Twisted People

Over on LexValentine.com I talked about world building and how I ended up doing that through Twitter and Yahoo Instant Messenger. Over here, I wanna talk about the people. I touched on it a little over there but what I blog about there is the mechanics of writing. Here I like to show off my characters and focus on people. The world where my characters live is called the Darkworld. Sometimes, the things that happen there are like a twisted fairytale. (Remember Fractured Fairy Tales? Anyone old enough?)

So in the first novella of the series, Max the Pixie Prince finds a mattress and his mate. You may recall that I posted a couple of short excerpts from the beginning of that story where Max and his best friend Alex are looking for a mattress and end up at a restaurant where a helpful waiter named Marty tells him about a special mattress. We also find out Marty’s real job is fairy godfather…

At Carpe Noctem, Marty sat the bar nursing a drink. A faraway light gleamed in his emerald eyes, and his expression was distant, as if he was tuned in to something others couldn’t see. A smug smile played about his lips as he realized that he had accomplished his mission with Max and Bliss.

Since he’d taken on the matchmaking job, he’d found a lot of satisfaction in his work. His grandmother had warned him that he would. Still, it was unusual for a man to take on the job of fairy godmother… well, godfather in his case. The women in his family had done the job for eons, but now no one was left but Marty.

Being a fairy on a mission in the Darkworld could be difficult as he’d discovered with the first few couples he’d tried to match. Max and Bliss had been easy, as he’d known they would be. Their problems had never been insurmountable because both of them had willing natures. Both of them had been accepting of the fact that they were mates. It was the couples who couldn’t accept the truth who gave Marty sleepless nights.

His eyes blinked sharply back into focus, staring down the bar at a dark haired man who seemed intent on drinking himself into oblivion. He’d been resistant to Marty’s brand of magic for years. And truthfully, Marty had never been sure until recently that he had the right mate for Olivier. Now that he did, things had gotten even more complicated.

Marty sighed and finished his gin and tonic. Max and Bliss had been fun. Olivier and Alexa would rip his heart out. He could already feel it. He was headed into some serious trouble with those two, and he wasn’t sure he could pull off a happily ever after. There was so much darkness to overcome… even for a fairy godfather.

In the second book (which I’ve already started), Marty has his work cut out for him. He even has to bring in some reinforcements from the fae realm, his girlfriend Raine who is an elemental fairy. Still, Marty’s just not sure he can bring about a happily ever after for Alexa and Bliss’ younger brother Olivier Wilde. They are both dark characters with painful pasts. Book #2, tentatively titled Never Been Bit, isn’t a very happy tale like Max’s story was.

So that’s one happy story and one darkly emotional one. For the third book, I was trying for something partway between the first two for Bliss’ oldest brother Lucien. He’s a little stuffy being the head of the household and all. And he’s had lots of issues he’s had to deal with in regard to his younger brother. Lucien is a worrywart, kinda anal, and over protective. The woman who turns out to be his bloodmate is Hillary St. Cloud, the author of these very popular books that portray vampires as the undead. Lucien’s family isn’t crazy about the books, even though his sister’s club caters to people who like the whole trendy notion of undead vamps. Alexa hates the books. It stands to reason, Hillary and Lucien are not gonna have a smooth courtship.

Another new character shows up in the third book too. Hillary St. Cloud’s cynical gossip columnist friend, Karl with a K, who is a pot smoking, troublemaking, wickedly mischievous elf. He amuses Hilly. He does not amuse the Wilde family. Hilly, who is descended from the Valkyrie, is tall and buxom, and the queen of snark. She’s pretty ruthless with poor Lucien, but we discover that the reason for her behavior is that beneath the snark lies a woman with very deep, uber sensitive feelings. Somehow in this story, I need to work in a redhead because book 4 is a twisted version of Little Red Riding Hood, complete with a hunky woodsman, and a bi-sexual wolf (Weylyn).

You’re all laughing about now, aren’t you? I know you guffawed when I described Hillary’s gossip columnist friend, right? Well, it is supposed to be funny. Book 3 will be amusing, but with a dark undertone, so that it balances out both of the first two books.

I know you recognized names too didn’t you? Yes, Hilly agreed to star in book 3, and Karl agreed to be sidekick. The characters aren’t really Hilly and Karl, just bits taken from their personalities to help fill in the gray areas of the story characters. Yes, Marty is our own Marty too. I keep thinking the hunky woodsman needs to be Gooster… it was his idea after all.

If I ever need a deity, I’m gonna have to make him Othurme. I just see him as a kind of Zeus, hanging out with Bacchus (Jester), lord of the biggest party in the universe. When I get into dragons, I’ll have to tap into some Vahid, and if I need a pixie female there’s always Cissa. And maybe Avitable as the spider and Miss Britt as Miss Muffet (didn’t they do that already in the car?)… Dave2 as an Indiana Jones type adventurer with a sidekick named Mean Monkey, who are constantly fighting off legions of asshats in airports around the world… TechBabe in a twisted version of Snow White that casts Whall as the Wicked Tech Wizard. And how about Hellohahanarf as the most sensuous Rapunzel ever? And Mr. Shiny as a handsome version of Rumplestiltskin… and as See All Evil, Hear All Evil, and Speak All Evil – the unlikely trio of Kapgar, Dawg, and Matt-Man. And last but not least, Jason X as the star of a male version of Cinderella that’s more porn than fairy tale and utilizes Always Home and Uncool’s Kevin as the evil stepfather aka video director.

