DAWN OF BLASPHEMY Bonus Material: ORIGIN STORY
The inspiration for The Blasphemer Series began when I was young. Dante Angeloft was somebody I came up with for a literary role-play I was participating in that dealt with Vampires and mortals. I wanted a mortal who was different than many I had come across before. With that, I kept working on the different aspects I wanted in his personality…what made him an artist, was he famous or not, did he have an easy life or a hard one, and why would he get involved with Vampires.
This character began like many others did for me — simple concept flushed out with details I wanted. I didn’t have any others to compare to make sure he was different enough. He sat on the back burner for years, never really getting used, never being talked about beyond those in the role-play group.
When I began working on the story that ended up being Maxwell Demon, the first in the series, I wasn’t sure if Mr. Angeloft would make an appearance or not, but I knew he would show up in some way eventually. I also knew I wanted him to be the main character. For me, Maxwell Demon was a story that told itself, but it wasn’t one that included Dante Angeloft, which is why he came in with Harvest.
Initially, Harvest’s story wasn’t what I had planned, but like many writers, the story changed as it was being written. Within the boundaries of character personalities, the story morphs into something you can’t always outline and plan. Some can consistently keep everything tamed and in place on an outline, but this isn’t something that always works for me. For the most part, anything I outline goes to hell in a hand basket, so I don’t bother.
The name The Blasphemer Series was a combination of many things. It seemed to fit best for what so many went through throughout the series. Blasphemy is defined by the Oxford Living Dictionaries as “the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk.” There was no better description for the series. I also grew up in a very religious part of the United States, so even writing material containing God, angels, or the devil was blasphemous.
Credit for the root of the series’ title can also be given to the character Dante Angeloft being called “blasphemous”, in original writings, for his controversial paintings depicting Christ on the cross, which he saw in a vision. It was this that stirred an interest from a Vampire, leading to his introduction into the “real world”.
I was a little fearful to even write the series because I knew some would assume I had no faith or belief in a higher power. I realized, after a long conversation with a friend, that it wouldn’t matter what I wrote. Someone would have an opinion of me no matter what.
The Blasphemer Series is about good versus evil, with the aspect that we can all do good and bad, we make mistakes, and we’re all struggling in one way or another. I like playing with the fact that what we may feel is a good deed, another may see as something bad.
I have built a world in which all the great monsters are right alongside Witches and Humans. When I began thinking about all this, it occurred to me that the world would be more realistic if all things, all beings, could be good and bad. What one believes is for the good, another may see as awful, evil, or unfair.
Maxwell Demon shows that even Angels can be damned, but can also fight against their damnation to prove they’re still worthy of Heaven. That not all Demons accept the norm to possess Human Beings because the reasons they do this, to punish Humans, is not a purpose for all. Historically, Vampires are evil, but that isn’t always the case. This book also details how the Clash of Angels wasn’t just for one reason, but many, those that fought had their own reasons to do so…some fought for the Nephilim, some for fought for the Humans, and some siding with Morningstar or Lucifer. All sides felt they were fighting for the right things.
Harvest, the second installment, explores a world directly affected by what has occurred in the first book. It shows worlds coming together because evil has destroyed the veil between the Mythical Realm and our world. This also sparks up old rivalries only calmed by diplomacy or unlikely friendships.
Ghosts is the third installment and is my attempt to give readers a more in-depth look into the world of Vampires, Werewolves, and even supernatural hunters. It’s full of darkness and evil, but goodness is very much a theme.
This book begins with what appears to be Vampires breaking treaties by publicly attacking a human to feed, but it’s found out to be a set-up by rogue Dire Werewolves working together. It’s quickly discovered that this is Kasdeja recruiting for the ultimate battle. This launches both worlds into the open for the first time in the modern age. The last time this was done, The Great War between the two species ended with the first of the Werewolves dying out, slowly reemerging into the modern shifting clans after a curse launched them back into existence.
The world is much different. The internet sends the attack out via social media and the new age of technology. Ghosts also shows a glimpse into the future that could be if something isn’t done. Dante does something that could ultimately kill him, but it’s a suicidal mission he’s willing to attempt in order to get the answers locked away in the possessed Briar’s mind.
The end of Ghosts will be a smooth transition into the fourth book, Descend. The final book of the series will be titled Ascend.
In interviews, podcasts, and private conversations, I’ve mentioned the books after Ghosts and how the story will unfold. However, only one person knows the twist that will occur. One will return at the end of Ghosts, and the other returns in the fourth book, but in only one instance does one of these original characters have be to be sought out. Originally, I had worked out timelines and stories for up to eight books, but as I began writing Maxwell Demon and Harvest, some things just had to be told earlier than planned for the series to be written smoothly.
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