Please welcome guest blogger Crista McHugh
Have you ever sat down to research something only to be attacked by a giant plot bunny? We’re talking plot bunnies of the horrible creature from Monty Python and the Holy Grail magnitude. The ones that leave your current WIP dripping blood like King Arthur’s knights.
As paranormal/fantasy/futuristic writers, we may not be as familiar with research as our historical brethren, but it’s amazing what story ideas you can find when digging into good ol’ fashioned research. For example, I’m sure most of us have read some myths or legends to get ideas for our story. My Steampunk Western, The Alchemy of Desire, was inspired by Lakota myth. We probably “borrow” ideas from Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and Dracula more than we realize. And these are natural places for use to find inspiration from our research.
But what about those odd things that we stumble across? For example, do any of you get bombarded by plot bunnies when you see a picture of the Cave of the Giant Crystals? (and no, this is NOT Superman’s secret lair)
I actually got inspired to write Kiss of Temptation from a documentary on the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii. The archeologists were examining the bones of the victims in Herculaneum and theorized that most of the victims had been burned alive. Of course, my twisted brain went, “How cool is that!” and immediately created a vampire character that was terrified of being caught in the sun and burned alive (because my vampires don’t glitter like disco balls – sorry Team Edward).
What were some of the more unusual things that inspired your stories? A coin? An outfit? A news article that made you go, “What if…?”
She currently lives in the Seattle area with her husband and daughter, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends. Her writing has won more than 20 awards.
Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she's had in order to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant and autopsy assistant.
And she's also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days.)
For the latest updates and to learn more, please check out her webpage at www.cristamchugh.com.
She was sent to make him burn…
The Kavanaugh Foundation, Book 3
It takes a witch to outwit another witch, so when Daniela finds herself in the catacombs of Rome intent on retrieving the legendary Staff of Octavius, she’s prepared to wield her innate fire magic to claim the staff and keep it—and its overwhelming power—from getting into the wrong hands.
All her Foundation training, however, never prepared her for Luc.
One breath of her scent is enough to reawaken a thirst Luc hasn’t felt in six hundred years. It’s enough to make him almost forget his vow to keep the staff out of the wrong hands—and to never give in to his bloodlust. The moment he touches Daniela, the last shreds of his humanity revive with a violent fury and drive him to claim her…blood, body and soul.
He’s her enemy. He’s arrogant and infuriatingly secretive. And his kiss makes her want things she shouldn’t—like abandoning her mission to spend eternity in his arms. Crossing that line, though, could not only send them up in flames…it could condemn all mankind to hell on earth.
Contains a smolderingly hot (literally!) witch, a sexy, brooding vampire, wild sex you want to sink your teeth into, and a sensually charged romance that spans several lifetimes.