Hi all! Life as an author sometimes takes sharp-angled turns we never see coming. Or maybe I just don’t look far enough ahead. (That’s Big Tone’s job. He’s the big picture guy). Anyway, about a month ago, I received a message on Facebook from Jase Kayrs. Yeah, that Jase Kayrs. My hero from SHADOWED. I was like, huh? (Sometimes I’m not all that quick—I admit it.)
So I emailed my editor and asked if the publisher had created a page for Jase. She said no, that it was a probably a fan fiction/role playing group. Anybody really involved in publishing or cult shows knows exactly what this is. Anybody in my life like sisters, friends, hubby…do not. So, for those of you like my family, fan fiction is when fans of a show or book write episodes/scenes from it. Star Trek, Buffy, Supernatural, Twilight, etc…all have fan fiction. There are sites all over the web. It’s perfectly legal so long as the writers don’t try to make money off the stories. Role playing is just that—playing roles from a series/show.
Fan Fiction fascinates me, and I probably would’ve loved writing it if I’d heard about it before launching my own writing career. It’d be fun to write a Supernatural scene, right? Anyway, after a few days, I began to wonder about the other characters in the Realm. (I know. Slow, right?) Turns out Talen Kayrs has more friends than I do on my super-secret family/see-you-every-day-in-my-real-life friends Facebook page. :)
I’m incredibly flattered that anybody would like my characters enough to be them on the internet. And I’m intrigued what they’ll do. I’m also a bit pensive—we each have our own voices, and no matter what, that’s not me writing those scenes. What if the characters do something or say something I wouldn’t? Will fans blame me, thinking I wrote something? I think there may have been some sort of dustup in the community, and now it may be split into two communities, but I’m not sure.
The community managing the sites has taken pains to make sure the pages show as RP/Fan Fiction, and I appreciate that. I’ve also read some of the scenes, and I enjoyed them. I even received a message from Terrent Vilks from TWISTED on FB offering to take care of somebody who’d wronged me. Damn if I didn’t get a happy giggle. Seriously. I created this guy, and yet, it did make me happy. My reality and writing lives are blending.
Although, for the record, I can take care of myself. Was almost an orange belt in Kenpo. (Yes, that’s only the second belt, but still). :) Plus, Big Tone is a badass. And that’s a true statement.
Anyway, that’s what’s going on in my life. Well, mainly. It has been an amazing month so far. RISING ASSETS hit the New York Times Bestseller list, while both TAMED and BLIND FAITH hit the USA Today Bestselling list. SWEET REVENGE received a Top Pick review from RT Reviews, and BLIND FAITH is a fresh fiction pick by readers. Also, UNDER THE COVERS and SHADOWED just finaled in the Daphne Awards.
Things have gone so well lately, I’m just waiting for an anvil to drop on my head. Life does have balance.
For now, I’m back to finishing up TOTAL SURRENDER, which is the 4th book in the Sin Brothers series. The logo I finally chose for the series is to the left. Nice, huh?
Everyone have a wonderful weekend, and if you live in the states, a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Thank you to those who have served, and may we remember our fallen heroes on every day and not just once a year.