When I began writing Midnight's Fate a few years back, I didn't know what kind of characteristics I'd give Faith Hannah. All I saw as I was writing the novel (I'm a panster) was that she was a doctor. A healer. I could have gone a different route and made her someone else like a tourist who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But then what? For me it felt too shallow. Faith Hannah needed to be worthy of Cynn Cruor warrior Zac McBain. So Faith became a doctor with an ability she considered a curse.
The inspiration for the firebinders, supernatural mortals with fire literally running through their veins came from watching a YouTube video of a group of firewalkers from the Philippines. It's a pre-hispanic tradition that's not just limited to this country. The earliest recorded incident of firewalking came from India 4000 years ago about two Brahmin priests competing with each other. I added the concept of fire in the belly which means passion, desire, inner drive to achieve something.
And the Firebinders were born.
In the Cynn Cruor world, Faith has been healing Mackenzie Butler but she can't do it alone. Her grandmother's diaries have opened a whole new world for her and clues that there are more like her. She has the Ancients' blessing to look for more of her kind. When Cynn Cruor warrior, Luke Griffiths, returns from his trip to search for his roots, he tells Faith about two people he had met. Marek and Lia Bannach. Brother and sister.
Just like any story I write, I enjoyed writing Marek's story. This is a whole new breed of paranormals for me and I will be exploring and learning more about them as I continue writing.
Firebinders: Marek will be released on August 29, 2017. To get your copy, click on the icon below:
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