Oh, The Agony And Ecstasy Of…Research
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When I sat down and plotted out The Earth Angels series, I had a germ of a story idea—a concept about mostly human people who had angelic DNA floating around in their makeup. This would make them the 21st-century remnants of an ancient race found in biblical mythology known as the Nephilim.
The problem—I didn’t know a ton about angels other than halos, harps and that they liked to wear Victoria’s Secret lingerie. So my first stop was an encyclopedia of angels (yes, there really is such a thing :P ).
Why didn’t someone tell me there were bazillions of angels who take care of everything that happens in heaven and on earth??? And their abilities? Holy cats. There’s an angel for EVERYTHING. If there’s a supernatural ability out there in the modern world of fiction, an angel’s probably already displayed that power thousands of years ago. There were so many angels/abilities to choose from, I became overwhelmed and had to take a step back from all the research I’d done (translation: I took a nap :D ).
Eventually though, as my poor brain twitched at all the info I’d crammed into it, some pretty fascinating characters began to emerge from the chaos.
The first book in The Earth Angels series is NOBODY’S ANGEL, and its Nephilim hero, Zeke Reece, is a descendant of an angel of death. Naturally, Zeke’s powers pertain specifically to an angel that deals with spiritual beings. But while Zeke kicked off the series (and my concept of modern-day Nephilim), he wasn’t the first character who appeared in my mind’s eye. That pushy character who insisted on introducing herself before anyone else was Sara Savitch, the heroine of SAVAGE ANGEL.
Sara’s descended from the Seraphim, known poetically as the Burning Ones. The Seraphim are the six-winged angels created to do one thing—protect the throne of God, so basically they’re the Secret Service bad-asses of heaven. They’re hard-wired to protect at all costs and be the perfect soldiers when it comes to defeating the rebels (demons). Before I knew it, I had a character named Sarafinah “Sara” Savitch standing at parade-rest in my mind, a private bodyguard hired to protect the father of her one-night stand, Gideon Mandeville. The reason why she has to stand guard over this older man? There’s something threatening him that may or may not be demonic, and it was this hint of demon that kicked off all the other stories in the series.
In a single day, I wrote out the entire Earth Angels outline, and it was all thanks to Sara. And while she’s the perfect soldier, this is the only area in which she excels. When it comes to the social skills most of us take for granted, Sara’s utterly lost. The poor dear is self-conscious and awkward, and whenever she’s in the presence of Gideon, she gets a terrible case of the blush-covered stutters. But this is what makes her human, which is what she and the other Nephilim are—they see themselves as humans, who have an obligation to use what little angelic DNA they have to fight evil when and where they find it.
Though ultimately, they don’t have to go looking for this evil. In SAVAGE ANGEL, it becomes apparent that it’s coming to look for them. Big time.
Question: Generally speaking, is accurate research important to you when reading any genre of book, or are you not picky about things being absolutely factual?
Book two in The Earth Angels
Feel nothing. Sara Savitch's personal mantra has been hard to live by ever since her torrid one-night stand with army doctor Gideon Mandeville. Descended from the Seraphim, angels known as heaven's soldiers, Sara may be an expert fighter, but she's an amateur when it comes to relationships.
Physically unharmed, but still battle-scarred, Gideon has returned to Dallas in the hopes of regaining his faith in humanity—and in himself. Instead he's walked into a nightmare. His father is on a serial killer's hit list, and has hired a personal bodyguard—the very woman who has haunted Gideon's dreams for a year.
As Sara works to build an impenetrable fortress around her client, she yearns to tear down the one around Gideon's heart. With his bitter rejection of warriors, will he ever be able to accept her true nature? Sara must find a way to trust Gideon with her secret as the killer closes in…
Marking the sun so she wouldn’t throw a shadow over the intruder to warn him of her presence, Sara rounded the bush and snuck up behind him in a fluid movement no ordinary human could ever hope to beat. She pressed her front to his back, hooking her left arm under his to lock her hand behind his nape, while the hand holding the knife went right for the throat, laying the flat of the blade against the jugular. He jumped and struggled, then hissed when a flick of her wrist stood the deadly edge of the blade against his skin to slice it like butter.
“Hey, soldier boy.” Once again pressing the flat of the blade to the wound to show him just how much in charge of the situation she was, Sara spoke into the ear closest to her. “If you’re looking for somebody to play war with, I’m available. Wanna have some fun?”
A disdainful grunt was the intruder’s answer before he threw his head back, butting it against her cheekbone. Stars bloomed like fireworks before her eyes even as the world went end over end.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By the age of fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true.
Stacy Gail –Website: http://stacygail.blogspot.com/
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