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Book & Author details
Raven by Stacey Rourke (The Legends Saga #2)
Publication date: May 26th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
An infamous love, destined nevermore,
For death could not claim, the enchanting Lenore.
Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane ventures to Manhattan in search of a way to break her soul crushing bond. Instead, she discovers the lines between fact and fiction are blurring once more. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Could the works of Poe be coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target?
She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind,
searching for he, her rotted heart doth pine.
Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they’ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries’ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman’s appetite?
Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned.
Where do you get your writing inspiration from?
Where does a writer find their inspiration? For me, in the past it has come from the standard avenues; the chorus of a song, beautiful scenery, life experiences, or sometimes even people watching. Drawing from the familiar has helped me create the emotion needed for a particular scene or chapter.
Those standard methods changed when I started the Legends Saga. Research became my inspiration. I began by rereading the classics written by the authors each book focuses on; book one being Washington Irving, book two being Edgar Allan Poe. I found elements from various works by each man that I could use to create my plot, and characters. From there I looked into the mythology behind the stories like The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I searched for lesser known facts I could use to add my own little twist on such well-known works. One such detail is the actual history of the Horseman. Sleepy Hollow folklore recognizes him as a soldier whose platoon was ordered by their commander to burn the little Tarrytown settlement to the ground and kill everyone that resided there. Storming into one home, the soldier found a baby alone in its cradle. Instead of killing the child, he rushed it out of harm’s way and hid it behind a barn. On his way back, he encountered the frantic mother in search of her baby in the chaos. He pointed her in the direction of her precious treasure, before returning to battle where he lost his head to canon fire. His body should have been burned like the rest when the fighting ended. Yet it was one very grateful mother that recognized him and insisted he be given a Christian burial for his heroic effort to keep her child safe. The rumor is, had he been burned he would not have rose again, but burying him allowed his spirit to ride again … in search of his head. Information like that acted as fodder to spur my muse on!
Feeling I was on to something, I didn’t stop there. My next step involved delving into the history of the men themselves and learning aspects of their lives that I could weave in to the back story. For example; Washington Irving actually did serve in the military with a man by the name of Ichabod Crane and Edgar Allen Poe—well, a little bit of digging and it’s easy to see that man was plagued by madness his whole life. I won’t give away all that I found out, but I will say that for people that know of the lives and subsequent deaths of Irving and Poe, they may see real life bleeding in between the pages.
So, where did I find my inspiration? For the Legends Saga I have found that history itself provides the most twistedly interesting motivation there is. I sincerely hope my readers would agree!
Oh I definitely agree with Stacey, how about you? Do you agree?
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Stacey Rourke lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. Mark your calendars! Her latest literary adventure, Crane, will release May 26, 2014. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this thrilling Legends Saga, as well as other literary projects.
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