Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Guest Post: Imagination: A Powerful Gift by Racquel Jones

Imagination: A Powerful Gift

Author Racquel Jones explains her love of supernatural characters and why she decided to create the world of the Haydens.

I wasn’t always into supernatural things. Growing up, everything was like a blur when it came to anything like monsters, fairies or vampires. Sometimes it still feels that way when it comes to what I love. One of my friends once called me a chameleon because I like a million things and can’t seem to stick to one. But, I’ll tell you guys what brought me fully into the supernatural world; Anime. Japanese animation. Yes, I know, for those who know what Japanese animation is would say it’s a bit obvious, but really it isn’t. When I began watching that, it helped me into the world of Manga, Japanese comics and later into the world of books.

My first book was in fact a fantasy book about elves. I don’t think I ever finished it, but it helped me get a grasp on what I really wanted to write about. Since then, I got the idea for Desolate City. Like most drafts, everything didn’t start out as it is in its final form. Vampires were my main focus. Then I began to throw other supernatural beings in there. I even researched things from all over the world. Nothing seemed to stick. That is, until I met one of my closest friends, Markia.

When I met her, I was at a loss of how I wanted The Albertos Series to go. I just wanted something different. She provided that for me. With her own story ideas, she helped me go further with this story than I ever thought imaginable. Vampires became a secondary thing along with werewolves, fairies and centaurs and I made something new. Well a few new things, but we won’t get into that just yet.

Later, while planning, I realized that despite making my own supernatural beings, I needed something else. Something that can help the story have a solid plot. That something became Haydens. If you were to ask me where I came up with the name, I would only be able to tell you that it came off the top of my head. Only later did I realize that it could be a person’s name. Oops. Anyway, it stuck with me so I kept it. Especially since it is the shortened name of Haydoria; a world from which is believed all Haydens—demons and the like—reign from. Everyone will learn more about that once the series progresses. What I can tell you is that I’ll be having my own little Hayden week on my blog soon. J So please look out for that!

What inspired me for the Haydens of the world was not only what used to be a favorite anime, Inuyasha created by Rumiko Takahashi, but also The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I adore both series and they taught me a lot about creating my own supernatural beings along with organizing them. And I seriously can’t forget Melissa Marr’s awesome Wicked Lovely series. That series helped me see fairies in a completely different light. In fact, if not for anime or any of these books, Desolate City wouldn’t have been born nor would have Haydens. I’m just thankful that there is anything supernatural in this world at all. I don’t think life would be as interesting. <3

About the Author: Racquel Jones has been a Michigander for 22 years now. She has a love for all things fantasy, art and the history behind it and comic book heroes. Since she was able to talk, she told stories to her friends rather it be fan fiction or her own original ideas. Right now, she is looking to one day expand her horizons into writing for comics and owning a branch of unique cafes/bookstores.

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Synopsis: After being invited to a party, Seiren never dreamed of being haunted by the Haydens--supernatural beings--of her city. She was suppose to forget about how they watched her every move days before. She was suppose to forget how everything went downhill after meeting a certain white eyed Hayden. But that would be too simple...

Ereshkigal, a group of powerful beings that all Haydens resent, have their sights on Seiren and Haydens from every corner of Black Phoenix will do everything in their power to stop them.

With the help of the gun-toting agent Luann and Hayden guardian Julius, Seiren must figure out her place in all of this and why she is literally running for her life

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