The Truth Behind the Fiction: An Inspiration For Grave Attraction
I don’t know of a writer who hasn’t been asked about where they get their ideas. The truth of the matter is that they come from all over the place. Stories on the news, things your friends say, people you run into while standing in line at the grocery store, etc. It might be something small and seemingly insignificant, but you never know when that little nugget of inspiration will evolve into a character, plot point, setting, or critical line of dialogue.
When my husband and I moved into our current home, we noticed a house a few doors down from ours. It looked normal enough. It probably even has the same floor plan as ours. As we walked past with our dog that first night, we noticed that every single window of the house was completely covered with rolling metal hurricane shutters that were locked in place. Kind of like these:
In Florida, that’s really not unusual, so we didn’t think anything about it. But then hurricane season came to an end and the shutters remained over the windows. Months went by. Two. Four. At the six month mark, my husband started calling the house Shutter Island.
One day at the office, I mentioned Shutter Island to my co-workers, who in turn started coming up with theories about what was going on inside the house. One person thought the owner might be agoraphobic while another came up with a Breaking Bad scenario. Still another thought there might be some poor soul chained to the wall or bodies buried in the backyard. As you can tell, I work with a morbid bunch. LOL.
But one of my co-workers (who happens to read my books) suggested that my reapers would know exactly what’s going on inside. She said maybe they’ve been there three or four times already because a serial killer was using the home as his lair.
And with that, the opening scene for Grave Attraction was born. As the story unfolds, reaper Adam Javorski has to figure a way inside the house in order to harvest the soul of a serial killer’s latest victim. Once inside, he collects the soul, but is shocked to find a beautiful—and very much alive—woman being held captive in one of the back bedrooms. He finds himself so drawn to her that he breaks the number one rule for reapers and helps her escape.
So what’s really going on inside Shutter Island? Well, I’ll leave that to your imaginations. Why spoil the fun?
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Date of Publication: January 5, 2016
Number of pages: approx. 247
Word Count: approx. 90,000
Cover Artist: Lyrical Press
He’s a reaper who works by the book. But a sexy shifter will have him changing the course of fate just to be with her—if a killer doesn’t get to her first…
After four years as a reaper, helping souls cross into the afterlife is a job Adam Javorski has finally gotten used to. But when he arrives at the site of a serial killer’s latest victim, finding a living—not to mention gorgeous—hostage is the last thing he expects. The young woman captivates him in a way no one ever has—so much so, he breaks rule number one by helping her escape…
Marlena Walther doesn’t remember the man who rescued her. But when she sees Adam again, she recognizes him instantly as her soul mate. While the two work together to track down a killer determined to finish what he started, their undeniable attraction draws them even closer. Now Adam is the only one who can protect Marlena from a vengeful murderer—if he’s willing to sacrifice everything for her.
Lori Sjoberg is the award winning author of the GRAVE SERIES. She lives in Florida with her husband and four-legged fur baby.
Growing up the youngest of three girls, Lori never had control of the remote. (Not that she’s bitter about that. Really. Okay, maybe a little, but it’s not like she’s scarred for life or anything.) That meant a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy. Star Trek, Star Wars, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits – you name it, she watched it. It fed her imagination, and that came in handy when the hormones kicked in and she needed a creative excuse for being out past curfew.
After completing her first novel, she joined the Romance Writers of America and Central Florida Romance Writers. Now she exercises the analytical half of her brain at her day job, and the creative half writing sensual paranormal romance. Grim reapers are her specialty, but she loves to write about all creatures of the night.
You can read more about Lori at her website!