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I've been writing forever, but it wasn't until the summer of 2006 that I fell in love with writing and refused to quit. That was the year I finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and started writing my own story, which soon became a series -- a project I continue to work on 'till this day.
It is a series that deals with Vampires, their destroying state of existence, the climb to humanity, past humanity, to Godhood. It is a struggle any person who claims spiritual work can identify with wholly. If one is not spiritual, and I don't mean "I read the Bible, spiritual," then one must think a bit harder on the true meaning of what I write, for it is not just what it appears to be on the surface, but what ever is?
I desire to push buttons, to change minds, to become my absolute best in everything I do. Writing is not my hobby, nor is it my job. It is Me. Every day I sit before the computer and flesh out the world I have created, the characters that exist within this world, I am placing a bit of myself, my history, my soul onto the pages. Indeed, some may even say it is not me who writes, it is as though I am possessed, and I MUST get this story out -- I am not in control.
I do not plan the story, I do not know the intricacies of the plot until I delve further in, lose several chapters to stupidity, carelessness, cry myself to sleep because a certain chapter is not what I desire it to be and I can't figure out for the life of me what it SHOULD be, and until I give of myself completely. Only then does the plot and what the character's must face show itself to me and the story unfolds as it should.
The first book, The Dark World (title pending) took me 14 months to write, not including the year or two that I took to go back and edit, edit, edit. The second book took me about a year or two to START after I'd finished the first one due to school and other things, yet I have found the story's place and it is moving along smoothly. I expect to be done with it in the middle of next year (2011).
I do desire this series to be published, for I believe it is beyond good, it is something everyone needs a dose of. My story has been done before, I am sure, yet there is a voice within that won't allow me to quit writing this, until it is out for all to see.
There shall be four books as of now.
I am currently writing (along with The Immortal's Guide), Dracula's story as his is the glue that ties all of these books together, truly. If you ever read the first one, you'd understand. The first book can bought here: Link.
Along with this series, I have a few other novels in mind and shall post more about them when the moment arises.
My words may be dark, may be "odd," but woven together you begin to see the bigger picture, the large "whole" of what I do. Yes, I find beauty in death, I find pleasure in the sadistic, in the "insane," I enjoy it's company greatly and most of my work has to do with these themes. I cannot write a "coming of age" story about a teenage girl or what have you that does not deal with a supernatural creature of some kind; it's just absolutely boring to me. I blame Harry Potter.
I've loved and watched Vampire/Horror movies since I was in my mother's womb (she's told me this plenty of times and has used it to explain my "odd" nature), and I remember watching Bram Stoker's Dracula and absolutely falling in love with the mystique and ethereal character that was Dracula. It was enchanting, terrifying, and alluring all at the same time and I've never thought twice about it was I was to write about when I ran to write my own story. I never planned to write about Vampires, it simply happened, there was nothing more for me to write about. That was my niche -- it has always been.
And it may very well always be.
That's all there is to me. Thanks for reading.
Sheron Parris (S.C. Parris)