One of the questions that I get asked a lot is, how did I come up with the concept for the Pytes. I normally answer that question by explaining that I came up with the idea when I was still a kid, something that I did to escape a bad situation, which is true, but there’s actually a great deal more to it.
When I was little, I used my imagination to escape, which meant that I got to fight Captain Hook and fly with Peter Pan and the lost boys through the clouds, I visited Santa Claus in the North Pole, and got to fight crime with Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers! But it also meant that I was able to scare the ever-living hell out of myself, lol.
Freddy Krueger, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and all those terrifying things that went bump in the night started grabbing my attention. They scared the hell out of me, but they also intrigued me. They made me curious. I started comparing movies, ideas, and picking out my favorite things about each horror movie. Vampires and werewolves quickly became my favorites and that probably had something to do with the consistency in the storylines and the historical aspects.
My favorite concepts were the old school ones, the idea that religious relics, silver, and garlic and all that good stuff could somehow protect you against an attack intrigued me. As the years passed, I started to play with ideas, started wondering about the “what ifs?” and couldn’t help but notice all those bad choices that characters tend to make in horror movies.
That had me wondering about a few things, like what would happen if a vampire had a child with a human, what that would entail and all the possibilities. Would it be human? A vampire? Or something in-between? Would the child have powers from the start or would the child be left vulnerable? During all of this the word Pyte kept playing in my head and I had no idea why, but I liked it, so I decided to focus on that.
My thoughts quickly shifted to what would it really mean to be immortal? To never have to worry about growing old, getting sick, or even dying and what that could ultimately mean. I played with this concept throughout high school and then, college and life happened, and it was put on the backburner and forgotten about for years.
After my son was born and I was able to experience how much fun a herniated disc pressing on my spine was, I found myself reading again, something that I hadn’t enjoyed in quite some time. I also once again found myself thinking about Pytes.
I started to take my old ideas, the concepts that I loved about horror movies when I was a kid and started to play with them to create the Pyte/Sentinel world. I decided to stick with the basics since I liked them so much, holy water, silver, etc. for the vampires and werewolves that helped make up this world. I added a few things, created rules, and expectations, but I also took it one step further and decided that vampires and werewolves didn’t have to be nefarious characters that were only out to destroy. I wanted them to play a bigger part in this world, to be participants instead of the designated bad guys.
Once I had the world established, I started running ideas through my head of how I could turn everything that made a Pyte powerful against him. The storyline for Tall, Dark & Furious was actually one of the first ideas that I played with. I started this book in 2009 and decided to let it wait until I was able to build the world up to the point that the reader could understand just how horribly fate had treated him.
For readers who enjoy paranormal romance with a twist.
For three centuries, Trace waited for this moment, imagined all the things that he would do to the Pack that tried to kill him, and now that he was free…
All he could think about was the woman that he’d claimed as his own. She was everything that he’d always wanted and once he had his revenge, he would make her his.
Sam had resigned herself to a lot of things over the years, being the town joke, blacking out at inopportune moments, and living with a dog that hated her, but what she hadn’t planned on was suddenly finding five large men destroying her basement, looking for a tomb that she never knew existed. In one moment, her life changed forever, leaving her to wonder how she was going to make it out of this alive.