Welcome to Unwritten's February blog event! Of course, this is the month of love, so I wanted to celebrate that theme as I've done in year's past. But this year, I've decided to add a scientific spin to it. All month long, talented authors from several genres will write about some aspect of love from their books as it relates to science. It could be social, psychological, biological, or anything in between. Our blog event is sponsored by "HMC by Kate", a fabulous independent jewelry crafter. Kate's giving away one of her very beautiful necklaces that I think fits our theme perfectly. She's also offering everyone who stops in a 10% discount on any item from her Etsy store. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post and check out her lovely offerings! Without further ado, please welcome our guest author:
The Science of Creating The Perfect Gargoyle
By Emma Paul
Gargoyles, Demons, and Vampires oh my! As an author of paranormal erotic romance, research on the creatures of the supernatural is paramount. Well, “paramount” may be a bit much, but it is an important part of writing a good Vampire novel, or a Were-something novel and of course everything else in-between. Like Gargoyles for instance.
So I sat down one day to write a Vampire novel. Problem was, there were so many Vampire novels out there already. Oh, I got it...I'll write a Demon novel,which would be better because I've delved into tons of research on Demonology both mythological and in religion. However, as I perused Amazon to see just how popular Demons were, I realized, that there were a ton of Demon books too. Worse, all my plot outlines for potential novels seemed to have been “done” a zillion times over.
Now I'm discouraged. So I do the one thing that any author in my shoes would do, I sit down with my six year old daughter, at the time, and watch her favorite cartoon, Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame. Hey there were Gargoyles in that movie...friendly, heroic Gargoyles...hmmmm....
Yeah, I thought, Gargoyles are perfect. I sat down that very night and began to draw up my character charts. After researching Gargoyles, I found that, well they really weren't that spectacular. It was then that I realized that I had to spice up the Gargoyle persona with some creative, fantastical, yet believable characteristics.
As a rule, I like to keep character charts. Most of these charts are made up of primary, secondary and antagonist characters whom I've interwoven with my research on the supernatural and occult. I like to call them blank slates that I eventually personalize with emotion and back stories.
Flipping through my charts I pulled out a few Vampire and Demon “blank slates” and began to try and blend the traits of these two different creatures together. My plan was to create a Gargoyle hero who had certain vampire-like and demonic characteristics.
I wanted a Gargoyle who had the allure and sexiness of a Vampire, with the magic/strength of a Demon. Blending the traits was relatively easy for me. Still, I needed to explain why Gargoyles had such similarities to Vampires and Demons.
That's when it hit me. Gargoyles are the offspring of Vampires and Demons. Now that I had my Gargoyle drawn out, I began to work on formulating an alternate historical reality, if you will, to explain why and how Gargoyles came about. The perfect Gargoyle was born, and the first book I ever published, got written...
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Emma Paul Romance and Erotic Romance Author.
"If you like brilliantly written fantasy and gloriously hot erotica then Emma Paul is the Author for you!"
Emma has been writing for over twenty years. Her writing career started by accident when she began to incorporate her personal journals into fictional short stories. Many of her erotica tales are published with Everynight Erotica a web based erotica magazine.
The overwhelming positive response to Emma's unique voice and imaginative short stories, prompted her to write a full length novel that she ultimately published with Renaissance E-books Inc. under their Erotic Romance line, Sizzler Editions. Emma is known for her wildly creative writing style and ability to transform Erotic Romance into stories more on par with something written by leading authors in the mainstream suspense genre.
Readers have taken notice of Ms. Paul, "Once I started reading, I couldn’t put the book down. However, despite its complexity, the storyline has a really fast pace. It is moved along by the numerous plot twists and scene changes. Each character draws you in and enhances the overall depth of the story. Both male and female characters are strong, intelligent and dynamic."-- from a reviewer on Just Erotic Romance Reviews.