I am very happy to introduce you guys to Alma Katsu, author of The Taker Trilogy.
The Path to Writing A Supernatural Trilogy
First, let me congratulation Book Reader Addicts on its two-year anniversary! It’s hard to build a blog from thin air, put in the time writing reviews and gathering an audience day in and day out, and so I’d like to commend you on doing such a great job.
Next, I’d like to tell your readers a little bit about myself. My debut novel, The Taker, came out in September 2011. Like all of the people reading this post, I grew up a reader. And, when you love to read, chances are that at some point, you try your hand at writing. I did, as a teenager, and was hooked. My major in college was writing, I wrote for newspapers and wrote short stories on the side. I was convinced that I’d make my living as a writer.
Then a funny thing happened. I got sidetracked by a career, one that I never expected: I was hired to work in intelligence. I ended up having a 29-year career with CIA and the National Security Agency. It was a fabulous career but it’s hard to write “on the outside,” so I stopped writing fiction for about 15 years. Then, in 2000, decided I return to writing, to see if I could learn how to write a novel. I spent 10 years writing my first novel, The Taker.
I’m often asked why I didn’t write a spy novel, why I chose to write a dark fantasy series. The answer, of course, is that this is the story that’s inside me. My writing is a jumble of the types of stories I grew up loving: Gothic tales, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne. I wanted to write a novel that had was heartbreaking, that would sweep you up and carry you away, and had characters you couldn’t stop thinking about. I wanted to write an epic supernatural love story—and that’s what you have in The Taker Trilogy.
It’s the story of a young woman who makes a deal with the devil, so to speak, to win the heart of the man she loves. This man enables her to not only have the man she loves, but to be with him for eternity. Like all deals with the devil, it’s one she cannot win: she’s put both the man she loves and herself in terrible peril. And now this horrible, devilish man with whom she’s made the deal has fallen in love with her.
What the series is really about, though, is the nature of love. What does it really mean to love someone? Love demands a lot from us. Sacrifice. Devotion. Romance is sweet but love is difficult. Like all of us, the characters in The Taker books are flawed, and they are challenged to their limits to overcome their flaws. To become better people in the name of love.
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