The Nerds have turned over the blog today to author Georgia L. Jones! She’s talking about her Remnants of Life series and we’re happy to be part of her virtual tour!
I have always enjoyed reading, especially in the fantasy genre. I have also always enjoyed writing. When I began Legends of Darkness back in early 2010 I really wasn’t intending on it becoming a series book. I have read a lot of series books and enjoy them, but I didn’t start the series with those intentions in mind. I had been thinking of the concept of Legends for about a year before I began writing it. I was working through the details of finding something fresh. I was actually bored with same old concept of vampires and wanted to spin it on its ear. I wanted to find something that would be as shocking and different as Bram Stokers Dracula was back in 1897. I just wanted a fresh concept and an explanation for why they are considered to be evil. Once I found my beginning I began writing.
Legends begin with just an average woman who dies in an unfortunate accident. She leaves behind a life of family and friends. She is thrown into an afterlife where she becomes Samoda, a Warrior in the army of Nuem. She is not only a Warrior but destined to become a leader in this army. Through her struggles with the afterlife, we learn many things about the species that she has become and about the hierarchy of all the species that exist in the Remnants of Life stories. The Warriors have been on earth since before humans existed. They were made to destroy evil, it is innate to them and they really can’t help it. I intertwine the story of the Warriors with legends of vampires. I mix it up a little and make Vlad Tepes a really bad guy. In Legends he fell in love with one of the Warriors and when she denied him, he became filled with vengeance towards all of them. He began to do horrible things and blame it on them. He falsely accused them of being evil vampires that were nothing more than blood sucking killers. When this happened they began to stay away from humans as much as possible. I have created the Warriors as “Dangerous Saviors”. ..They are here to protect the world from demons that continuously plot to take over the human race and sometimes really evil humans just get in their path and they can’t help but destroy them as well.
Witches, the second book in the Remnants series, launched on December 1, 2012. It is a continuation of the story, but from the perspective of a seemingly human woman, Kali Rose Marriott. Her life becomes entangled with the Warriors and well…all hell breaks loose. In Witches, I get a little more involved in world building as I being to really take on theria and Vicus, which are the two places that the other species reside when they are not here either saving the humans or trying to annihilate them.
I had originally anticipated the Remnants of Life Series to be five books in all. However, I have decided to shorten the series to a trilogy. I am currently working on the third book in the series. As I said earlier when I began writing Legends, I did not know it would become a series book. As I worked on Legends, it evolved not only in my mind but on paper. I began outlining the whole series as I wrote the first book. Some of the storylines have varied a little from the beginning outline, but for the most part it has stayed on course with that original outline. In light of vampires being used so much in books today, I believe the Remnants series gives a completely fresh idea to the concept.
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