Some people have been asking me where I get ideas for stories...or if I can give them advice to help them get started as writers (no seriously...I'm not bragging, people have asked me that). And while this is flattering, the sad truth is that I...don't honestly know what to tell them. Inspiration is not a switch I can flip. It is fleeting, and it comes and goes as it pleases. So instead, I figured I'd just sort of give you these 'Story Origin' journals, explaining the background behind how I came up with a story and what lead to its creation and my own theories as to why it got popular or unpopular. This way you can draw your own conclusions about the story and about what you can take from it!
So The Night Angel. Those of you who haven't read it, here's the short version: Rebecca Anderson has been hunting monsters since she was a kid. Little did she know that there was a reason for her passion! As monsters begin acting strangely and her father is forced to flee, Rebecca is made aware that a deity of untold power is on his way to her with an evil plan for her. It turns out, Rebecca is not a normal girl; she's a night angel, the offspring of a human and a monster where the human genes are dominate over the monsters. She is a guardian of the night...and yet she doesn't know how to use her gifts. To survive this new threat, she must learn fast, and so she seeks out another night angel named Joshua Rains who may hold the key to her future.
How'd it Begin?
Several people think I got the idea for this story from Witcher...but that's not true. I hadn't even heard of Witcher when I began this series...heck I didn't even own an Xbox at that point. Actually the truth was that the idea came to me while I was on a hike one day. I was out in the mountains with my buddies from Camp McCall and we were swapping stories. One of them asked if I'd ever seen the movie Blade, a comic movie about a half vampire, half human named Blade who hunts and kills vampires. I had seen the movie, and he asked what if Blade had been part werewolf instead? The thought occured to me that 'vampires killing their own kind" is a cliche stereotype. Hellsing, Blade, Blood Rain, Vampire Hunter X, even Twilight...they all do this. So I thought about a story where a werewolf killed his own kind. But how would I do that? Then I watched a few other movies and read some other materials, including Supernatural and Van Helsing. These gave me new inspiration for a new breed of monster hunter...a more modern one, but with a supernatural fling. However, at that point, I was planning on making Joshua the main character..
Where did Rebecca Anderson come from?
At this point in time, I'd never written a female lead character. I was nervous too, as I wasn't sure how girls think, act, or respond to different things. But, deep down in my gut, I knew that I NEEDED a female for this role. Rebecca was my final creation for the lead. She was meant to be just a female me. I figured the best way to start writing a female character is to take yourself and just change your gender. I then expanded from there. Rebecca is essentially me. Her actions are mine, and that makes her easy to write, as it isn't hard getting inside her head.
Is it any Good?
Depends on who you ask. To me, it's easily one of my favorites. After playing Witcher, I quickly realized just how much ideas and prospects could be pulled from my concept. I have the advantage of having my story in modern times, which creates a new dynamic and potential in the plot. I love the story and where it's headed. To the readers......it's a hit and miss. To many it's entertaining and thought provoking...but as some have pointed out, it suffers from standard monster hunter cliches, and Rebecca herself isn't that interesting of a character...at least to them. It doesn't help that she is basically ME. When you have a character so closely connected to you that she IS you, it's hard to imagine her going too far beyond the scope of reason, which is necessary for a character as they need the room to explore their potential.
I can't take all the credit for where this story went. Below I've put together a bunch of fanart that was done for The Night Angel, and all of them deserve mentioning! , , , , , and . All of them helped give me the drive to keep writing the story! Plus I want to thank my brother and (surprisingly), my own mom who actually gave me some of the ideas for Rebecca's development and attitude. And finally I want to thank my Professor, Dr. Palmer, for giving me the idea of using the Honjo Masamune as the legendary sword of choice in the story!
Night Angel Fan FictionMark picked his way carefully through the woods. The thick trees stood rather sparsely, with thick trunks and branches that spread out, creating a canopy of leaves that, at day, would tint the sunlight green. Tonight, however, something was off, he could tell. Usually, this forest was bustling with life; birds, owls, foxes, raccoons, deer, and so on. Crickets chirping, frogs croaking, owl hooting, birds singing.
However, tonight was dead silent. Not a sound or sign of life was present. Mark was used to strange creatures being in these woods, since he often hunted them. Mark was a skilled monster hunter. Zombies, trolls, giant spiders, he fought them consistently. However, he only hunted feral creatures. He couldn't bring himself to kill creatures with sentience, such as werewolves and vampires, unless in self-defense. But that was besides the point. A strange presence was disturbing his forest, and Mark wasn't going to leave it be.
He kept his hand on the handle of his silver katana as
I think that about wraps it all up! If ya'll have other questions surrounding The Night Angel, or you want me to discuss another story and where it came from, just comment and let me know! THANK YOU!