Thursday, November 10, 2011
Guest Post & Giveaway: UNHOLY PURSUITS by Suzanne Rock
Hello Everyone! I would like to welcome author Suzanne Rock to the blog. She is here today to spotlight her new book, Unholy Pursuits and tell us about her inspiration for creating her paranormal creatures called Iatros.Take it away, Suzanne!
Hi everyone! *waves*
Thank you so much for inviting me to talk a little bit about my newest Ellora’s Cave release, Unholy Pursuits. It’s great to be here!
In the Unholy Pursuits world, there are many demons. Those types of paranormal creatures don’t really need an explanation, do they? ;) They are creatures of the underworld and in my story they’re locked away in hell. Demons are constantly looking for a way to break through the barrier between hell and earth so that they can cross and take over our world.
Now, most of this barrier is secure, but there are pockets where the fabric is weak, and a portal between hell and earth forms. Where you find portals, you also find an entirely new type of paranormal creature – an Iatros.
I’ve been asked by many people how these creatures came to be. It all started with the Lord of the Rings movies. :-) When I watched them, I thought of the elves and how they were tied to the land and how they were great healers. I looked up the word “healer” in many different languages. In Greek, the word is Iatros (pronounced ee-at-ros). The word literally means “physician” and is written like this: ἰατρός . I envisioned a race of people who were tied to the land and who used their magic to heal the earth and creatures that lived there. This Greek word seemed like the perfect fit.
These creatures wouldn’t have been very good protectors if all they could do was heal, right? They need to be strong and skillful warriors to guard the portal and not let any demons pass. Since demons could only be killed by decapitation, the Iatros needed to be proficient with magically-enhanced swords, knives, daggers, etc. Instead of being bound to the land, I made them bound to the fabric between earth and hell, so they could sense where the wall was weakening and go strengthen it.
The fun didn’t end there, however. I didn’t want these creatures to be carbon copies of the elves in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I needed to make them different. After some thought, I decided to give them wings, so that they became more or less a cross between fairies and elves. This way, if the fighting got too intense, they could fly away to go get help. This could also be an alternative way to carry their wounded away from the battlefield.
Since demons are much bigger and stronger than Iatros, I had to give my healers an advantage. Their power is made of good and light, the exact opposite of demon power. As a result, these powers clash, first creating a vortex of energy, and then neutralizing each other. Put a demon and an Iatros into a room together, and they would have to resort to physical force to hurt each other. Their magic would be useless.
If you placed an Iatros in the middle of a ring of demons, the demons power would overwhelm my gentle healer. The opposite is also true however, so neither Iatros nor demon ever want to find themselves outnumbered, or risk losing all of their energy.
Intrigued yet? ;)
Now, since the Iatros have this cool, unique name, I wanted to do the same for my demons. In Unholy Pursuits, the creatures of the underworld aren’t called demons, they are called Deamhans. This is nothing more than the Gaelic word for demon. Since both the demons and Iatros sometimes use Gaelic words to enhance their magic, this new name seemed fitting for the evil creatures of the story.
So there you have it. Add some FBI agents who are investigating these portals, shake them up and voila! You have Unholy Pursuits. :-)
I love creating unique and different worlds in my paranormals. If you’re a writer, have you ever created an entirely new type of paranormal creature? If you’re a reader, what was the most interesting paranormal creature you’ve read about? Tell me about it in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you!
After over a decade in the scientific world, Suzanne needed a creative outlet. She tried scrap booking, cooking, crocheting, painting, and piano, none of which held her interest for very long. Then one of her friends suggested writing. Thrilled with the idea of creating her own worlds, she opened up her lap top and never looked back.
When Suzanne’s not writing, she can be found playing with her two daughters, testing her husband’s latest kitchen creations, or curled up with her favorite romance novel in her central Massachusetts home.
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