Most people who know my work know that I am, by and large, a speculative fiction writer. I like science fiction, I like fantasy, and I like the paranormal. I like the freedom that comes with being able to make up pretty much whatever I want and twist it just so. Genre fiction is a wonderful platform for addressing contemporary social issues while playing around with the circumstances in which they're applicable. This = fun for me! Fun and relative ease. Not like contemporary fiction, which, as K. Piet knows from my whiny tweets, drives me up the wall with how hard I find it to strike a balance between accuracy and creativity.
My newest project with Storm Moon Press is the paranormal serial novel Cambion, which should fall right into the category of things I adore, right? Yes, absolutely. It's got magic, it's got action, it's got adventure... and it's got Christianity-style angels and demons, practically straight out of Milton's Paradise Lost. Factor in religion and you begin to get into a trickier sphere of writing, a place where you have to think a little more carefully about how you're treating your subject matter. Why? Because religion is a topic that everyone has an opinion on, and some of those opinions are very fervent, to put it nicely.
Angels and demons are fun subjects for storytelling in part because they're so damn popular. Writers and artists have been fixated on them for centuries as interesting characters in their own rights, and, like with vampires, werewolves, and a host of other supernatural creatures, they've gained acceptance in almost any circumstances. If we can have sparkly vampires and demonic aliens, then there's definitely room in the mythos for whatever I might want to cook up. I tackled them once already in a free story titled In All Your Ways, and I liked it so much that I had to continue it with this upcoming serial novel.
In Cambion: Dark Around the Edges (Season 1 of the serial), the world is a place where angels and demons themselves are primarily hands-off, only surfacing when humanity forces them to make an appearance. The consequences of those summonings often take the form of children, half-breeds called cambion who are far more vulnerable than their immortal parents, and who can be forced to use the powers in their blood in highly destructive ways.
Have cambions been done before? Absolutely. Merlin was reputed to be one, and so was Shakespeare's Caliban in The Tempest. Modern authors by the score have delved into this mythology, and there are so many ways you could take it, the possibilities are almost endless. That's part of what makes playing with it so fun; having a literary tradition to draw inspiration from, no matter if that tradition is religious or not, makes for a more potent story.
I don't write deliberately to offend; I write to play, I write to create and to stretch my personal boundaries and capabilities, and if that happens to offend, well... It wouldn't be the first time. But when someone reads what I write, I want them to get pulled into another world that's so convincing, they don't even realize they've left normal behind until it's over. Storm Moon Press has been an advocate of speculative fiction from the beginning, and I absolutely recommend their books if you want to be fascinated for a while. Check out what they've got in store for the rest of 2013! Serial fiction placing Dorian Gray in a modern urban fantasy setting, an anthropomorphic reversal of the Master/Pet relationship, and anthologies galore! One thing is for certain: Storm Moon Press isn't just home to fluffy contemporaries but to a vast array of stories that are anything but normal!
Cari Z is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine. She just got back from two years of living in West Africa and is still delighted by the magic of hot running water and the glory that is Wi-Fi. Her upcoming serial fiction, Cambion can be found at Storm Moon Press along with her novel Changing Worlds. Cari Z can be followed at her blog or on Twitter @author_cariz.
DOUBLE Giveaway Opportunity!
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