First, meet DESOLATE . . .
Where darkness lives, all becomes desolate.
It’s been two months since sixteen-year-old Desolation Black chose Earth over Hell and her friend Miri over her eternal love, Michael.
Desi goes through the motions of life: school, training, remaining vigilant against the forces of darkness, but her dreams are full of the choices she wishes she could change. When she’s injured by a strange demon, old temptations arise, and the lines between good and evil blur. Desi discovers those choices aren’t so final after all.
And this time, the power of love—for a friend, for a lover—may not be enough to save her from the darkness that lurks within.
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Desolation's story began with the question, "What if the devil's daughter only wanted to be good?". A spin on the whole teenage angst where the parents' goals do not align with the teen's. Hey, I've been there. Have you?
I thought I'd have a lot of fun with the story, you know, make it a little tongue-in-cheek . . . yeah, that didn't exactly turn out. As you can probably guess from the cover, DESOLATE is, well, pretty darn bleak. And there was pretty much nothing fun or lighthearted about book one, BECOME.
In addition to discovering my book wasn't going to be a happy-go-lucky adventure, I realized I didn't want to write about the traditional Christian idioms of Heaven and Hell, God and the Devil. I wanted some leeway, room to put my own spin on the theology. And that's when my story became less theologic-based and more mythologic.
I've always loved Norse mythology, so bits of what I knew abegan to find their way into my story, and my mind was officially blown. Did you realize how many similarities there are between Lucifer and Loki? Thor and Jesus? God and Odin? I could regale you for ages on all that I found.
But when it came right down to putting words on the page, I still didn't want to be tied to the norm, to tradition. And I think that's precisely where the joy in writing, or the wonder in reading, comes in--when we write/read something that startles us, shakes us out of what we expected and opens our mind to the possibility of . . . everything.
So when you're writing, do your research, sure, but then set yourself free of all that you've learned. Make the story your own, the mythology something unique to you. And when you're reading, open your heart and mind to all the possibilities the writer gives you in their story.
I guarantee that when we can all, writers and readers alike, free ourselves of the expected, we'll have a grand time!
Thank you so much Ali!