- August 26th, 2009
I took a moment and sat down to ask some questions, so that I could get a better feel for my characters. What is each characters driving force? Well...for Jake it's definitely Rachel. Jake is in it to protect her and be with her. Rachel? Hmmm....Rachel comes from a long line of hunters. She truly feels that it is her destiny to protect and save those less aware that are around her. It's not so much good versus evil, but more...protecting those who are not aware of other species, or dimensions that touch our own. Or better yet, she tries to keep a balance between the energies of our world and others.
Now, Jess, she's just trying to survive and make her way in the world. Her lack of self confidence will always be her undoing. Even though she has lived under the protection of King for her entire life, she knows that her world will soon be changing. As she tries to find herself, she must make the decision to either live within the clan, or outside it. Neither will be easy. She is considered less than nothing in both worlds, at least that's what she thinks. I think as her journey continues, she'll realize that there are always options available; you just have to be willing to put yourself out there, and thrust your friends.
Jason. Oh, Jason. He is sweet, lovable and intelligent. His southern drawl, full mouth and dreamy eyes, will give Alex an abundance of trials. What drives him? Well, he's attracted to Alex. He knows that she is more than what they see, or he can see. Her aura is brighter than he's ever seen, but also held in check. This abnormality drives Jason's curiosity, but so does Alex's past. His own past also drives him, drives him to seek and hunt down the murderers of young people on campus. He knows how the familys of these victims feel. His own brother was killed months before he arrived on campus. Murdered. Murdered, and no one saw or heard a thing. The killer was never found, and the knowledge that he may see his brothers murderer without even knowing it's him, drives him slowly over the edge. So his ultimate goals? Find the killers, and stop them. All of them. And hopefully, get to know Alex. Find out just who she is, or better yet, what she is.
And then our reluctant hero, Alexandra Blackstone, a.k.a. Alex. Tragedy and grief shadow her past. Her mother gone by the time she was ten. Raised by a father who saw evil at every turn. After her mother's death, they traveled from city to city, using new names and creating a different past for each one. Her father spoke of an evil that she must prepare for, so he trained her, worked her, and constantly tested her, so that she would be prepared. Prepared for what, she was never sure of. Yeah, there were human monsters, and they had seen and fought their fair share of them. But there always seemed to be something else her father feared, an invisible force that weighed upon him and Alex. Her life was one of training, training to fight, to survive, and to stay aware. Her father had died before he could impart upon her the true evil that followed them, and in the long run, everything just seemed to be for nothing.
Alex had no contact with others in her family since her mother's death, and now at eighteen, her father gone, it didn't really matter. She was an adult, so she tried to manage. Unfortunately, her background didn't lend to a smooth transition into the real world, or should I say, the Social world. She tried college, but that didn't really work, so she moved from one city to the next, taking jobs here and there to keep food in her saddle bags, or put gas in her motorcycle tank. It wasn't until a suit wearing detective showed up that she even thought about her family. The slim guy informed her that her grandmother had been looking for her and wanted to make contact. She was surprised, but relented. After that, her grandmother never left her alone. She even talked her into going back to college. So, here she is. In college, meeting new friends, trying out a new life. Unfortunately, in her opinion, karma isn't being so nice.
Now, Alex, finds a dead girl, sees a ghost, gets adopted by a group of young people who fancy themselves hunters and want her to help them track down the murderers. She also finds out that spooky stuff on TV are really spooky stuff in reality. She becomes a target of preternatural groups that believe shes a threat to their power base, God only knows why, and they want to see what she can do. She gets to meet vampires, Wolves, and Were things, some of which want to beat the crap out of her on a regular basis, but all done to prove a point of course. So, the Scooby gang (term that she uses for her friends), a representative of one of the vampire clans, the Wolf clan and a minor Were clan, pull together to help find the murderers, and thus put an end to their rampage on campus. Basically, because each of the clans have been implicated in the murders as well. To keep from being outed to the human world, they must ban together to find the culprits.
Once the murderers have been taken care off, then everyone will turn their attention back to Alex. After all, she's hiding something. She's just not sure what she's hiding. But she needs to find out before she ends up dead as well.
So there ya go. Jake's in it for love, Rachels in it for honor, Jason is in it for revenge, and maybe some loving, while our hero is in it for what? A sense of belonging? To help out her new friends? Naw, well...maybe.
I think in the beginning, it's to find out what the hell is going on and why it involves her. She doesn't want to be involved, but she is for some crazy reason. She's become involved with clans, with the Scooby gang and with the murders, and she doesn't really want to be involved with anything. I think at first she just wants to be left alone, but as she becomes close to her friends, she realizes that she's not just in it for herself anymore. She fears for her friends safety as well as her own. She also feels for the sad ghost-boy, whos murder left him trapped in a girls dormitory, or is he? Curiosity is a strong emotion, just like feeling needed, and both emotions are raging strong in Alex at the moment. What was the comment she makes when deciding if she should get involved. "Just how stupid can I be?" she asked, and then answers the obvious, "Pretty damn stupid it seems." And so the story of Alex Blackstones new life begins.