It was pretty clear to me when writing the first Demon Spring book that Cam would be the stand-out character. She’s got threads of Lizbeth Carter from Razia–the long-suffering best friend who pushes the protagonist to be more than he/she is. But as I got into writing the second Demon Spring book, Cam took on a life of her own. So much so that halfway through drafting, she got her own POV. Then she took over the third book completely. In true Cam fashion, she informed me of what she wanted, how she wanted to do it, and then just did it.
Cam in the first book is a familiar sight to anyone who’s ever been friends with a strong woman. She bosses Jack around, forcing him to come to Atlanta, be her partner, get the hell over Sara’s death. And at first glance, it seems she’s over the death of her sister. But in small flashes, we begin to see a woman who’s not over anything–just good at bottling her emotions.
In Revival, we see more of her private unraveling. And also, we see her start to question why she’s so intent on pushing Jack. Why she wants him to get back to normal. Is it because she loves him on a romantic level or some other reason?
Without getting into too much detail or spoilers, while Cam asks herself if she loves Jack on that level, the truth is, she doesn’t. She would do anything for her best friend, but he’s just that–her best friend. But feeling the tug toward more-than-friends as I wrote the story, I wanted to explore that feeling, and let Cam tell me how she really felt. What she revealed to me was rather eye-opening, and absolutely fitting with Cam’s overall character.
Playing with POVs
When I first started Demon Spring, it was 100% from Jack’s perspective. But as the plot came to me, I realized there would need to be multiple voices to be able to do what I wanted. And as Cam’s story came to me, it became an integral part to Jack and Anya’s, allowing me to tie two disparate storylines together in a neat little bow. Love it when that happens.
In Revival, Cam decides to out-research Jack. Unable to keep up with their flitting around, she hopes if she figures out Colibrí’s curse before they do, she can be waiting. But what she ends up finding is something a lot more sinister than she lets on, and actually ended up resolving a nagging plot issue in the first book.
And that, really, is why I so enjoyed writing all three books at once. It really did give me the space to suss out how I wanted things to fit together. Things that happened in Book 3 informed small changes in Book 1. And having them all in my own private world first allowed me to form it how I wanted before sharing it.
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Demon hunter Jack Grenard’s life changed three years ago when his wife was brutally murdered by the very demons he’d been hunting. At the urging of his partner Cam Macarro, he’s starting a new life in Atlanta, hoping he’ll find the man he used to be. But on a routine hunt, they come across a new type of demon–one that saves instead of kills.
Meanwhile, demons across Atlanta are preparing for the quadrennial uprising of their Underworld brethren. Worse yet, there’s a rumor the so-called king of the demons, Bael, will appear for the first time in over a century. Jack and Cam must uncover the truth about the mystery woman before all hell–literally–breaks loose.
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