I've already made the announcement that the third novel in my Bloodline series, Broken, will be released in 2015. In addition to that, I also intend to release 2nd editions of the first two books, Legacy and Legends. Which had me reading through Legacy last night for the first time in months, maybe a year.
I'm a different writer now than I was in 2009 when Legacy was first penned, and it's not always easy going back to review what I consider old work. However, as I was reading the first few chapters, I was reminded of subtle foreshadowing and delicate twists and turns of the story. I was also reminded of a love for writing that I've had since I was a child. It was out of that great love that Legacy was born, and I couldn't be more proud of the special little world I've created in the shoreside town of Sterling, MN.
I know what it's like to fall in love with a book, its characters, its setting. I know what it's like to want so much more than the text is giving away. I've done it both as a reader, and as a writer. While I'm not quite ready to hand over book 3, I've compiled some facts about the creation of the series that you may find interesting.
1. Bloodline: Legacy was written in 21 days during the month of November, National Novel Writing Month, 2009. The four subsequent Bloodline books were penned throughout 2010. The 5th and final book, Revenge, was written one year after the first, during National Novel Writing Month 2010.
2. The setting for Bloodline was inspired by a trip I'd taken to Tofte, MN in October 2009. I recall walking along an isolated trail in the woods and thinking: anything could happen here, and no one would ever know about it. I determined then and there that the setting for my NaNoWriMo novel would be the North Shore of Lake Superior. The idea that my characters would possess the supernatural ability to shapeshift came later.
3. The Bloodline series was initially comprised of 3 novels, not 5. I wrapped up book 3 and started working on something else, but couldn't shake the feeling that Bloodline deserved to live on. I rewrote the second half of the third book, with not just one sequel in mind, but two. Broken has been rewritten numerous times, and I've finally come up with an ending that satisfies my standards. I've been asked if there will be a sixth novel, but I have no current plans for one at this time.
4. The character of Carly Morneau was inspired by Scout Taylor-Compton's portrayal of Laurie Strode in Rob Zombie's Halloween II, which I had viewed in a nearly empty theater on Halloween night, just hours before I started writing Legacy. Not only did I love the overall look of Taylor-Compton's character, I also loved her no-f/cks-given attitude. I was bored writing the shy, quiet-as-a-mouse girl, and wanted to create someone cool and confident, someone whose self-esteem wasn't dependent on whether or not the boy she liked returned her feelings. Although Carly's cool-girl persona was borrowed, her quick wit and excessive sarcasm are all me.
5. Carly and Gabe's shared love of music is a theme unique to the Bloodline novels. I've written a lot of books, and when you've written a lot of books, it can be a challenge to keep things fresh. While music is a huge part of my life, I'd never before created characters with the same appreciation. I didn't realize it at the time, but ultimately, I was writing a soundtrack for Carly and Gabe's love story. The actual soundtrack for their love story is Radiohead's Hail to the Thief, which I listened to on repeat for the entire 21 days that it took me pen the first draft of Legacy. Track 7 specifically, We Suck Young Blood (Your Time Is Up), was the sole inspiration for my vampire-like creatures, Ruskahs.