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Sunday, February 1, 2009
Happy Grand Opening with Alexis Morgan
Which brings me to something I’ve been thinking about for a while. People often ask me the same question when they first meet me: why do I write the kind of books I do? By the puzzled expression on their faces, I assume they can’t quite figure out why I feel compelled to write paranormal stories instead of something else. You know, something that doesn’t involve fangs or strange DNA or an alternative human species.
And you’d think I’d know how to answer that by now, but I’m not completely sure that I do. It’s really not as easy to figure out how to respond to that question as you’d think it would be. I do know if you study a particular writer’s body of work, you’ll find that she will return to the same basic themes again and again in her books. Although the themes themselves are at heart complex and emotional, we can often state them in only one or two words. “Finding family” or “going home again” or “finding justice” are all examples of themes commonly explored through the telling of a story.
For me, the stories that interest me are most often centered around the concepts of honor and finding redemption. For that reason, the heroes in the westerns I wrote have an awful lot in common with my Paladins, Talions, and my vampires. Warriors all, they all have a strong sense of duty and are ready to walk straight into hell itself to protect those under their care.
I can’t tell you why my writer’s voice lends itself most strongly to stories centered around these themes. It may be because of the kinds of books I read when I was young or the movies and tv shows I watched growing up. I’ll probably never know for sure. However, I believe that my stories are stronger and my characters are more real because the themes I explore do mean a lot to me.
I guess the two part answer to the question about why I write what I do is simple after all. I write stories really speak to me both as a person and as a writer. As why the fangs and the special powers? That part is simple--because they’re fun.
Thank you Alexis for joining us on our GRAND OPENING!
She has been very generous and has decided that there will be two very lucky readers today! All you have to do is comment on this post and I will randomly pull numbers for two winners. So make sure that you put your email in your post so I can contact you to claim your prize.
The prize......oh yeah, I guess I should tell you about that huh? Well Alexis has generously donated one signed copy of each of her last two releases, Dark warrior Unleashed and Darkness Unknown. So post away and make sure to stop by Alexis' website! http://www.alexismorgan.com/
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