I am one of those writers that is heavily influenced by what I’m reading at the time. Sometimes this bodes well for me. Like when I am reading Fitzgerald or Hemingway–even Stephen King. But recently, while in the process of researching a mythological character for a fantasy piece I’ve been kicking around, I came across a certain paranormal romance that took me by storm and left me lying on the floor, three days later, craving a cigarette and a stiff drink.
Needless to say my fantasy work took off in a similar direction. It was already leaning that way anyway, but this really lit a fire under it. It grew to a whopping 7K and now I am in the process of cutting it down to 5K for a contest. I like it for the most part, I just don’t know if anyone else will. Either way, it’s here now. These characters weren’t going away and I finally let them out of their cage.