When I read her Story Behind the Book I thought to myself, "Thank God I'm not the only author who dreams her stories." I found her explanation very entertaining and I know you will as well. I give you now, Branna Black and her Story behind the Book.
by Brannan Black
Where did the idea for this story come from?
Soul Bound, A werewolf, a vampire and an ancient immortal walk into a bar... Ok, bad pun. But it is about a sexy Nordic werewolf, a hot, dark and delicious vampire and an ancient immortal whose been imprisoned for several centuries. And they meet in a tavern.
Like most of my stories, this one started as a dream. For as long as I can remember, I've always had action/adventure type dreams. In this case, the dream involved my main characters but not this plot. I got to thinking about how such different paranormals got together. As these characters interacted in my mind, I decided to start at the beginning of their story. How did they meet? Why did they get together? I've always been fascinated by the person out of time concept and it just seemed a natural for my ancient immortal. So that's where they start, with her escaping from a long imprisonment and wandering around the city in total confusion. The guys run into her by accident but can't resist the urge to get involved. I guess that just flowed from who they are. As for the setting, I used areas I am familiar with with out getting too specific.
In the future, I'll explore the plot of the dream that started it all. Sorry, no hints other than to say they are mercenaries who specialize in retrieving lost things, and people...
How did your characters come to life?
My characters often start in my dreams then grow in daydreams. I guess they kick around in my head for a while until a story starts to form. In this case, I had the heroine pretty set already so I just had to work out my guys.
The heroine, Raven, is a character I've played with in one form or another for a long time. She's an immortal warrior used to going it alone. She counts her years in millennia rather than decades. In the past she's been more than a little violent but with age comes some wisdom. And unlike most of her kind, she has a soft spot for mortals.
My heroes are partners in business, mercenaries of a sort, or maybe PI's with teeth. They also partner in the bedroom. I love the dynamic behind these two very different hunks.
Tall, dark and handsome Ilario has a bright outlook, always on the verge of making a joke or laughing at life. I've spent a lot of time thinking about my version of vampires. Ilario is several hundred years old, about average for a vamp. Because drinking blood is such a sensual and sexual event, most vampires are bisexual. Ilario gets to be different, he prefers men. Not that he'd turn down a good bite. He finds his attraction to Raven surprising.
Wulf manages a bit of brooding despite his blond, blued eyed looks. He's also more volatile emotionally. Unlike a lot of werewolves, Wulf is not overbearing, well, most of the time. In the beginning, she thinks he's shy because he won't hold eye contact. Once she realizes he's a werewolf, it makes sense. In real wolves and dogs, staring is a threat. I wanted to bring that aspect into my werewolves. Wolves in general are shy around people, very touchy feely with their pack and fiercely loyal. Except when there's a squabble over pack leadership.
Published by Changeling Press, https://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1425
Author website: http://www.epicromances.com/
Author blog: http://brannansfantasies.blogspot.com/
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