Using mythology for your story by Amity Hope:
I’ve always been a huge fan of paranormal/urban fantasy. It’s my favorite genre to read as well as to write.
When I came up with the idea for Malice, I knew I wanted to go with a completely original storyline. My main characters are primarily magic users. However, I wanted to give them a little more backstory than simply referring to them as witches.
A little bit of research led me to the Lamia and Striga, two Latin words for “witch”. Striga seemed to have a bit more of a negative connotation than Lamia. That’s how I decided that Lamia would essentially be the “good” magic users and Striga would be the “bad” magic users.
In another series I wrote, Tainted Legacy and Pure Redemption, I researched Nephilim lore. It gave me a solid backstory for my books. I enjoyed doing the research for this series. I was able to find a lot of useful information. I was then able to take that information and expand upon it.
I have another series planned for this spring that will heavily pull from Greek mythology. I’ve had fun researching that as well. What I like most is that mythology and lore can give you a nice starting point for your story, a solid foundation. You can incorporate the mythology into the storyline and essentially the characters’ backgrounds, but it also gives you the flexibility to take off with it, to really make their world something unique and original.
*First book in a trilogy. Young Adult Romance/Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Samara Cavanaugh has grown up in a world filled with magic users. She’s used to bizarre and peculiar. But when a stranger checks in at The Bella Luna, the bed and breakfast her family owns, the strange occurrences in Granite Falls escalate.
Many people are leery of Levi, their new guest. He claims to be in town doing research but Samara’s friends aren’t so sure that his claim is as innocuous as it appears to be. When two of her classmates disappear, her friends seem convinced Levi had a hand in it.
Those closest to her have been keeping secrets from her. Those secrets put everyone close to her in danger.
Suddenly, her unrequited crush on her best friend, Tristan becomes the least of her troubles.
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