Me likey. I’m bursting with ideas now and it’s all YOUR fault, so feel free to throw some outrageous fairy tale or legend at me on Twitter. You never know, I could be DM-ing you asking to make you the hero of the next twisted tale from the Darkworld.

Have a great weekend!

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0 Responses to Twisted People

  1. Winter says:

    Karl – Karl the gossip columnist is taking on a life of his own. Since I decided to put him in the second book, he’s picked on the hero something fierce in his video column. Marty has spilled the beans to Karl about who the hero’s bloodmate is, so Karl’s way of helping is to kick Olivier (the hero) in the ass with these nasty digs. And it works! Marty’s nice guy tactics don’t work with Olivier. So Marty works on Alexa and Karl works on Olivier, and in the end they all think they’ve lost, but Olivier… well, let’s just say that Karl’s tactics eventually work.

    Winters last blog post..Recap

  2. Winter says:

    Karl – Karl the gossip columnist is taking on a life of his own. Since I decided to put him in the second book, he’s picked on the hero something fierce in his video column. Marty has spilled the beans to Karl about who the hero’s bloodmate is, so Karl’s way of helping is to kick Olivier (the hero) in the ass with these nasty digs. And it works! Marty’s nice guy tactics don’t work with Olivier. So Marty works on Alexa and Karl works on Olivier, and in the end they all think they’ve lost, but Olivier… well, let’s just say that Karl’s tactics eventually work.

    Winters last blog post..Recap

  3. Karl says:

    Woo hoo! I’m gonna be famous!

    Karls last blog post..SecondHand Radio – Kapgar

  4. Karl says:

    Woo hoo! I’m gonna be famous!

    Karls last blog post..SecondHand Radio – Kapgar

  5. Winter says:

    Kevin – I just see you as a Machiavellian porn director… not sure why, but if you like it, it’s in!

  6. Winter says:

    Kevin – I just see you as a Machiavellian porn director… not sure why, but if you like it, it’s in!

  7. I never get to play evil. Awesome.

    always home and uncools last blog post..Six Degrees of Quirky Uncoolness

  8. I never get to play evil. Awesome.

    always home and uncools last blog post..Six Degrees of Quirky Uncoolness

  9. Winter says:

    Vahid – The cosmic whatever has been working overtime, I swear. Hilly always wanted to be a Valkyrie, you and the dragons, Becky naked in a hotel window like a forgotten Rapunzel… I was meant to write this.

  10. Winter says:

    Vahid – The cosmic whatever has been working overtime, I swear. Hilly always wanted to be a Valkyrie, you and the dragons, Becky naked in a hotel window like a forgotten Rapunzel… I was meant to write this.

  11. Iron Fist says:

    It’s just an interesting that you picked that. When I was, oh, in middle school and the first part of high school, I absolutely loved Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series. I’ve always had a sort of affinity for dragons in stories.

    So…good pick!

    Iron Fists last blog post..technically this counts as a win for me

  12. Iron Fist says:

    It’s just an interesting that you picked that. When I was, oh, in middle school and the first part of high school, I absolutely loved Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series. I’ve always had a sort of affinity for dragons in stories.

    So…good pick!

    Iron Fists last blog post..technically this counts as a win for me

  13. Winter says:

    Hilly – How did I know that? Must something cosmic causing all of this to fall right into place…

    Winters last blog post..Recap

  14. Winter says:

    Hilly – How did I know that? Must something cosmic causing all of this to fall right into place…

    Winters last blog post..Recap

  15. Hilly says:

    I’ve always wanted to be descended from the Valkyrie!

    Hillys last blog post..Just A Quickie…

  16. Hilly says:

    I’ve always wanted to be descended from the Valkyrie!

    Hillys last blog post..Just A Quickie…

  17. Winter says:

    Vahid – The black dragons of the Darkworld are fierce warriors, but very caring with their families, their mates. They have an underlying chivalry that comes out when they’re not in battle. When it comes to fighting, they are balls to the wall, anything goes, whatever it takes for the win – because usually the fight is about protecting what is theirs. You’re a guy with strong beliefs, who is intelligent and has that same underlying code of chivalry and caring. You have all the qualities of a black dragon leader!

    Winters last blog post..Recap

  18. Winter says:

    Vahid – The black dragons of the Darkworld are fierce warriors, but very caring with their families, their mates. They have an underlying chivalry that comes out when they’re not in battle. When it comes to fighting, they are balls to the wall, anything goes, whatever it takes for the win – because usually the fight is about protecting what is theirs. You’re a guy with strong beliefs, who is intelligent and has that same underlying code of chivalry and caring. You have all the qualities of a black dragon leader!

    Winters last blog post..Recap

  19. Iron Fist says:

    Interesting. Why’d you pick me for dragons?

