(Dulcea’s Rebellion, #1)
Publication date: October 10th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Some things never die. Hope. Heroes. Defiance.
Things take a strange turn for Dulcea, the elven enchantress turned war heroine and Dragonmistress, when a countryman’s betrayal lands her in enemy hands.
As she awaits her execution, a stranger with mysterious powers offers her another chance at life. Will she die here or risk what sinister fate he has in store for her?
Can Dulcea reclaim her rightful place and lead her army once more? Or does Krath, the man who travels the Realm of the Dead as one of its own, prove to be the obstacle that fells her rebellion?
… Or will this immortal vampire warrior turn out to be the best chance she has of defying the ancient evil arising in the west?
“I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here.” (Who besides me has this fridge magnet; raise your hand!)
That’s sometimes what it feels like. Who says stories aren’t real? I live in the land of the Midnight Sun and Polar Nights, together with my husband and daughter, and a cast of fantasy characters running around in my head. It’s busy here. Care to stay and chat a while?
Laura Maybrooke is an 80s’ child, who works too much and writes too little, but who’ll never say no to a thrilling romance, a high fantasy adventure, or a cookbook full of delicious treats she’d like to bake one day.
I have been writing, mostly as a hobby, for about 25 years now. The series Dulcea’s Rebellion, of which Immortal Defiance is the first book, has been with me for about twenty years of that writing journey. In that time, it has gone through four complete rewrites. I began writing in my early teenage years, so it was natural progression that when I matured, so did the story. The only thing to remain the same was the characters’ inner nature and the main plot points.
The story of Dulcea and Krath came into life as a side product of another story from my teenage years. My earliest story, featuring a half-elven hero Garenthas on a quest to bring peace to a troubled continent, contained in its world history an event between Dulcea, the elven enchantress turned war heroine and Dragonmistress, and the vampire Krath who played a mysterious part in her rebellion.
This conflict between Dulcea and Krath soon rose to the forefront of my mind, and the characters gained a personality and life goals, turning into more than just names in someone else’s history. They became to me as dear as friends, and I witnessed their struggle and adventures many times over in the past twenty years.
In that sense, I managed to skip over the most trying part of starting a new story: coming up with the inspiration for it. Dulcea and Krath’s story from beginning to end was already defined by the events of another story I wrote.
That does not mean writing was always easy or flowed without any trouble. Here are the ways in which I have found inspiration for individual scenes and chapters within the big picture:
Go out and explore
Enjoy the nature around you; travel outside urban areas if you need to. Take a walk in the woods or enjoy a complete change of scenery by traveling to a new country. Let the wind blow, listen to the birds, admire the exotic plants.
These past fifteen years, since I’ve been regularly traveling on my own, I’ve always had a notepad with me. Write, write, write. Whatever you felt, saw, or experienced; some of that can help you build a stronger story.
Listen to music
Jim Carrey’s quoted with “You know the trouble with real life? There’s no danger music.” I love that quote. Music evokes emotions, and those emotions can improve the quality of a scene in your writing. Music can also help you concentrate on your writing. I love The Gael (The main theme from The Last of the Mohicans). It is an awesome instrumental piece which I listen to almost every time I write, and particularly when I write about beautiful sceneries that I’ve never been to (as they don’t exist in real life), but that come from my imagination.
Particularly if I’m home alone when I’m writing, I just turn up the volume on my speakers and let the words flow!
Use writing prompts
No one ever said you need to make short, individual stories out of writing prompts. I like to browse writing prompts for inspiration. Sometimes they turn into scenes, sometimes just into a piece of conversation within a larger scene.
That’s right. Dreams are awesome, silly, and absurd. And sometimes they are like a page straight out of your book. With these characters in my head for twenty years, I’ve had dreams of them which have turned into actual scenes in the story.
There’s one such in Immortal Defiance, too. A dream that, ultimately, also helped to build a part of this world’s lore and make it different but realistic from normal vampire lore. I’ll leave you to find out what it is!