Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Guest Post: Anything But Normal by Cari Z

It's my very great pleasure to introduce Cari Z to my blog again. She's here as part of the Storm Moon Press Anniversary blog tour and is talking about her exciting new serialised novel. Over to you Cari!



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.

I don't mind writing something that makes people raise their eyebrows, but I'm not in this to make people throw their e-readers away in disgust, either. In my latest story, I'm not using my personal feelings about religion to be either preachy or dismissive; I'm using the mythology of a religion to create a world where my characters truly exist, and where the very fact of their existence has consequences. There are plenty of writers out there who use the written word as a medium to express their faith, whatever it might be, and I respect that, but for me, any religion—living or dead—is most interesting for the richness of tradition that it offers, and how that tradition can be adapted to tell a different type of story.

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! 

 This guest post is part of Storm Moon Press' 3rd Anniversary Blog Tour! Comment on this post or any other post on the blog tour with your e-mail address, and you'll be entered for a chance to win the Grand Prize of receiving 1 FREE e-book each month of 2013 from that month's new releases for a total of 12 free e-books! Runners up will receive a $25 gift certificate to their choice of Amazon or All Romance eBooks. For more details and to find out about our 3rd Anniversary, head over to Storm Moon Press' Official Blog.

In addition to the big, blog-tour-wide giveaway, today's post has a second giveaway! Your comment on this specific post will enter you to win a digital copy of Cari Z's wonderful science fiction romance, Changing Worlds, which includes the short story prequel "Opening Worlds". Be sure to include your e-mail address in your comment! Thanks for joining us!

24 comments:

  1. In All Your Ways was a delightfully dark angel demon hell story. Loved it! Thanks for a great post.

    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Urb

      Glad you enjoyed In All Your Ways! And this post. Hopefully the serial will be your cup of tea as well.

      Cari:)

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  2. Not being very religious it's only recently that I have started to read stories with Demons and Angels in them (Larissa Ione has a lot to answer for :D) and your book Cambion sounds like it might be just my new kind of story! Especially with that hot cover :D

    ilona
    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

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    1. Hi Ilona

      Larissa Ione, hmm? I'll have to check her out. I hope you enjoy what Cambion has to offer (and yeah, that cover, mwah...the sort of cover that makes an author very happy:)

      Cari:)

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  3. Sounds fantastic!

    kimberlyFDR@yahoo.com

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  4. I'm excited to give the serial a try :-) Loved In All Your Ways!

    mrs.t.murray@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, darlin, I'm pretty sure you won't regret it:)

      Cari

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  5. Great post!Please count me in. Thanks!

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  6. With all my reading, somehow I have missed cambions in my repertoire. So I'll just have to read your Cambion to make up for that!

    ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hi Ashley

      Cambions aren't the most common, but I'll definitely get you up to speed on them. Thanks for reading!

      Cari:)

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  7. I'm a reader who likes to adventure wherever an author wants to go, as long as it's done well. So, I look forward to checking this out. Thanks for sharing the idea behind this series.

    caroaz -at- ymail -dot- com

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    1. You're so welcome, Carolyn, I hope you enjoy the serial.

      Cari:)

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  8. That reminds me, I still need to read Changing Worlds! :)

    goingtoreadnow (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. "All Your Ways" is on my Kindle waiting to be read; I will need to push it up the TBR pile. The "Cambion" serial sounds quite interesting.

    Please don't enter me for the "Changing Worlds" contest, since I have this wonderful story already.
    For those who may be interested: On this blog, "Changing Worlds" was reviewed by Jenre and given an "excellent" rating.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

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  10. M/M has made me more interested in paranormals, and I especially find angel-themed m/m powerful. These stories sound really intriguing!

    vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

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  11. Being that my NaNo story is about Demons and Angels I'd love to read yours as well! This is the very first book I have ever finished, many more are in the works, and it's in the dreadful editing process. Oh how I hate that! LOL Ya gotta love those Angels and the good Demons, especially when they fall in love with each other!
    Much success to you with your series!!!

    ~Rush~
    taina1959 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Rush! This was totally my nano story! I got half of it done during November. I hope you enjoy it, and I look forward to reading yours someday. The editing process is...yeah, kind of dreadful, but everything ends up so much better for it that it's hard to hate it.

      Cari:)

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  12. That all sounds wonderful!
    tracysdocs at gmail . com

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  13. I'm a bit of a philosophical person, so I love speculative fiction! Imagining the what ifs and seeing different worlds and characters that could have come about or who will come about or who might even now be in our world. It's utterly fascinating to me. Thanks for sharing!

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. That's part of the allure of speculatuive fiction for me, the challenge of "what if" and how far you can go with it. I hope you find a lot to fascinate you with SMP, Emily:)

      Cari

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  14. I'm a bit late to the party here, but thank you to Cari for such an interesting post! I'm intrigued by the idea of serialised novels and hopefully yours will be very popular.

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    1. Thank you so much for hosting me, Jenre! I hope your january was a lovely destressor:)

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  15. The winner of the giveaway is vitajex. Congratulations to you and SMP should have contacted you with your book :).

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