Let’s give a warm welcome to Meljean Brook. Meljean has created a powerful and fascinating world in The Guardians Series. DEMON BOUND is the newest addition to this wonderful, complex and compelling series.
Today Meljean is giving away 5 copies of Demon Bound to random posters.
There’s an adage for writers that says, “Write what you know.” Sadly, that means that anyone who reads my books probably thinks that I’m a sadistic, bwahaha-ing villainous sort (with, of course, a thin nose and twirling mustache) … because I am not very nice to my characters.
Oh, I love them to death, of course. And there are times, when I’m writing along and doing terrible things to them, that I think of another adage, one that my mother used to use every time she punished me: This hurts me more than it hurts you.
I try to tell that to my characters: This hurts me more than it hurts you.
But the truth is, I’m a liar. And I’m glad I’m putting them through hell.
I love it when characters have to face — and overcome — seemingly impossible obstacles on the way to their happily-ever-after. I’m one of those readers who is frustrated when every conflict in a book and between the characters could be resolved with a single conversation. No, I want our heroes and heroines to fight and earn that happily-ever-after. I want to see what they face, and I want to think: There’s no way they are going to make it through this. And I want them to make a believer out of me.
As I writer, I simply cannot give my readers anything less. So in my first book, Demon Angel, I pitted my heroine against Lucifer, and forced her to choose between the hero’s life and her soul. In my second, Demon Moon, I made it physically impossible for my cursed vampire hero to be faithful to the human woman he loves, and every moment they share is a treasure he knows will be gone too quickly.
And in my latest, Demon Bound, I have a heroine who has to make a terrible choice: either betray her fellow warriors and murder the strongest of all the Guardians, or let her soul be tormented in Hell’s frozen wasteland for eternity.
There are never easy answers. And I’ll admit that a few times as I’ve been writing, I’ve thought to myself: There’s no way they are going to make it through this.
Yet they always do — many times in ways that I don’t know myself until I see it coming. They have moments of weakness, but always find their strengths — individually and together. There are bittersweet moments, but there is laughter, too. But above all: they always fight, and they always persevere, and they always triumph in a celebration of love and romance.
If a book offers me that, how could I ever want anything more? And why would I ever write anything less?
And if my characters suffer along the way, the end will always make the journey worth it.
What book stands out in your mind as a story where the characters triumphed over impossible odds? Is there a character you love that had an impossible choice to make? And what is the last book that made you wonder: How are they ever going to get out of this?