Author: Yasmine Galenorn
Night Veil, the second book in my Indigo Court Series, just hit the shelves.
When I first approached my publisher with the idea for the Indigo Court Series, it was with a vague idea that had caught my eye in a dream and I fleshed it out as best as I could and my publisher liked what I’d presented. But when it came to figuring out the actual story—to writing the first book—I stood there between a vision and a blank page. Luckily my love of movies and music came to help.
Two of my biggest influences when planning out Night Myst were not really influences, so much as inspiration. I knew I wanted the series to be somewhat darker than my Otherworld Series. I knew I wanted it to be moody and brooding—almost like a gothic dark fantasy. I knew who my characters were. I knew the setting. So I let the whirl of thoughts settle in my subconscious, as I slowly began to turn the visions and snippets into a tangible book.
Right around that time, I happened to watch The Mothman Prophecies for the first time. And the movie totally ensnared me with the mood and the gritty feel to the story. I felt like I was entering a bizarre dream. There were monsters in the shadows, lurking, and hints of madness and the slow realization that there are creatures living on the edge of our reality who do not care—who have no remorse for anything they may do.
Within fifteen minutes I realized that my reaction to the movie was the same one I wanted to provoke in my readers with Night Myst—the first book in the Indigo Court Series. So I allowed myself to sink into the movie, paying attention to the way it affected me, to the visceral impact it had on me. By the end credits, I was a total fan-gurl. But, then, during the ending credits, they played the theme song (Half Light by Low and tomandandy) which—like the movie, immediately captured my attention. I couldn’t get the song out of my head. And before long, I realized it was the “theme song” to my series, evoking everything I wanted to bring out from the books.
I immediately went to an online store and bought the movie (I’d rented it on Netflix). There, I also discovered that the only way to get the soundtrack was on MP3, so I also bought the MP3 album. And then I listened to the music—as well as the rest of the playlist I built around the song Half Light (I have huge playlists for my books and you can find them in the back of the books and on my website)—over and over again as the the Indigo Court world began to take form.
While listening to the music, my characters began to whisper their stories to me. Myst—Queen of the Indigo Court—and the Vampiric Fae she leads grew into a terrifying force. And Cicely, the main character, evolved into a witch who can control the wind, who has lived life on the run, only to come home and find out that she still can’t settle down and live a normal life for once. And so evolved her lover Grieve—torn between the Fae prince he was and the monster he has become, and Lannan Altos—the hedonistic true vampire who will do anything to possess and bend Cicely to his will. As my subconscious gave birth to all of the characters, it also gave birth to the story arc: a battle between three forces—Cicely and her friends, the true vampires, and the Vampiric Fae.
So that’s how the seed germinated that became the Indigo Court Series. Inspiration for writers comes in many ways. A dream, and a movie, and the music in that movie, put me in the mindset to think about the mood of the books, and allowed my subconscious to roam free and discover the heart of my new world.
About the author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn writes two urban fantasy series for Berkley: both the Otherworld/Sisters of the Moonand the Indigo Court series. In the past, she wrote mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and nonfiction metaphysical books. Her books have hit the New York Times, the USA Today, and the Publishers Weekly bestseller lists numerous times. Yasmine has been in the Craft for over 30 years, is a shamanic witch, and describes her life as a blend of teacups and tattoos. She lives in Kirkland WA with her husband Samwise and their cats.
Yasmine can be reached via her website at www.galenorn.com, Twitter & Facebook. Her social networking sites are linked on her website. To grab you copy of Night Veil, please visit our online bookstore