Holy fuck, did i really write a novel? That's what crossed my mind as i stared at my blinking cursor on my Toshiba laptop a little over a year ago. The real problem came, however, when I couldn't stop.It reached a point where I was wandering around with post-it notes on me so I could jot down things that came to mind when I was at work or even in the car. From that moment on it was non stop and i discovered that I didn't miss watching TV as much as I thought i would. I managed to write my way through more books than I knew what to do with.
Publish them. Why not?
My single purpose has become to share my characters and world with others, because i know that somewhere out there is an audience who will love them as much as I do.
I wanted to start with The Mageri because it is my first series. (Mageri, the "G" pronounced as a "J").
I owed it to Justus.
How I got to writing the Mageri series began further back when I decided to write again. I spent hours, whole evenings in fact, in my teen and young adult life writing. Short stories and mainly poetry. I was convinced that when I died, someone would discover all my scraps of writing and I would be the next Emily Dickinson.
Then I realized that was morbid as hell. Life went on, jobs, bills, you begin to put the things you love most on the back burner.
So, I started off with a very cliche vampire novel that ended up playing out like a book or two I had read. Scrap that--I shoved that file in folder and put it out of my mind.
Except...I couldn't get Justus out of my head. That sexy bastard was haunting my mind, even though he was only a bit character in the Vampire book. Because of him, I started writing again. I wrote him right into my first completed novel as "Dominic".
Why the hell did I do that?
Well, I kept thinking I might pick up that Vampire book again and Justus would need me. But by the time I got done with writing up my draft I realized that Justus already wandered into my new book, took a seat, adjusted his manlies and made himself right at home. So I did a find and replace on MS Word and Dominic was no more. The spirit of Justus stepped out of that crap ass novel and strolled right by me with a smug look on his face.
So that is how the Mageri series began. Not with the inspiration behind the female lead, but from the pompous attitude of a man i grew to adore.
So, I've decided not to wait until I die to share my writing. ;-)