Shadow's Vengeance will be my first true adventure with self publishing, as soon as I can get my finances straightened out from the current bent position that they're in. Shadow's Vengeance had a very unique conception, birth and growing up, and within the A-Z blogging challenge, I thought that this would be a good place as any to tell you about it.
Shadow's Vengeance's conception was very unique to say the least, as it was originally based on a blog post called "What If". The path to the conception itself was nothing unusual to speak of, in that while I was busy querying Line 21 in 2011-12, I needed something else to work on. Let me tell you, there is nothing worse than a writer in between projects. Anywho, while researching the deep recesses of my memory, I was able to recall that particular blog post. Not the title mind you, but the content. I did a semi-brief search and destroy for the post and eventually found it.
I read it through again, batted the words around in my head and said to myself, "This could work." At the time, I was becoming somewhat enamored of the paranormal/fantasy genre, having liberally peppered my debut novel with it, so I thought that this could be the perfect vehicle to really dive into the genre head first.
So I took the basic premise, which was boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, and boy becomes an obsessive stalker of the girl, and turned it upside down. I introduced a female demon who escaped from Purgatory as the boy's weapon of choice to help him win the girl, I sprinkled in elements of Hell (I'm an admirer of Dante), tossed in two well-known archangels Michael and Raphael, and presto! a fun filled story that presents a new twist on the concept of revenge.
Two important elements were introduced to the story that I consider to be a very radical departure on how I write and in fact, have continued to influence my writing to this day. One, I toned down the graphic sex. While my debut novel was a paranormal fantasy, it was classified as erotica by my publisher, as the setting for the story was the adult entertainment industry, so the sex was very graphic. For this novella, I toned down the sex to basically one scene in the bedroom and only made it as graphic as necessary. Two, just before I started to query this novella, I rewrote it into first person p.o.v. (did both synopsis' that way as well). The violence remained unchanged, although the intensity ebbed and flowed based on the scene.
In order to have a better understanding of the content and plot, I have posted the full synopsis which you will find on my now dormant adult blog, so please proceed with caution as that blog contains content that may be inappropriate/offensive to some.
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