular person that helps motivate you to write or someone you strive to be like?
There are a lot of writers I look to and aspire to the same level of success, like Kathy Reichs (Bones/Temperance Brennan series), Charlaine Harris (True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse series) or Jeff Lindsay (Dexter), but no one person in particular. I sometimes cast my characters in roles and when I watch the actors I’ve chosen on television or in a movie it inspires me to write further. One current example is Robert Carlyle. I’ve imagined him as everything from Palmer Richardson, in Phase Shift to Nigel Trumble, the villain in the next novel I plan to work on, Chicken or Egg: a Love Story. I also cast him in the role of Father Paul in The Revenant, which helped me make the character come to life. I’d love to see Mr. Carlyle play that role on television or in a movie one day, because it’s sort of tailor-made for him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
and author whenever she can steal some time, Elise Abram is the proud
author of Phase Shift, The Mummy Wore Combat Boots, and Throwaway Child,
available on Amazon and KoboBooks. She pens a blog about literature,
popular culture and the human condition whenever the muse moves her.Elise’s fourth book, a young adult paranormal thriller entitled The Revenant was released in July 2014.
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