I’m making BLOOD LUST, my third Fallen Angels novel, free on Amazon on April 16, 17, 18, & 19th. It’s the first time Enoch has to interact seriously with kids. He usually avoids them.
I like stories that include kids and their interactions with adults. I’m not talking YA or children’s books, where the kid is the main character. I’m talking mysteries, urban fantasies, and romances where a kid’s one of the cast of characters. Kids put what adults say and do in a different perspective. A kid can make a scene more poignant or more humorous. Kids cut to the chase. They can smell B.S. And they can be hurt, let down. They can internalize sins that aren’t theirs. Of course, adults can, too, but for me, it hits harder when a kid’s involved. In one of her books, and I wish I could remember which one, Martha Grimes showed a crime through a young girl’s eyes, but the girl didn’t realize what she saw. The scenes with that little girl had such emotional impact, the feeling has stayed with me for years. I felt her confusion and fear, her sense that her dog loved her more than her caretakers. I can’t remember the particulars, but I remember that I worried for her.
I get aggravated when an author sticks a kid in a plot just to “use” him or her, as a gimmick, to crank up tension. But gimmicks, in general, annoy me. I like kids, though, so I wanted them to be a key element for Voronika in my Fallen Angels series. She was pregnant when a vampire turned her, and she lost the baby. Vampires can’t reproduce, so she’ll never have a child. Enoch is fine with that. He’s an angel sent to Earth to control rogue vampires, and he ends up mating with one. He tries not to get too attached to mortals, because they’re temporary, and he ends up taking in two young girls whom he rescued. He doesn’t want to keep them. Voronika does. The kids nudge him out of his comfort zone. They demand more than he wants to give. They’re a responsibility he takes seriously, even though their parents abandoned them. It was fun watching him make concessions for them.
On my webpage, I put a short snippet from Blood Lust.