Please welcome my guest host, Urban Fantasy author, J.D. Brown. Thanks for filling in for me, today, JD!
These days, most Urban Fantasy stories take place on modern-day Earth. However, in many cases, the paranormal characters follow different rules and different customs as though they were from a different world. The hero or heroine discovers these magical worlds that they didn’t know existed right in their own back yards.
I absolutely love this aspect of urban fantasy. It makes our world more interesting. And it’s not that hard to pull off. There are hundreds of secret societies, conspiracies, and loopholes in real life. One can easily stretch reality a bit and fill them with magical or dark elements of a story, creating a sort of world with in a world.
There are many great examples of this. Hogwarts’ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in The Harry Potter series is one that comes to mind. Another is Idres, the home of the Shadowhunters from The Mortal Instruments series.
Some worlds are a little harder to define. Sometimes the border between the human and the supernatural has blurred. Other times, there is no single place where the fantasy characters live. They live right alongside humans. But often, they still have their own set of rules and customs. In the Sookie Stackhouse novels, for example, the supernatural live openly with humans. But vampires still have their queens and kings who they are loyal to above the president, or any other human law official. The were-animals have their pack leaders, and so forth.
Since I wanted my vampires to be as old as humans, I started building their world around the same time our human world came into light. The year was 6,000 B.C. and the Mediterranean was growing with intelligent human life. Home of the first written language, the first irrigation systems, the first human civilization, made it the perfect starting point for my vampires as well.
I know what you’re thinking and the answer is yes, I really did go back that far. I have a timeline I keep in a black binder on my desk that highlights every major event that ever happened in vampire history, spanning back 8,000 years. Yes, I am insane. No, I didn’t have anything better to do at the time.
How did I come up with enough history to cover that many years? Easy; I opened up a text book and did my homework. I studied our own timeline of major events until I started to find loopholes. For every loophole I found, I filled it with something my vampires did until a very complicated and deeply entwined history grew, one in which vampires were to blame for much of our losses AND successes! This was exactly want I wanted; a history that would fall apart if not for our vampire cousins.
Laws, territories, secret organizations, customs, etc, all came very easily afterwards since these things are often the result of events that took place in the past. With a solid history, my modern-day vampire world fell perfectly into place. It’s gotten to the point that anyone can ask me a question about my vampires and I’ll have a snap answer ready for them. It’s very cool. Totally makes all the sweat that went into the timeline worth it.
“You’re a vampire” is so not what Ema Marx wants to hear when she wakes from a two-day coma in a cryptic yet exquisite castle in northern Finland. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like why she’s able to see in the dark and walk through solid objects. What she doesn’t understand is why the other vampires expect her to have all the answers. It’s their fault she turned into one of them…right?
Jalmari’s hatred for his old-man intensifies when he’s ordered to bring that troublesome girl to their castle. He has a clan to run; there’s no time for babysitting newborn vampires no matter how they were converted to their culture. But when a two-thousand-year-old premonition threatens to take the crown and his life, Jalmari sees no other choice than to take out the catalyst, Ema Marx. Fortunately for Ema, she could also be the clan’s only savior.
The race to figure out her vampiric origins is on. And maybe she’ll get the hang of the blood-drinking gig along the way…
About the Author:
J.D. Brown graduated from the International Academy of Design and Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her two Pomeranians. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, her writing is influenced by the multicultural urban society of her youth which she continues to visit each summer. J.D. loves paranormal characters; from vampires and werewolves, demons and angels, to witches and ghosts. Her writings are often a combination of suspense and romance. J.D. enjoys helping and promoting her fellow writers and leads an active life on the web. She also writes erotic romance for the MuseItHOT division under the pen name Danielle Ravencraft.