Monday, August 26, 2013

Kelly Steel on Creating Folklore

Please welcome Kelly Steel to the blog today! Her debut novella was my very first venture into vampire stories and I asked Kelly to talk about how she created the fascinating folklore in her story!

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Do you believe in mystical characters? Supernatural beings? Witches and vampires?

I’ve always been intrigued so I wrote about a character named Leo, who was in love and on the verge of getting married. Then by a stroke of bad luck, he turns into a vampire.

We always get the advice to write what we know about, so how could I write about a
vampire? I did some world building. Gave them a home on an exotic island. However, that island couldn’t produce a vampire. Therefore, I had to bring him in from old England. And my imagination took over. I did a plot outline and then made Leo, my vampire fall for a nice girl. On the verge of proposing to her, he turns into a vampire. Now he couldn’t burden her with his immortal self. Then he discovers that his beloved is accused of witchcraft and is about to be burned. He sprints her away to a ship sailing for a British colony.

Then my editor pointed out that her research showed that the witch burning was truly over by the time this British colony was populated. So, my hero had to skip a century into time slip when he sprints his beloved to this ship! At my editor’s suggestion, I had to change my heroine’s name to an old English name. She is fabulous in her research and her critical eye for detail made my story that much richer.
About my story:

Forgetting about his mortal beloved who had died he lived for thrill and adventure now. While enjoying his massive wealth amassed throughout the years, his life is empty. Then he comes face to face with Eve and is drawn in. Eve is also attracted to Leo and they couldn’t help but give in to their desire and passion. Yet when the demon is unleashed then what would happen? Would Eve accept the person Leo is?

What would happen if you fall in love but for some reason that person is not who he really is? Would you walk away from your love?

One commenter will be getting a kindle gift copy of my ONE BITE LEADS TO ANOTHER.
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ONE BITE LEADS TO ANOTHER

After a spate of violence on his home island, Leonardo D’Silva returns home to find chaos on Lenuka Island. Who is responsible for this? And is the intriguing schoolteacher, Evelyn Hathaway connected to any of it? Face to face with Eve, Leo is taken back to the memory of his first love. Who was Eve? Was she a witch? And when Leo turns to his real vampire self after a night with Eve, will she still accept him?
Evelyn Hathaway is intrigued by the handsome Leonardo D'Silva, the benefactor of her school, whom she's met for the very first time. Handsome, sophisticated and oh, so gentlemanly, she can't get him out of her mind. She's never met him before, yet she senses a strong connection, a feeling that they've met somewhere before, in another time and place.  Who is this Leonardo D'Silva, with the hint of a demonic glint in his eye? Can it be possible...?

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Kelly Steel was born and brought up in the South Island of New Zealand. After her father’s retirement, her parents moved to warm and tropical Fiji, where she continues to reside.   She loves her adopted home and thrives in the warm friendly environment, both of the climate and of the people.
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It's a fun story! So, back to Kelly's question ... would you walk away from love if you discovered that person was hiding a major secret about his/her identity from you???

37 comments:

  1. With a gorgeous guy like Leonardo??! Hell, no! Pardon my French! He sounds like a fabulous wonderful catch and I'm all for love conquering all! Yes, in true romantic style, love must! Yay!!

    Good luck Kelly and huge congrats with your novella! Take care
    x

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  2. Nice concept and sounds like you've got a great editor, Kelly!

    Hmm. Would I walk away if the person I loved wasn't what he seemed? Yes, probably. This is why I'd make a very bad book protagonist! Ha!

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  3. Your editor was on top of things.
    I'd walk away if it was something extreme, like she turned out to be a he or something. Like to think I'd notice things like that from the beginning though.

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  4. You have to get those details right.

    If the relationship was just beginning, I'd walk away. I don't need the extra baggage.

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  5. Congrats Kelly. That's interesting how your editor found details that needed to change.

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  6. Old Kitty - LOL - too funny! Love really should conquer all!! :)

    Elizabeth - hate to admit it, but I'm probably right with you on that one - depending on the secret of course! :)

    Alex - yes - the kind of secret really matters!

    Diane - good point - too much!

    Natalie - editors are so important! :)

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  7. Thanks Jemi for having me visit you today!

    Hi Kitty! Yes Love conquers all at the end!

    @Elizabeth Yes, if you're not too invested emotionally, then you can walk away. Thanks for coming by!

    @Alex! Of course if it turned out to be something like that I would also expect to have known from the beginning!

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  8. @L.Diane Yes, who wants extra baggage? Thanks for coming by!

    @Natalie Thanks for coming along! My editor is very good at research!

    Thanks Jemi!

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  9. You're so very welcome, Kelly! It's been a pleasure having you here today! :)

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    1. The pleasure is all mine, Jemi. I'm enjoying myself here chatting with all your lovely friends!

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  10. Ah yes, it's so crucial to get those historical details right. I think that's why I like writing fantasy ;)

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    1. Hi Lynda,

      Yes. But while writing we just want the story down. Then research does become essential. Thanks so much for coming by.

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  11. Lynda - making up your own rules is great too! :)

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  12. Editors are helpful on so many levels! This was such an interesting post and it was great to learn about this book and author. :)

    If I find out that someone was hiding their identity I would probable walk away. Trust is important.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Jess

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    1. Trust is always important Jess. Thanks for coming by.

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  13. Jess - trust really is! And editors are really worth their weight in chocolate!

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  14. Well, you solved the historical issue very nicely! Good for you and congrats on your book.

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  15. Hi Jemi, hi Kelly!

    Depends on what the secret was!

    But I got a few shocks when I fell in love and I stayed. No regrets!

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    1. Yay! Maria. You got your happy ever after. Thanks for coming by.

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  16. Lee - she did, didn't she :)

    Maria - it totally does! Glad to hear you have your own HEA!

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  17. Great premise and you have a sharp editor.

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  18. Medeia - it is and she does!! :)

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  19. Sounds like just my kind of a read ;)

    Congratulations on the new release!

    Nas

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  20. I imagine there would be some trust issues to resolve, and no doubt I'd have a screaming hissy fit at them. But . . . if our love was strong enough—and they apologised nicely—I think we could see our way clear. :)

    Like the premise of your book, Kelly. :)

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  21. Nas - it's a fun story - I'm sure you'll like it!

    Sandy - screaming hissy fits sound kinda fun! I think you'd make a great character for a book! :)

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  22. Thanks for coming by Sandy and Nas!

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  23. I do believe in witches and find them entertaining especially the Macbeth type :)

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    1. Hi Dezmond.

      Thanks for coming by. I do hope you would try this story.

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  24. Dezzy - MacBeth is one of my faves :)

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  25. It is always so great when stories come together, and it is nice when people can help with things like that. (Like your editor did in helping you with the historical elements.)

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    1. Thank you Jack. It means a lot to have someone help.

      Good editors are very valuable.

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  26. Jack - Agreed - I can't even imagine doing a story (at least one that works well) completely alone :)

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  27. Creating the folklore is a part of the world building.

    Lee
    A Faraway View

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  28. Hi Arlee

    Thanks for coming by. I took some workshops on world building earlier.

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