by M.D. Neu
I want to thank the folks here at The Blogger Girls for having me here to start my Blog Tour for The Calling. With the story being out now for a couple of weeks I’ve been asked how I came up with the idea for this story. I thought I would answer that question here.
I started with my main character, Duncan. Duncan is an everyman. He could be your brother, your cousin, your best friend, or he could be that guy you pass every day on your way to the office. He is meant to represent all of us. It doesn’t matter who you are, or who you love, you should be able to see something of yourself in Duncan. At least that is my hope.
As for the story idea, when I was a kid and even now I love vampires and vampire stories. I watched and read everything I could about these amazing creatures. However, the issue I have with these stories was that we were expected to believe that vampires could exist in our modern world. Given we have cameras in everything and that we are watched 24/7 I wondered how vampires could really be. How could you have a pack of vampires kill people without anyone ever finding out. How would social media play into this? What if someone live streamed a vampire attack and the video went viral? How would vampires keep their secret?
Now that I had my main character and an idea of my story I needed to come up with a location. I picked my hometown of San Jose, California, which is the heart of the technology. I thought it would be fun to set the book in a technology hot spot and poke a little fun at other better-known cities. And I really wanted to highlight San Jose and other local towns. I wanted to show people just what an amazing place this area of the country is and why we are so blessed to live here.
With my main character, my setting and my story idea (vampires and witches, which I always felt complimented each other), I started to populate my story and began writing. I outlined the story and planned my world’s lore. The final product, which I’m hoping people will enjoy is, The Calling. Continue reading