Book number two.
I’m excited, and I’ve just put up the opening few chapters for all to read right (here!)
My biggest inspiration here, if I had to sum it up for anyone in a simple tagline: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, if Buffy was a vampire.
Which isn’t to say she’d slay herself… okay, that tagline might need work.
Why did I decide to do a young adult urban fantasy from a female perspective? Good question, thanks for asking!
For the last few years I’ve been very aware of women’s rights and the challenges any minority faces, and the need that everyone has for representation in media. For example, there are plenty of stories regarding the latest Star Wars, where a young girl, or a young black boy, grabs at the action figure of Ray or Finn, demanding to have it because finally they can see themselves as the hero. And frankly, that warms my heart.
Consider this my offering of a strong female protagonist. The dream being that one girl might read my book and feel… something. Who knows, but an author can dream!
And for everyone else? It’s a damn fun book to read, obviously!
I also made a very conscious decision to keep things moving along briskly at a much choppier pace than Demi Heroes. Subsequently it’s also a much shorter book. I enjoyed writing it, and spending time inside the world I created (which as someone that hates spoilers, I won’t say anything about!)
I took a long time flipping back and forth between different titles, but I finally settled on Sanctuary’s Fiend (Book 1 of Sanctuary)
I’ve arranged this to be one of those things that are ever so popular with authors and readers today, a never-ending series. It could go on and on! Certainly there’s a lot that I want to explore with the series, and I can see myself getting five books out of hints that I’ve left lying around in this first book without trouble.
I’m very happy with how this book turned out, and think that it’s a big improvement, technically, from Demi Heroes.