Okay , so I've been thinking about this post for a while and I think now is a great time to write it. It is something that I just want to get off of my chest.
First I just want to say thank you to everyone who bought a copy of Bound, I truly appreciate it, even if you ended up hating the book.
Second, I want to let readers who actually liked Bound where the series is going and why I chose to write it the way I have.
I didn't choose the concept of voodoo because I thought, hey it's never been done before, I chose it because I am fascinated by it and really find it so rich and complex, I think it deserves to be explored a bit more especially in books. However, I didn't want it to become a boring history lesson or anything so I decided to make the series a bit humorous, threw in the Dumptys and gave the spirits their own personalities. But, I did spend a lot of time researching the spirits, yes, in voodoo Erzulie, Bade and Brise all do exist.
I made the book light but still wanted to touch on real themes that are historically important to New Orleans like slavery , racial/class differences/amazing food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When I wrote Bound, I wanted the book to be about Arelia, the Arelia show. I wanted it to be about her struggle to accept her destiny and all the confusion that it brings.
I didn't want her to just walk into Darkwood and say "Cool I'm a voodoo queen! Yay Lucus is so hot, I'm in love with him." Instead, I tried to put myself in her shoes and tried to see what I would have done at 16. Basically, I would have been emotional, irrational and very confused. If someone told me I was destined to be a great voodoo queen today, I would still be irrational, confused and emotional.
The relationship Sabrina and Arelia have is realistic in my opinion because it's the one I have with my best friend. she's not rich or anything, but we fight and argue and bicker, but in the end we still love one another. I don't think I would be best friends with her if it were a fairy tale type relationship.
So in the first book we find out that Lucus is well, you know....cursed.
In Punished the focus will be more on Arelia's powers and the spirits, a lot more about Lucus, Ivan and Louis Beau and their complex history as well as more focus on Arelia/Lucus.
In Possessed the focus will be on Mad Marie. Her history and New Orleans during her time period. Lucus' parents a bit more. We won't really see a lot of the mystery girl that Lucus/Louis were in love with just yet. The ever evolving relationships between Arelia/Lucus/Louis/Ivan/Sabrina will continue to grow. New spirits and ghosts. Maybe someone will die, not sure yet though.
UPDATE!!!! Wow onto book #4 and the series has taken on a whole new life. Book #4 is called Oppressed and a majority of it will take place in 1800's New Orleans!!!
Yay!!! new characters and relationships will come out to play. Spirits, scandal and of course history, angst and some doomed love stuff.
I want to thank all of my readers without your support none of this would be possible. I know this series doesn't exactly go with what's trendy right now given it involves history and voodoo not vampires and werewolves so thank you all!
Anyways that's all I have to say sorry about the long post guys!!!!!!