    Iron Fists last blog post..technically this counts as a win for me

  20. Iron Fist says:

    Interesting. Why’d you pick me for dragons?

    Iron Fists last blog post..technically this counts as a win for me

  21. Winter says:

    Mary – Me likey beavers. Hee hee. Take more meds! Nothing wrong with being happy!

    Winters last blog post..Recap

  22. Winter says:

    Mary – Me likey beavers. Hee hee. Take more meds! Nothing wrong with being happy!

    Winters last blog post..Recap

  23. Maryo says:

    OK you are a busy little beaver arent you *snickers* I called you a beaver. Sorry the medicine I am taking is making me so happy happy happy…. Is it time for my next one???

  24. Maryo says:

    OK you are a busy little beaver arent you *snickers* I called you a beaver. Sorry the medicine I am taking is making me so happy happy happy…. Is it time for my next one???

  25. Winter says:

    Kapgar – Eventually I will get around to all the stories. I think the See All Evil story should be some kind of Armageddon tale.

    Becky – It’s the woodsman and the wolf who are bi. Red’s just in it for some fun, and the boy love will be adventurous and different for her. You do strike me more as a Rapunzel though… long curly hair… smouldering eyes… luscious figure… Yowza! Thanks for always being such a supportive friend! MUAH!

    Marty – I loved Fractured Fairytales! When I decided that my Darkworld series would be twisted tales I thought it would be cool to toss in some whacked versions of fairytales, legends and folklore. I always knew the Darkworld was going to be my ‘world’ and that it wouldn’t be just one or two stories. They may not all be connected though the way the first 3 are.

  26. Winter says:

    Kapgar – Eventually I will get around to all the stories. I think the See All Evil story should be some kind of Armageddon tale.

    Becky – It’s the woodsman and the wolf who are bi. Red’s just in it for some fun, and the boy love will be adventurous and different for her. You do strike me more as a Rapunzel though… long curly hair… smouldering eyes… luscious figure… Yowza! Thanks for always being such a supportive friend! MUAH!

    Marty – I loved Fractured Fairytales! When I decided that my Darkworld series would be twisted tales I thought it would be cool to toss in some whacked versions of fairytales, legends and folklore. I always knew the Darkworld was going to be my ‘world’ and that it wouldn’t be just one or two stories. They may not all be connected though the way the first 3 are.

  27. martymankins says:

    I remember Fractured Fairytales (on the Rocky and Bullwinkle show). Nice “twist” on that. LOL

    Your character list is growing nicely. And shaping up to be a great story line.

    martymankinss last blog post..What the Plurk? Twitter this, Pownce-head!

  28. martymankins says:

    I remember Fractured Fairytales (on the Rocky and Bullwinkle show). Nice “twist” on that. LOL

    Your character list is growing nicely. And shaping up to be a great story line.

    martymankinss last blog post..What the Plurk? Twitter this, Pownce-head!

  29. you crack me up. here is was about to say i would be your bisexual little red riding hood, and you found me a spot as your sensual rapunzel. yay!! i love it.

    you rock, winter.

    p.s. i am so proud of you for writing as much as you do and for sticking to your deadlines.

    hello haha narfs last blog post..HNT – My 23rd Half Nekkid Thursday…From the Road!

  30. you crack me up. here is was about to say i would be your bisexual little red riding hood, and you found me a spot as your sensual rapunzel. yay!! i love it.

    you rock, winter.

    p.s. i am so proud of you for writing as much as you do and for sticking to your deadlines.

    hello haha narfs last blog post..HNT – My 23rd Half Nekkid Thursday…From the Road!

  31. kapgar says:

    I get to be See All Evil? Sweet! Where’s that dotted line to sign on?

    kapgars last blog post..But what it don’t get I can’t use…

  32. kapgar says:

    I get to be See All Evil? Sweet! Where’s that dotted line to sign on?

    kapgars last blog post..But what it don’t get I can’t use…

  33. Winter says:

    Dave – You are a brave and intrepid soul for battling asshats on a daily basis.

    Winters last blog post..Recap

  34. Winter says:

    Dave – You are a brave and intrepid soul for battling asshats on a daily basis.

    Winters last blog post..Recap

  35. Dave2 says:

    Such is the world I live in… 🙂

    Dave2s last blog post..Breastesses

  36. Dave2 says:

    Such is the world I live in… 🙂

    Dave2s last blog post..Breastesses

  37. Winter says:

    Jason – No one else could pull off porn as well as you could! Did I ever tell you I had a porn star for a neighbor when I lived in North Hills? lol

    Winters last blog post..Recap

  38. Winter says:

    Jason – No one else could pull off porn as well as you could! Did I ever tell you I had a porn star for a neighbor when I lived in North Hills? lol

    Winters last blog post..Recap

  39. Jason X says:

    This is so cool. Twisted fairy tales are the best! Especially if I get to be in one as a porno dude…

    Jason Xs last blog post..Fernandez is a Playa

  40. Jason X says:

    This is so cool. Twisted fairy tales are the best! Especially if I get to be in one as a porno dude…

    Jason Xs last blog post..Fernandez is a Playa