For nearly a year and a half we have been living in the skin of our characters, Danielle Labouleaux and Aiden Stone, stars of The Body Hunters series. We know these characters and their supporting cast so well, we know how they would react in certain situations and can even complete their sentences. Right now the third book in the series is with our editor Reggie and we're in the midst of writing the fourth book. After we release the fourth book, tentatively titled The Lazarus Effect, we're taking a break from Danny and Aiden and starting another series. That's where the problem lies.
One thing we've taken note of from our
readers is that even though they love the mystery and paranormal aspects
of our series, they love the drama between our characters even more.
Therefore, we decided to delve into something that was strictly drama in
a real world setting. We can promise that there will be plenty of
twists and character conflict. The dilemma lies in creating characters
who are not just Xerox copies of the cast from our first series. We're
not going to cut any corners and we're not taking the easy way out.
new protagonist is a biracial young woman and that's where her
similarity to Danny Labouleaux ends. We're purposely making her an
edgier character who would do things to accomplish her goals that Danny
would shudder to even consider. It takes a little work to take your
brain out of one character and transplant it into another, especially
when you've been in their mindset for so long. We've had a long time to
develop Danny and figure out what makes her tick, now it's time to
devote that same love and attention to another protagonist. While Danny
and company feel like home, these new characters and scenarios have us
in uncharted territory where we are free to start over from scratch. It
may be a daunting task, but it helps us grow as writers.
we're not leaving The Body Hunters permanently, there's still a lot more
stories to tell, as well as a prequel, and the movie script that's
currently in the works. One day I'd love to see Danny and Aiden on the
big screen. We're just taking a little time outside our comfort zone to
develop something else and challenge ourselves. If it's not a challenge
is it even worth doing?