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The Adelheid Chronicle: December 5th, 2016

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The Adelheid Chronicle will post the first week of the month to discuss interesting facts about the series, the setting, its creation, about current and future releases, teasers, etc.,

About Adelheid

So…I published Cameron’s Law in December of 2011. That means, as of this post, I’ve been publishing Adelheid stories for five years. A lot has happened in my life since then, and a lot has changed. I’ve learned a lot about writing and publishing, and I hope with that learning has come improvement.

The final stories on this seven-story group are now up for pre-order. As I’ve said here and there, the last of these–Ashes–may in fact be my last Adelheid story. It will mark sixteen novels/short stories written in the city of Adelheid with this cast of characters, and that’s quite a few. It has always lingered in my mind as my “main” series, and now would like to be quiet for a time.

Because while Adelheid has been around for five years, the stories and characters have been in my head for much longer. I started the first iteration of what would later become this series back in 2002. It’s been a long time, and we’re all a little tired of one another, quite frankly. I know Dakota is…

It might not be the end. I’m not willing to truly shut that door, but it will be shelved at the least for a while. To allow me to work on other stories and new series. Two I have planned will be in the same “universe” as Adelheid, so I hope that you will stick around with me! I look forward to new towns, new characters, new sarcasm, and fun. 🙂

Thank you to everyone who has visited Adelheid over the past five years, and to all those to visit in the future.

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The Adelheid Chronicle: November 7th, 2016

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In Memorial

 

Today would have been my grandmother’s 84th birthday, but she passed away on September 3rd. Although we weren’t close in the way many other grandmothers and granddaughters were, the loss has been difficult. She was always very supportive of my writing, even when she didn’t always “get” it. But today’s “The Adelheid Chronicle” is dedicated to her because it’s her birthday, and the story I want to share.

She actually started watching “Angel” on television before I really knew much about it. But she knew it was vampires and magic, and that being what I wrote, it made her think of me. One day, I came home to find a box. In the box were all five seasons of “Angel” on DVD, and a note that said, “This is to help you with your writer’s block.”

I watched the hell out of those DVDs, and wrote. I still have the note too. It was out of the blue, but very important. Today, I want to remember that support.

 

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The Adelheid Chronicle: October 10th, 2016

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Hunter’s Point

I’m happy to finally give you a little more information about the next series I’m planning to write, which will be a series of paranormal cozy mysteries. Think… Murder, She Wrote with vampires! How can that not be cool, right? I get to talk about it here, since while it’s not in the Adelheid series or city, it is in the same universe.

It will be primarily set in a city called Hunter’s Point, Maine, in the United States of post-Cameron’s Law existence. 🙂 I may have Adelheid characters make visits and cross-overs, which could be fun. The series will follow a narrator named Victora ‘Vic’ Morgan as part of a cast of character who, frankly, amuse me. I hope they’ll amuse you too!

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The Adelheid Chronicle: September 5th, 2016

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Apex

As the next Adelheid book draws nearer, here is a quick taste of it…

Being liked is highly overrated.

There are people–certain people, a very few people–who I love, and I would put myself in front of a train for them. That does not, however, mean that I always like them, nor do I always want them to like me. Yet the world is obsessed with liking and being liked, and it’s just fucking overrated. You know what comes with being liked? Work. That’s what. And stress. And cooties, yes, I said it.

In my case my cheerful demeanor hasn’t given it away, my name is Dakota. I’m a bounty hunter that chases down the things that go bump in the night, or in the woods, or in the parking lot of the local supermarket. If there’s a supernatural beast making a nuisance of itself, I’m the one that gets hired to go hunt it down. Sometimes that “beast” is humanoid, like a vampire. Two legs, four legs, twelve legs, I don’t give a damn. Give me something to hunt, and I’m gone. That’s how it is and how I like it.

But it seems for a while now, people have been trying to make me be…nice, and social, and likeable. God, I hate it.

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The Adelheid Chronicle: August 1st, 2016

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A Hint at the Next Book

Any guesses what this might mean for the next Adelheid volume? (Aside from there being seven stories.)

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The Adelheid Chronicle: July 4th, 2016

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Happy July 4th from Adelheid!

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The Adelheid Chronicle: May 9th, 2016

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What is in a Name?

Fun Fact: I’m not the type of writing who always finds meaning to impart on my characters’ names, but every now and then I do. Sadie Stanton happens to be one of them who does, however. Sadie was the name of my grandmother’s mother, and Stanton was the name of my paternal grandfather. 🙂

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The Adelheid Chronicle: April 4th, 2016

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Inspiration

One question often asked of authors is: what was your inspiration?

Obviously, every story and every character has their own specific inspirations. Writers pull from many different threads in their inspiration, but then work on their own thoughts. Not that anything is truly original anymore, but we get as close as can be. I can, however, track the inspiration for the series on a whole to certain authors and series I read as a teen.

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

There isn’t much specific from this book–I read the first three in the series–that translates into Adelheid, but Rice’s books were a big reason why I started getting into vampire fiction in the first place. That’s why the first spot in this list belongs to her.

The Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton

Next on the list are these books. They introduced me to the idea of a world where the supernatural species are known and could be a business, although I thought she missed certain opportunities. Those were what made me start to explore the ideas that would (many years later) become Cameron’s Law and the Adelheid Series.

I fell off reading later on. While unlike many readers, I had no issues at all with Anita’s romantic life, the character had always been a bit hypocritical and when she started becoming intolerably so with her lovers (that I didn’t think she deserved, they were too good to her), I couldn’t read anymore. Trusted friends have told me she’s gotten over that, so I may pick them back up.

The Vampire Files by P. N. Elrod

I don’t know where Hamilton or Elrod was the bigger inspiration, but this was the second big one. Her narrative style and the vaguely “hardboiled” feel to her main character were big inspirations. I also loved how later in the series, when her main character is severely traumatized, she does not just brush it off in the next book. I’ve read all of the ones I know about, though I may need to go hunting to make sure I’m still caught up.

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The Adelheid Chronicle: March 7th, 2016

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Casting the Adelheid Movie!

Some authors have actors in mind while they write as their “image” for the character. I usually don’t do this, although I have on occasion. But even if I look for the image later, I always enjoy putting the two together. I like seeing them from other authors, because it’s like, Cast the Movie. So, here’s the Adelheid movie!

Sadie Stanton-Johnston, Vampire, Owner of the Stanton Agency (Actress: Rhona Mitra)

Sadie

Dakota, Theriomorph, Hunter for Stanton Agency (Actress: Mariska Hargitay)

Dakota

Vance Johnston, Weretiger-turned-Vampire, Detective for the Adelheid PD (Actor: Dominic Purcell)

Vance

Madison St John, Werewolf, Secretary for Stanton Agency (Actress: Kaley Cuoco)

Madison

D, Vampire, IT Guy & Animator Bodyguard for the Stanton Agency (Actor: Chris Evans)

Chris Evans

Nykk Marlowe, Human, Victim’s Advocate (Actress: Sarah Carter)

(*Note, this is without the scarring she has in the books.)

Nykk

Donovan, Human, Summoner for Stanton Agency (Actor: Jesse Williams)

Donovan

Cassandra, Vampire (Actress: Hayden Pantierre)

Cassandra

Albine ‘Abby’, Vampire (Actress: Dakota Fanning, young)

Abby

Edward, Theriomorph, Dakota’s Brother (Actor: Charlie Hunnam)

Edward

Jackson Lang, Human Psychic (Pyrokinetic), Special Agent for the FBI (Actor: Danny Pina)

Jackson

Jade, Vampire, Coven Leader (Actress: Maggie Q)

Jade

Lorelei, Human, Dog Rescue Owner

Lorelei

Lucia, Human Psychic, Animator for Stanton Agency (Actress: Katrina Kaif)

Lucia

  Samantha ‘Sam’ Moore, Human Psychic (Psychometric), Detective for the Adelheid PDSam

 Shayna Harel, Vampire, Coven House Head Warden (Actress: Noa Tishby)Shayna

Posey Kai, Fae, Special Agent for the FBI

(*Note, yes, I know, but this Anime character is who I see when I write for her.)

Posey

Quintus, Vampire, Owner of the bar 5 (Actor: Kevin Grievoux)

Quintus

Gabriel Raines, Werewolf, Adelheid Pack Leader (Actor: Karl Urban)

Chance Landry, Weretiger, Preternatural-Heavyweight Boxer (Actor: Jared Padalecki)

Chance

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The Adelheid Chronicle: February 8th, 2016

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About the Theriomorph

The character of Dakota was inspired entirely by a single entry, only a paragraph long, in The Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings, of which I own the first edition version.

The Theriomorph: “A theriomorph is one who has perfected the ability to shift from animal form to human form and back again whenever he or she wishes. A theriomorph who has mastered such physical transformations at will would be a true shapeshifter in the classic sense. Many contemporary students of metaphysics and Native American medicine power term themselves “spiritual theriomorphs,” recognizing an inner identification with a particular animal as a guide or mentor, much as traditional shamans perceive the transformative powers of their personal animal totem.

Upon reading that, I thought that it would be fun to have a shape-shifting character that was not bound by the “messy” limits, and limited forms, of other shifters, like the werewolf. One who could change quickly and smoothly, and into any animal form they wanted. Initially, in the first incarnation of Adelheid, Dakota could only change into animals. (This is the implication of the description above.) But later, I thought that this was silly. If she could become any animal then why could she not take on other human forms?

However, I knew that this would make any character who was very powerful. Since Adelheid is already overpopulated with so many powerful characters, I wanted to limit myself on the number of this one. That’s why Dakota and her family (past and present) are the only ones that any of them even know about, and even their origins are unknown to themselves. Are there more in the world? Maybe, but for now, Dakota doesn’t know them.

This is something that might be explored in future stories, but for now, it makes Dakota all the more cantankerous to not know. And she’s more fun that way. 😉

 

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