I have a character in Mysterious Warriors named Black Hood. She is a "foxy female pirate with one bloody red eye." (First description I wrote about her.) She soon became the younger sister of the fearsome pirate Captain Brutis. Black Hood, real name will be revealed in Mysterious Warriors books, was a character who I developed in two nights. She was inspired at work during a very cold night.
I work at Costco, and I'm in the Member Service department, which means I'm one of those people who either ask to see a membership card when someone enters or check the receipt when someone exits. I work with some very incredible people. This particular night was extremely cold, so we were all bundled up. I was wearing my nice, warm Kenneth Cole coat, scarf, gloves, and my handy, dandy headband which covers my ears to keep them warm. But I was still cold. I was on the exit door, across from my co-worker Sandra. She was also bundled up, which was very rare, but proved how cold it was. On the entrance side, my co-worker, Sarah, was shivering in her black O'Neill hoddie. It had extra lining, but it wasn't keeping her nearly as warm as she wanted.
It was a very slow night.
Oh. I should mention that the night before, while at home, Sarah had bursted a blood vessel in her right eye. So when she looked at someone, especially from the right side, it was through a creepy eye with almost no white in her sclera, it was all red.
So when Sarah would look at Sandra and me over the small gate between us, all we saw was this blood red eye. Naturally, it was the joke, and main topic, of the night. And since Sarah was freezing, she wore her hood for the last hour or so of work.
Black Hood was born that night. Sandra came up with Black Hood's true first name. That night, I came up with a preliminary backstory for Black Hood. The next night, still being inspired by Sarah's bloody eye, I ended up writing a two-page full backstory for Black Hood and Captain Brutis, including what was going to happen to the characters in my books. (Mysterious Warriors is just the first Quartet. I have six planned.)
So writers, take inspiration from your surroundings, your friends, your family, co-workers, life, nature, sights, sounds... Black Hood is now one of my favorite bag guys in my book series. (Yes, Sarah knows Black Hood is a bad guy. She thinks it's awesome.)
A good friend of mine, Fern McCostigan, is a blogger. He currently writes for Bubblews and Wikinuts.
He started blogging on the yahoo Contributer Network, but he has now moved onto his currently blogging sites.
His favorite subject to blog about is wine and soccer, which are his expertise. He also blogs about politics.
Fern is a talented writer, and we have worked together many times. I have learned a lot about soccer from reading his articles. He knows what he's talking about.
Thank you Fern for writing a blog about my book. I am so blessed to have such good friends!
To read his blog, go to: http://www.bubblews.com/account/83082-ferncost14
I now have a new "favicon" logo for my website, and my logo will appear on many of my books. I want to thank Megan Webster for making my logo! She also edited the cover of Mysterious Warriors: Unity.
Megan is a very talented young woman. She has a degree in Advertising and Graphics from the Art Institute of California. She specializes in photo retouch, branding, logos, and graphics.
She is the mama of her precious cat: Peekaboo. She works part time in the photo lab at Costco and at the door where she is kind, caring, and provides excellent member service. She loves to travel, snowboard, take photos, and spend time with her friends and family.
She is professional and artistic. Megan did everything I asked her to, and everything turned out better than I expected. Her work was done quickly and efficiently.
I highly recommend Megan. You can contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, I'm going to the Fall Conference put on by the San Diego Christian Writers' Guild. I am thrilled to be able to attend. I went last year for the first time and learned so much. My favorite workshop was called "Speculative Fiction: Some of us are just weird" and put on by Jeff Gerke. That workshop changed how I form my fantasy worlds and opened my eyes to exactly what I need to include in a book (like cities for my fantasy world... as well as a million other things).
This year, I can't wait to find out what God has in store for me. I am planning to promote myself more (since I have two books out, that will be easier) with business cards. I hope to speak to more people and get lots of feedback.
If you missed getting my book, Mysterious Warriors, for FREE on Kindle the day it came out, don't worry. It's going to be free two days this month!
Lunette, the People’s Warrior, has come to Whitehaven. Now she’s working with Bonfire, a hot-headed hero who’s more likely to hurt than help the people he’s protecting. Lunette and Bonfire along with Strike, a woman with powers and a mystery of her own, Cabaya, a strong archer, and Marryn, an axe-wielding woman in love, must learn to work together and trust one another to protect Whitehaven against the criminal organization of the Xanites.
Princess Rachel Colville of Zorba’s Reach is a prim and proper princess who follows orders, even if she’s being forced to marry Prince Gary Naxison of Ada’s Circle. Rachel, along with her sister and her maid, travels to Ada’s Circle to meet her betrothed. Now Rachel has two years to fall in love with Gary, the betrothed she has nothing in common with, but will Prince Rodger, the younger twin brother who seeks her affection, be the one to catch her heart?
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