In the ABOUT section, you can read the first pages of my latest, Kill the King. It's the story I've been burning to write... but never knew I was burning to write. Scott Nicholson, who wrote the wildly popular After series, inspired it completely accidentally, as did my background as a massage therapist.
I had decided to enter a story of mine into the Writers of the Future contest, and I began to do a little research into what kinds of stories they might like, etc. Scott's story, Vampire Shortstop, was the Writers of the Future winner one year. I've talked to Scott before, and he's a super nice guy, but I couldn't manage to find his story. I messaged him, and he told me it was in one of his short story collections--I'll find out which and link--and even offered to give it to me. Like I said, super nice.
I bought it and read it, and something occurred to me.
It's this story of this vampire on a Little League team.
I couldn't help but think about vampires and blood. Because in a lot of other stories, it's supposed to be different (or at least important) somehow, right? As a State of Ohio Medical Board licensed massage therapist, I learned so much about anatomy and physiology, and one of the side note things I learned about was blood doping.
So I thought, What if a vampire blood doped with a human during the Olympics? They probably have all these special powers, right?
But vampires are boring. So then I thought, What if a demon blood dopes with a human? Then I was off.