My guest today is urban fantasy author Jim Duncan. The first book in his new Deadworld urban fantasy series, Deadworld, hits bookshelves on April 5, 2011. Please join me in welcoming Jim here today to Dark Faerie Tales. You can read an excerpt of the book here.
Two lucky commentators will have a chance to win a copy of Deadworld. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
J.N. Duncan is a 40-something father of four, or eight if you include the pets in the house. He’s an aspiring middle school math teacher, and something of a fantasy gamer geek (yes, he plays WoW), loves astronomy, and generally thinks you could call me something of a nerd. Hopefully in a good way. He’s been writing since he was about 14, thanks to a grandmother, who was a published mystery writer, and he’s also married to a writer (romance author, Tracy Madison). He works for a living (though who doesn’t desire to make a living as a writer), and hopes to someday live in a castle in Ireland and write all day (hey, don’t all writers have this dream?)
The Paranormal of Deadworld
by Jim Duncan
First of all, thank you so much for having me here today and giving me the opportunity to talk a bit about my debut, Deadworld. Angela asked me to speak a bit on the paranormal elements of Deadworld, as it is an Urban Fantasy, and I imagine readers might like to know, just what will make this book more interesting or intriguing compared to all of the other UF books out there now.
When I initially thought up the concept for Deadworld, I began with the simple thought, “I want to do something different with vampires.” Vampires? Really? Yes, I can imagine some of you saying that now. Thing is, I love vampires, in books and movies. Have since I was young, and imagine I will when I’m old. They ebb and flow in the publishing universe, but for me, I never really grow tired of them. However, given that they are done quite a bit in the UF genre, I knew to stand out, I’d have to go in a different direction. I will say right off though, that Deadworld isn’t a vampire series. It’s focus is not on them, but they do play a significant role, at least in these three books in the series. Hard not to when the hero in the story is one. There are other paranormal elements I’ll talk about in a minute, but let’s deal with the vamps first.
My vamps are not of the gothic variety. They aren’t inherently evil, or even undead for that matter. They do drink blood, however. A Deadworld vampire is created by consuming blood in that moment before death, in order to feed the other side enough spiritual energy to keep that door open between the worlds of the living and the dead. It takes a tremendous amount of willpower to do so, which is why vamps are very few and far between. As a result, they can draw from the energy in Deadworld (which is what the other side is referred to). The power of the dead has or can have a significant sway over the living (that hypnotic/charm effect vampires are known for), it allows for greater physical strength, endurance, and the ability to heal oneself with great speed. Thus killing a vampire is extremely difficult.
Our hero, Nick, is a former Old West, sheriff. I wanted to pick an interesting, heroic type character that would conflict well with the nature of what a vampire needs to do to survive, and it has certainly created angst for him. I also just liked the notion of an Old West type mentality carried forth over the decades to modern day.
The other major paranormal element in Deadworld, is, as you might guess, ghosts. The spirit world plays a major role in my story and the series as a whole, becoming more involved as the series moves forward, which I can’t get into too much here without potentially getting spoilery. I will say though that the relationship between the living world and the dead gets more and more interactive as the story moves forward, much to the consternation of our heroine, Jackie. She’s happy leaving all that stuff to her partner, Laurel, who is psychic.
As a bit of a teaser though, I will say, that in the next installment of the Deadworld series, The Vengeful Dead, you come to the realization that humans aren’t the only thing wandering around in the spirit realm.
Anyway, that’s a little bit of what you can expect on the paranormal side of things in Deadworld. I’m happy to answer any questions readers might have, up to the point of giving anything away in the story. At least at this point. Once Deadworld has been on the shelves for a while, I’ll gladly entertain more indepth conversations about it through my blog.
Thanks again for having me here today, and I hope those of you who decide to pick up Deadworld, enjoy the experience.
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