>> Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Tami Jackson, Author of Ravena & The Resurrected,
writes from Seattle, WA
First of all, I'd like to say "thank you," Carrie, for offering me this chance to post as your guest here in Toledo, Ohio. While I'm a woman of a certain age (and therefore an hour or two older than you -- I read your profile page) I also grew up in an ultra-conservative home. Soon as I learned how the Harry Potter series was banned from your childhood library, I wondered if being raised with the Holy Bible could have inspired your and my adoration for dark fantasy. After all, vampire, werewolf and zombie stories could never be as frightening as the great apocalypse stories, the Battle of Armageddon, or Hell fires fueled by human bodies (example: Isaiah 9:19).
To honor the wolves in your banner here at Dark Novels (blog), I thought, it would be fun to introduce a werewolf from my book, Ravena & The Resurrected[ http://tinyurl.com/4zuew8m ]. (See drawing.) This is Conian, and while he does not appear in R&R until chapter thirty two, he certainly plays a major role in Ravena's personal evolution.
Conian was rather fascinating to write about because he's not merely one of the biggest shape-shifters whom Ravena meets at the Blessings Mansion, with all its medieval and Victorian decorations, but he only has one eye. Since Ravena has no idea what happened to make Conian somewhat of a cyclops, she never mentions his old wound, and not just because she fears it would be impolite. Readers don't have to know Conian for very long before learning he's very hot-tempered. Ravena doesn't want to ask him anything that might trigger his rage.
While Conian really enjoys all the power that comes from being a lycanthrope, he's sick of being hunted by the Assassins. To outsmart them, he determines to kill the alpha wolf in his blood line, even though he really has no idea who that werewolf might be. Fable suggests that destroying an alpha (man or woman that a sorcerer cursed as a wolf-mutant) will remove the virus from all subsequent werewolves created in that bloodline. Conian believes if he kills the alpha and changes back into full humanity, he will be absolved of any lycanthrope guilt and the Assassins will stop hunting him. Then he can move about society more freely.
In fact, right after the reader meets Conian, he ferociously murders another werewolf in his pack. Unfortunately, that wolf was not Conian's cure, so (even while the book does not directly disclose this) Conian feels tormented by guilt and becomes grumpier as the larger plot progresses.
Ravena & The Resurrected is a story that focuses primarily on Ravena Doomlah, who says: "My last name is Doomlah, after all. That means “doom” (as in “calamity”) and “lah” (suggesting I am supposed to sing about it)." Yet even the minor characters in the book have strong personalities that contribute to Ravena's personal evolution in a significant way.
Thank you again, Carrie, for allowing me to visit. Anyone wishing to follow this blog tour may click here:SunTigerMOJO.com/book-tour-author-tami-jackson-blogs.html. More information about me can be found by searching "Vamchoir" on-line, or viewers may visit my publisher's website: SunTigerMOJO.com