Extraordinary in the Ordinary

I love exploring the supernatural or preternatural possibilities of characters because it lets me find the extraordinary in the ordinary.  And, yeah–it allows me to develop scenarios that wouldn’t happen in real life!  But even better is when I find transcendental qualities in normal, human situations.

When I research for a novel, I love finding fragments of history that touch on this.  The “posy” ring that Kylei wears in The Descended, and the one Kieran wears later in the story, is such an ardent portrayal of this.  Words etched in a ring; vows pressed against the pulsepoint of a love’s finger.

Kylei’s ring:  Me pectus et ego a abeo     (Translated) My heart and I until I die

Kieran’s ring: Without my love I backward move

These are from actual 17th century posy rings.

Vows hidden inside interlocking bands.  Extraordinary within the ordinary. Who wouldn’t want that kind of love?

Even if your soulmate doesn’t have angelic ancestry…

Inspired by Poetry

Speaking of poetry…A writing mentor once told me that the best writers are the best thinkers; they have a gift for observing people and life that translate in their prose.  I think this is especially true of poets.  I have stumbled across poems that encapsulate an idea or thought or feeling so well that it moves me to tears.  You will see this influence in both my novels.  In The Descended, Kieran’s character feels kinship with Richard Lovelace:

‘If I have freedom in my love

   And in my soul am free,

  Angels alone, that soar above,

    Enjoy such liberty.’

Writing to Music (Part 2)

Writing (and re-writing) The Descended, I couldn’t get enough of “All we Are” and “Prodigal” by One Republic.  I wrote the dance scene between Kieran and Kylei (in the cavernous Roche Rock) to “All that I Am” by The Afters.  Something about the passion of that song and that 3/4 time…The fighting scenes I owe to Fireflight, Paramore, and 30 Seconds to Mars.

Songs are just poetry set to music, and there is something about that combination that awakens my soul and unlocks the words that pour onto my pages…