A few of my readers have asked me where I came up with the idea for HIDDEN, and for the first book, Lost Girl. Here’s a bit of background!
HIDDEN History (In case you were wondering…)
So, HIDDEN has been kicking around in my brain for over four years now. The first draft was completed back in 2009. It started as a very different story, but the ending has always been the same. The heroine’s name was Jace, and her only ability was that she was able to sense emotions. In the end, I hated her. She was too wishy-washy; not at all the type of heroine who was capable of standing up to a hero (anti-hero?) like Nain. Then she was Megan, and that iteration of the character was closer to what I needed her to be, but she still spent too much time being passive and/or stupid.
Nain has always been Nain. Always. At, first, I envisioned him more like Lenny Kravitz, but the more I wrote him, he evolved, physically. Now I envision him this way: if Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Henry Rollins somehow had a blue-eyed love child, that would look like Nain. His personality has always been pretty much the way it comes across in HIDDEN. And creating a heroine strong enough to be her own person and still be with him has been a challenge. I think I finally got it right with Molly. She’s a tough chick, but she’s just vulnerable enough to give a little, to meet him halfway and make him do the same. I love them together.
The Myth That Sparked HIDDEN
In Detroit, we have this fairy tale, that the mythological Nain Rouge, an evil dwarf, causes bad things to happen in the city. If you see him, it’s a bad sign. This goes back to the French settlers who founded the city, and it’s a fairy tale that has endured. People reported seeing the Nain Rouge as the city burned to the ground in 1805, at the ’67 riots, and as late as the 70s during a massive snow storm. Each year, there’s a march, the Marche du Nain Rouge, which is the closest we have to a Mardi Gras. There is music, and a parade, and an effigy of the Nain Rouge, the idea being that by participating, we can keep the little devil away for another year.
The idea of an ever-present evil lurking here and causing so many of our problems stuck with me. My Nain evolved from this original vision, obviously. Mine wears a human skin, and that ties into the fairy tale as well; the stories say that the Nain Rouge can take any form, at any time, to surprise us and cause more chaos. I ran with it.
Anyway, so there’s a bit of background on the series. I have been having so much fun writing it!