Okay, some of you know that I started writing this post last week. I’ve been working on it, but. Ack! I came here with the intention of explaining to you my muse, the lifeblood of my work, my greatest inspiration. But I’m not sure I know how. I’ve never tried to explain this particular inspiration to anyone.
I’m also a little worried that you will laugh at me.
I am most inspired by my character, Lord Caden. Some of you had the pleasure of “meeting” him last week. THAT was fun (and entertaining). He’s lovely. But—I really don’t know how to do this. I guess I’ll start with the basics.
In SHADOW, Lord Caden is an incubus and the secondary leader of a planet (and also an assassin—multi-talented I guess). Uh, here’s the description of him from my query:
The incubus. The dark, sarcastic, damn-near-invincible incubus who oozes sex appeal and never loses.
And here’s the first description of him in the book:
His smile was breathtaking, his beauty; matchless—his pale skin contrasting with black, lustrous hair and such dark, lustful eyes.
He also always wears black. I’m into that sort of thing. 😀 So you kind of have a picture of him now (hopefully) but this isn’t about his looks. Lord Caden is so much more than a character in a story to me. He sort of embodies everything I wish I could be. He’s powerful. He’s in absolute control of every situation. The only thing that trips him up is my MC, Sera. I had to give him some weakness, didn’t I? He’s never awkward and he’s never been embarrassed in his 12,000-something years. He’s brilliant and charismatic
and . . .
Writing this is making me breathless.
I have a very deep connection with this character. I had to write a poem about my greatest inspiration for a creative writing class in college, and I had this, sort of, revelation about my relationship with him while writing it. So, I think the easiest way to explain what I’m (wordily and futilely) trying to explain is to just let you read it.
Let me just say that poetry is not my forte . . . fair warning.
And to think
That I invented you.
Eyes that speak only the truth.
Lustrous even in the night
Lustful, cool—with burning might.
Perfection, simple complexity combined.
And in my mind
I’ve known you for millennia.
This is a rework.
A copy that’s been made to set me free.
And to think
That you invented me.
Soooo . . . that’s that, folks. Talking about this is like exposing my soul. To the internet. So, be gentle.
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