1. I was heavily influenced by Jane of Jane Eyre and Kit of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when writing about Glynis. I loved the idea of a young woman being progressive in a time of cultural oppression toward women. Glynis is a bit of a brat, but it’s that aspect of her personality that enables her to stand up for what she believes is right.
2. Glynis’s English/Italian background is homage to John Polidori, who wrote the famous short story ‘The Vampyre.’
3. Red hair is supposed to be a sign that someone is a vampire. Glynis is a redhead.
4. Glynis isn’t fond of food when she’s human and doesn’t miss it as a vampire. When I’m writing her story, she’s a very real presence in my mind. I noticed her non-interest in food, so I asked her if she missed it. Her prim voice immediately answered, “Oh, God, no. I’m English.” The answer confused me until I asked my friend from England what she thought the answer meant, and she said, “Well, English food is pretty awful.” Sometimes my subconscious muse is a lot smarter than I am.
5. The very first nightmare that I remember ever having in my entire life was about a young woman trying to escape a castle in the middle of the night and a man coming and carrying her off. It was inevitable that I would eventually write about Glynis.
6. To create Glynis’s wardrobe, hairstyles, and jewelry, I spent hours looking at Regency era fashions on the internet and watching movies set in the time period.
7. Glynis is a Gemini. I didn’t even realize this until I was working on the second book. When I recognized her birthday would make her a Gemini, I looked up the description and giggled. It fits her to a T.
8. The fiery redhead is one of the hardest characters I’ve ever written because she is the complete opposite of me in many aspects. It drives me nuts how she’ll make elaborate plans, then drops them at a whim. That being said, she’s my absolute favorite. I love her.
9. When I originally started the first novel, it was in third person. But that didn’t feel right. So I switched to first person. It was the very first time I had ever experienced a character narrating their story, and it felt very intimate. I had a voice that wasn’t mine TALKING to me. I actually found it to be a terrifying experience because she so wholly inhabited me while I was writing. So I switched back to third person, and her voice went silent in my head. Surrendering, I switched back to first person, and her voice returned.
10. There are three people in the books that Glynis loves with all her heart and soul (other than her family): Ignatius, Laura, and Cneajna. When she interacts with these three, I can just feel the love burning in her heart for them.
Therefore, when I wrote the final scenes of The Tale of the Vampire Bride, both of us (writer and character) were crying. I was sobbing outwardly, and I could hear Glynis weeping in my head. I was so overcome by the experience I couldn’t continue writing for a day or so. I could FEEL Glynis’s utter devastation. Actors talk about method acting. I guess I method write.