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Thursday, April 04, 2013

The Blood Feud Universe

The Blood Feud world has a back story and a lot of history going on there, but then it's full of all kinds of different peoples. The first story, BLOOD FEUD, featured a vampire heroine and a demon hero, and since that time, I've introduced the human contingent—demon slayers, the vampire hunters and the wizards. And one of the proposals I have under submission introduces another species (not a shifter).
As an intro to the world that I've been spending quite a bit of time in, vampires and demons fought a war that ended eight hundred years ago. They are still largely enemies and BLOOD FEUD is the beginning of trying to heal that breach.
The demon slayers come in with the second story, DEMON KISSED. The slayers recruit specific people to their ranks, and while there's not outward tie, they are run by the same group that gives orders to the vampire hunters. They make their first appearance in SHADOW'S CARESS.
Each of the stories can have a hero or heroine from any group. Same thing with the villains—they can be anyone or anything. I like the ambiguity because real life has plenty of it.
ENEMY EMBRACE introduces the wizards and not necessarily in a good way. In this story, we find out that the wizards are out for themselves first, last, and always. They're not the villain in this piece, but it introduces another group with ambiguous aims.
The story I'm writing now in the world? The h/h are both wizards. Also, two of the other stories I have under submission involve wizards as well, but it's really the story I'm working on now that gets into the problems in their world.
One of the other things I like about the ambiguity in bad and good is that each hero and heroine, depending on which group they belong to, has their own viewpoint about the other groups. It also shows the characters by spotlighting what interests them or what they observe in the world.
What I mean by this is that different h/h don't think about or even mention some of the groups because they're just not a blip on their radar screen. In BLOOD FEUD, the slayers and hunters aren't part of the equation that the h/h are dealing with so they don't worry about them. Their focus is on the demon who's killing the vampires and preventing another war from erupting. Same with the other books. The h/h's voice and viewpoint drives what comes out and who they think about and that's the way it should be if a writer is being true to who their characters are, IMO.

Characters don't think things like: Hey, I'm hunting the evil murdering demon, but let me wax poetic about the wizards even though they're not in this story and have no bearing on it. That's totally cheating character viewpoint. Again, this is IMO and I'm sure there are writers that disagree with me, but if Point of View is being done correctly, the writer shouldn't be interjecting herself or what she thinks the readers need to know about the world. It should flow naturally from the characters.