When I wrote my first book, I had no idea that over time it would cause so much controversy and attempts to steal the words I wrote. ‘Blood Lines The Curse’ was in my opinion a fairly mild horror story. The setting, story line, the characters all came from my own head. I can take you to each object and places that helped inspired the story.
Stories my husband shared with me about the history of the family farm did color some of the story but there was a lot of historical research that went into that book. I have to admit, I did have a lot of help with that. Between my husband and daughter, I don’t know how I would have managed all the information I had to absorb to stay true to the area.
The name of the protagonist, Emma Cathryn, was my mother’s name. Charlotte was a name I have always liked. Other names and characters were inspired by some of the people I knew and their personalities. I wanted the story to have the atmosphere of the ghost stories of old horror movies that used that bump in the night to put you on the edge of your seat when you were young.
I wanted the reader to feel the emotions of the characters and connect with them. I know I did, but I wrote the book. I wanted to make you laugh, cry, and maybe scare the hell out of you at times. The sensations of being trapped inside an open empty grave, only you know you’re not quite alone down there in the dark. I also wanted the reader to feel the humor of the stupid situations that sometimes came along.
In fact, two out of the three books that are in the Blood Lines series have resulted in issues with YouTube. Now the second and third books goes to far deeper and darker places and are meant to scare the hell out of you. The second one should make you question when a friend disappears a little quicker than you might have before. I promise you will never look out over the calm surface of a lake the same way again if you read the third in the series, Family Ties. That was the hardest book for me to write. I still get the chills when I think of some of the things that came out of me when I wrote that one.
The point however, is why? What is it about these books that seems to set YouTube on a campaign to find something wrong, what it is that has made five companies try to claim ownership of my work? One short excerpt and five companies have tried to lay claim to the same thing. Damn that part must be really good. Yes, I know how a lot of this works, but with five different companies. Four were production companies.