Today’s post is a guest post by the lovely Patricia from patricialynne.com. Patricia is talking today about the inspiration for some very interesting characters she has created in her new novel, Abducted Life.
You can read more about Patricia at the end of the post, but for now, I’ll leave you in her very capable hands.
Alien Vampires and Werewolves
The inspiration behind Abducted Life was a dream about a vampire trying to escape aliens. And he was a vampire because the aliens made him a vampire. An alien vampire. I can’t remember much else in the dream, but alien werewolves must have had something to do with it because I woke up with the thought, “What if vampires and werewolves are because of aliens?” That led to the story and I had to flesh out what both would look like. There were a couple real life creatures that really inspired me, too. (There’s going to be talk of some animal anatomy, so I guess I should warn of mature content.)
Creating an alien werewolf
In Abducted Life, there is a scene were I describe the alien creature Savannah has been spliced with. She sees a bipedal animal covered in white fur with a dog-like snout. The image I wanted to portray was that of a classical werewolf. Although, this one doesn’t turn human when there’s no full moon. I also describe a certain body part that my beta readers said grossed them out. (That was intentional.) I had in mind cats and the fact that male cats have barbs on their penises for that scene. For the most part, Savannah’s looks don’t change. Her physical abilities and mannerisms are what’s effected. She’s faster and stronger, and gets the urge to procreate during the full moon. Another thing that she hasn’t really noticed, and it’s not in the story, is she’s developed an appetite for meat and often takes her steaks at medium rate to rare. Before she wouldn’t be caught dead eating something cooked below medium or bloody.
Alien vampires are real
When it came to Evan and alien vampires, I had one specific animal in mind: a sea lampray. Specifically, its mouth. I wanted Evan’s changes to be something he had to cover and in doing so would make him stand out in a crowd. It also had to be horrifying. He shrugs it off in the story, but it’s not an easy change to cope with as he makes it seem. As for the alien creature, what I had in mind was something aquatic. I imagined something like the opposite of whales which breath oxygen, but can spend hours under water. These creatures can spend hours on land, but only breath underwater and hold their breath when out of the water. But since Evan is human and breathes oxygen, he can’t breath underwater. If he had been a fish spliced with this creature that’d be a different story. 😉 Also, imagine something with a body like a crocodile, but the scaley skin isn’t as rough.
Savannah Janowitz’s perfect life was destroyed the night she and her boyfriend vanished without a trace. When she reappears a year later––alone––she’s a shell of her former self. Robbed of her popularity and her boyfriend, she has no memory of what happened to her. Savannah struggles to move forward as strange, new abilities manifest.
Evan Sullivan never gave extra-terrestrials much thought until the night he and Savannah were abducted. While Savannah’s memory was wiped clean, he remembers every horrific detail. Constantly reminded of the experiments that made him less than human, Evan hides in the shadows and watches Savannah rebuild her life without him.
But neither can let the other go. When their paths cross, Savannah and Evan finally see a glimmer of their old lives return. As they face what happened to them, they soon discover they aren’t safe. There’s more to fear than what’s hiding in the stars.
About the Author
Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn’t regretted a moment. She writes Young Adult under the name Patricia Lynne.
Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.
Thank you Patricia for sharing some of your inspirations with us today!
Don’t forget to check out Patricia’s blog and to go and buy her fab new book 🙂