It was a funny thing. I wrote The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais first, which focuses on the tempestuous relationship between Laura Cordelais and vampire David Hilliard. Laura is one of those rare unfortunates who slipped from the Brooklyn Bridge instead of jumping. David had just asked God to take mercy on his loneliness. He ends up jumping into the river to save Laura. Dying from her injuries, David wants to give her a second chance at life (even if it’s an undead life). She’s not grateful.
Laura was working in New York City but was from New Orleans. She considers vampires to be monsters. That’s why she’s not grateful to him. He hopes that returning her to New Orleans will make things better.
I don’t want to spoil too much but this is where friends get involved. There is a long-lost relative who also helps. The point is the hero doesn’t do everything alone. Some people give him advice. Others stand with him when times get rough. All these friends or family help move the story forward.
I dream all my books and sometimes I wake up and go, “Huh?” When Love Survives is one of those books. It is the first in the series even though it was actually written after The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais.
When Love Survives is set in New York City on that fateful day September 11th. New Yorkers pulled together to help each other. The story is about a shapeshifter and a young woman who doesn’t know she is magical, how they meet and become rescuers.
In all my tales, the hero and heroine don’t journey through the story in isolation. They meet others that help or hinder them. David Hilliard is a friend that shows up in the story. I put him in a rather embarrassing situation. (I won’t tell.)
Sometimes friends and family help out on a one-to-one basis. Other times you need the group. It is very much like life.
A saga is a long story that shows what leads up to that big event in the hero or heroine’s life. If you read the Vampires in Manhattan series, you’ll see how characters work together. You will also find my thread–the character that is in every one of the books. Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Hanniford-Crowley/e/B004YXOGXG
If you are interested in writing friends and family sagas, it is always wise to read some. Get used to the flow between characters. Each family member or friend has a skill, talent, or other asset in which they can help the main character.
Have fun reading and writing!
Susan Hanniford Crowley
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