Thanks so much for having me on your blog today. I’m looking forward to getting to know some of your readers.
Today I thought I’d answer a question that I’ve been asked a number of times and have even asked other writers.
Where’d you get that idea?
I’m always tempted to say, “From the place where all ideas come.” But I don’t because I know it’s not what anyone wants to hear. And besides, my mom would be really ticked if I acted like a smart aleck when she asked me a question.
So I guess I’ll just explain how my concept for Perpetual Light came to me. It began with obsessively reading several vampire stories—from Twilight to The Vampire Chronicles to Dracula and The Sookie Stackhouse Series during the Christmas season when Christmas music plays everywhere.
I listened when I shopped, wrapped, cooked, decorated, cleaned. I love Christmas music. So of course, thinking of Christmas and vampires and romance (who doesn’t think of romance all the time) led me to imagine a Christmas party during which a woman meets her soul mate, the man she’s been in love with for hundreds of years.
In my first run of the concept I believed that Lucia had been repeatedly reincarnated to try to find Vittorio so that they could be together. Certainly, there was a villain, Samuel, chasing after her to try to capture her. That was it. Very exciting. In my mind, anyway. She would live life after life looking for him and we, the readers, would get to experience it with her.
So, I finished a first draft and knew something was missing. I just could not figure out what. I had no idea how to add the needed conflict. Samuel seemed scary as all hell to me, but he wasn’t enough. They needed more.
At the dinner for the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter during the RWA National Conference in 2010 I sat with Ella Drake, Jax Cassidy, and Chudney. They asked me question after question and made a number of different suggestions, none of which clicked, but they did all get me thinking.
When I got back home from the Conference, I rewrote Perpetual Light and added the missing issue. It was as though the idea had been sitting at my desk waiting for me to come home. Lucia isn’t just looking for Vittorio because she loves him, which she does. She has to kill him. She’s a divine slayer sent to take his soul back to The Light.
And Samuel doesn’t just want her, he wants to possess her divine power so he can rule the world.
And Vittorio doesn’t simply have to defend Lucia. He has to help her remember how to use her power, help her kill Samuel and then let her kill him.
But, let’s face it—how many people do you know who are willing to just let someone kill them? Innately, we all fight to survive. He’s not exactly the most willing vampire.
When I tell you I breathed a sigh of relief, I mean I finally was able to sleep at night and think of anything other than
Lucia and Vittorio. I can’t begin to explain how obsessed a writer becomes when she’s trying to work out a plot issue.
So that’s it. Not exactly the most glamorous explanation, but that’s where my idea came from. So now, you tell me.
If you write, where did your idea come from? If you don’t write, where did you get an idea to do something completely different than anyone would expect?
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After trying her hand at many, many things- from crafting and art classes to cooking and sewing classes to running her own handbag business, Jordan finally figured out how to channel her creativity. With an active imagination and a little encouragement from her husband she sat down and began to write, each night clicking away at the keys with her black Labrador, Dino curled up under the desk.
A few short years later she’s entered the publishing arena with no plans to ever turn back.
Jordan’s a member of Rhode Island Romance Writers, as well as RWA National, and the New England (NEC), Connecticut, and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal (FFnP) Chapters.
Her first book, Perpetual Light, releases in March of 2012 from Crescent Moon Press.
Find Jordan on her website at www.jordankrose.com.
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Perpetual Light Back Cover Blurb
Fate is cruel. Especially when the one you’ve sworn to love for all eternity, the very soul who changed your destiny is the last person you should trust.
After more than three hundred years of running, Lucia Dicomano must make a choice.
Forced to take her place as a Pharo of Redemption, the divine slayer needs to master her forgotten powers. Lucia turns to Vittorio, the one vampire she’s failed to deliver from eternal damnation. But overcoming smoldering remnants of love, lust and anger aren’t their only obstacles.
Samuel, who may know Lucia better than she knows herself, hunts her with a fervor stoked by a thousand years of vengeful hatred. His plan–capture and enslave the weakened Pharo then take control of her elusive power.
Can Lucia trust Vittorio long enough to reclaim her powers? Or will she have no choice but to kill him and battle Samuel alone?