Character Clip: Darien Nicodemeus

Hello to all my followers! I’d like you to meet Darien Nicodemeus, a Vampireas charming as his looks. Although not featured as much in The Dark World: Book 1 as he is in the rest of the series, he is an integral character (and one of my favorites).

Yes, he (like his twin brother) is African American. The above photo is a damn good depiction of how I see him in my head, if only darker.

Kicked out of the illustrious Vampire Order by Dracula shortly before The Dark World takes place, he lives quite the double life and is just as eager to claim the mysterious human woman, Alexandria Stone, as is anyone else in the series.

Cursed with a strange air ever since he learned of Dracula’s dark secrets, he is the outcast, finding himself at odds with the (main) cast of Vampires, although they don’t know that their goals are essentially the same.

He is a character you will want to keep your eyes on as the series progresses.

Keep your bite,

-S.C. Parris

(photo source: pinterest)

New Review on The Dark World!

Vera rated it 5 starsThis was the first book of the series that I read. I found the characters, locations and the story line to be extremely fabulous. I'm a great fan of mystery novels and can usually figure things out for myself, however, the ending was a complete surprise. I must say that even though this is my kind of book, the author went above and beyond my expectations.

Wahhh I had no idea she'd posted this November 23rd! I only just saw it this morning when I went to update my books on Goodreads Widget. Well, then! She was one of the Giveaway Winners, and I'm so overjoyed that she enjoyed it. Can't wait to see her surprise at the ending for The Immortal's Guide. ;)

Keep your bite!

-S.C. Parris

Goodreads Giveaway Completed!

The Immortal's Guide Goodreads Giveaway has been completed and the winner, Cathrine Ninteman has been sent her copy. Here's to hoping she enjoys it. Now, The Immortal's Guide is out on Amazon.com, and Kindle so take your pick!

Will update this post with a quick excerpt if you haven't read one already later on (I'm in my college library right now), and there's that!

Will be working on Judgment as soon as my brain calms down from writing-overload!

Keep your bite!

-S.C. Parris

Playlists

I've seen the number of writers who admit to having a writing playlist or a special playlist to help with their scenes, characters, writing out emotions, or even dialogue. And as of late, to me anyway, it's become this...thing. As though creating a playlist just to write or having one is absolutely beneficial to writing. And I know for some people it is, but when I get asked if I use a playlist to write and my response is in the negative, I get questions, like, "Why? Do you just write with no music?" As though music is some grand thing I find disgusting to my tastes. But it's not like that at all, for me. I just simply don't designate a set of songs when writing any work, The Dark World or no. I do, on occasion, listen to music while writing, but quite often my songs are on shuffle and the songs never (rarely) match up with the emotional intensity of the scene or what have you, and I find I write pretty damn good scenes for the context of the story (whatever it is) without that music to "put me in the mood" as it seems to do for so many people.

I guess I used to be like that. Needing something external to evoke a reaction out of me, more often in the emotional range, but with writing, as I began to do it seriously (and more frequently), I realized writing was not some sacred act that required I wait, sometimes for months at a time, before the "muse" visited me in my sleep or at the most inopportune time to write. I found I could sit here and dish out whole chapters, letting this "muse" work through my words, even if I didn't feel it at first. That's when I knew writing was a job, just like anything else, it had to be worked for, especially if one planned to make a career out of it.

Time must be made  to write, and sometimes, yes, laziness does have to take a back seat. If your characters are not moving in a direction you want them to go, find a new direction. It is truly just that simple. Playlists, by all means, can help this, I'm not saying they can't, but to have to have one in order to write is when I start ringing my absurdity bell.

If you truly wanted to write, be a writer, whatever you want to call it, you'd be doing it. And you'd eventually force yourself to do away with the "muse" or the "need" to have a playlist and you'd just - do.

That said, I'm just about wrapping up The Immortal's Guide, and even with nature's set backs, I've stuck to my outline (that's another post in itself), and have fully accomplished every thing I set out to do with this novel (and most of that was writing two whole chapters a day/night, what have you).

So, no I don't need a playlist to write, I find I can carry a scene if the characters are actually speaking to each other, and wholly invested in what they are undergoing at the moment. For me, it's all about actuality. "Why is this person upset?" And just how long will they stay that way if this other person says something to further upset them?

I try not to force anything in my writing. That is quite obvious, I believe, when things are forced, if they don't tie in with the nature of the story.

That said, playlists aren't for me - I prefer to play things by ear, as I've had to with Hurricane Sandy. (Why are they calling it a SuperStorm?)

The Immortal's Guide releases November 30th, of this year. And there's a giveaway for one free pre-release copy.

Keep your bite.

-S.C. Parris

Expanding Outlets and Individual Facebook Pages

So I'm on Goodreads (finally),

I've updated my Amazon Author Central Page,

and I've added separate Facebook pages for The Dark World,

Judgment,

and soon to be The Rather Depressing Tales of Patricia L. Bordeaux, and The Immortal's Guide.

I'm expanding and making former maybe ideas into something much more concrete! If you're on Goodreads, add me as a friend and maybe send me a message? I love to talk to fellow writers and people in general!

Keep your bite you lovely Creatures!

-S.C. Parris