Today I have author Sloan Archer on the blog
telling us about how she came up with her new book...
MONTGOMERY’S VAMPIRES BOOK ONE
RELEASE DATE: February 14, 2013
CATEGORY: Paranormal Romance Thriller;
Light Erotica Elements, Some Explicit Language,
SERIES NAME: Montgomery’s Vampires
WORD COUNT: Approximately 52,000 words
After graduating from the prestigious Dewhurst University, Mercy Montgomery finds herself in a bit of financial trouble: over $108,000 worth of financial trouble, in fact. She can’t find a job to save her life, and with bill collectors constantly at her heels, she has no idea how she will ever come up with the money needed in order to keep her head above water.
Mercy’s monetary worries seem to be over after a chance meeting with mystifyingly pale Michael Graves, who offers her a high-paying job at his company, Dignitary. But there’s a catch; the seemingly harmless Dignitary is an underground organization that offers human chaperones to wealthy bloodsucking clients.
As if congregating with the undead doesn’t make life complicated enough for Mercy, there’s a savage killer on the loose who appears to have a craving for her blood. Soon Mercy is torn between a dark and dangerous underworld of supernatural desire and a simple life of practicality, and business magnate Robert Bramson is the man she blames for her confusion. If he just wasn’t so damn sexy… And dangerous. As the killer closes in, Mercy realizes that she must make a decision. But will she make her choice too late?
The Birth of Mercy
Have you ever had one of those days when fate just sort of stepped in?
If so, you might like and relate to my story behind the making of Mercy’s Debt.
It all started a few months ago. I‟d had a fight with my then-boyfriend, and was having one of those awful days when nothing seemed to go right. So, I took a drive to clear my head. (Driving is such cheap therapy, don‟t you think?) Anyway, I was driving around and flipping through the radio stations, feeling sort of ratty and frustrated because I couldn‟t find any songs that I could sing along with.
Then, however, I came across a country station that had just started playing “Fancy” by Reba McEntire. I‟ve always loved the song, which is a brilliant combination of wretchedness, cheekiness, and rock-and-roll twang- and can Reba ever bring it! (The tune basically tells a story from the perspective of a poor but beautiful girl who is “turned out” to wealthy men by her mother, and thus moves herself “uptown.”)
So, there I was, driving down the freeway like a nut, belting “Fancy” out at the top of my lungs. I don‟t know how or why, but it was like a light bulb just came on above my head. I thought, “I should write a book like this.”
There were two lines in the song that really resonated with me: “She handed me a heart-shaped locket that said „To thy own self be true’” and “I might have been born just plain white trash, but Fancy was my name.” I took the concept behind the song and twisted it around, creating a character named Mercy who uses her brains to get out of poverty instead of her beauty, although she is still quite stunning. I also removed the sexual element from her occupation, making her a “chaperone” instead of an escort. The two lines from Reba‟s song are themes that are very prevalent throughout the book; Mercy struggles to stay true to her roots but, at the same time, she strives to be successful both professionally and romantically.
Still, I wanted to make the book extra-special and unique, with it being my first „real‟ work of fiction. So, I added a creepy, faceless murderer that pops in and out of the book, and a strong vampire element. Whether sexy or sinister, I‟ve always, always loved vampires. I will never tire of reading or writing about them!
Anyway, I first approached the book with the ambition of making it into a short novella. Then, though, I began writing, and the story just took off; it was like I was possessed! I fell in love with the characters, and wanted to keep adding more and more about their personalities, and soon, the book became a full-fledged novel.
Now, here I am telling you about it on Rose's book blog, and the book has been released with success, which is just amazing to me!
And that, my friends, is my story of how fate stepped in and showed me a little “Mercy.”
I‟m currently working on book two and three of the series. Book two begins with a serious bombshell that I think readers are going to love!
Thanks for having me on, Rose. And thanks to the readers who continue to support emerging authors. You guys are the best!
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mercys-debt-sloan-archer/1114569482?ean=2940016197678
ABOUT SLOAN ARCHER
Sloan Archer is a bona fide California native who works full-time as a writer, occasionally in the desert as an archaeologist, and has a ten-year employment history in marketing. She has been penning fiction since childhood; her first stories were spooky mysteries inspired by horror films and the howling coyotes on her family’s farm.
She is a seasoned world traveler whose journeys have taken her from Madagascar to Indonesia, and many countries in-between. In 2007 she founded a jewelry label, VIVI+VIVI, and received international recognition for her creations, her most coveted designs worn by celebrities and carried in trendy boutiques like Fred Segal in Los Angeles. In 2012, she closed her business to focus on her true love, writing.
When Sloan isn’t composing books, she enjoys traveling, running marathons, painting, reading, baking, and spending time at the beach. She is currently working on two novels: Mercy’s Doubt, the second installation of the Montgomery’s Vampires Series, and Lilac Coma.
WHERE TO FIND SLOAN
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sloan-Archer/e/B009EA75FU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1360635662&sr=1-2-ent
That's it for today's Author Guest Post!