I’m a big ol’ nerdy tabletop role playing gamer, so creating races, creatures and a system of magic is one of my favorite parts of writing paranormal romances. A lot of time went into the world building side of the Sentinels before I ever sat down to write a single sentence for the first book. In fact, the whole process took a couple of years of making notes, waking up in the middle of the night to scribble down some possibly incoherent thought, and running out of the shower dripping wet to capture an idea on paper before it was steamed away. I was constantly fighting my horrible memory as well as looking for a balance so that one part of the world didn’t contradict another.
I found inspiration in the strangest places. I wanted to create a very vivid, emotional landscape, so much of my creative spark came from music. I couldn’t tell you now which songs I was listening to at the time, but I can say that music was a vital component to creating depth and texture. With a stack of notebooks filled with various thoughts and ideas—some better than others—I know I’ve created more details than will ever actually make it to the page of one of my books, but again, that was part of the fun.
Because I put so much time into the world building side of the work, sharing different facets of the world has always been a thrill. The first four books and shorter works in the “Sentinel War”s have featured the Theronai—the tortured, noble warriors of my world. Their souls are dying, and if they don’t find a way to shed some of the power that continuously grows inside of them, they’re doomed to become like the creatures they’re sworn to fight.
In Blood Hunt, book five of the “Sentinel Wars”, I get to delve into the race of the Sanguinar, who are constantly hungry, denied sunlight and eyed with suspicion. Of course these dark, desperate, secretive healers are not all worthy of trust. They’ve done questionable things for the sake of saving their race from starvation and extinction. And Logan is no different.
Logan is a man with an agenda. He plays nice, like a tame animal, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten how to fight for his people, the blood they need, or for one hunted woman who has the power to slow the death spiral his people are on.
I’ve always enjoyed dabbling in characters who are painted in shades of gray, and Blood Hunt was one of those special books that allowed me the room to do just that. I truly hope you enjoy it!