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Tips to Avoid Cliches in Vampire Fiction

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Guest Blogger: Brian McKinley

We’ve all been there. You’re reading a book you picked up on impulse because it sounded good when, a few chapters in, you’re struggling to maintain interest because every character and situation seems like something you’ve read a dozen times before in other books. Don’t you hate that?

Editors and agents go through that a hundred times a day.

Most likely, you’re reading this because you’re a writer, and not just any writer, but that particularly masochistic breed of writer that still wants to create new stories involving vampires. As a member of this breed myself, I can’t count how many times I’ve read or been told: “The market is glutted with vampire fiction. There’s no more interest.”

But, we wonder, if that’s true, then why are so many vampire series and novels still hitting bestseller status? If a first time writer can pop out a formulaic boy/girl vampire romance and make a mint, then surely there must be plenty of gold left to mine in the old vampire genre!

Well, yes and no.

I won’t pretend I understand the secret to the unlikely success of Twilight, but what I can say is that Stephanie Meyer wrote a story that she believed in and wasn’t afraid to remake the vampire to suit that story. Now, I make jokes about sparkling vampires, too, and I didn’t like the Twilight books, but there’s no denying that the author captured something that hooked readers. Of course, now the market is flooded with tender Young Adult series about misunderstood vampires and the sweet young girls who love them. That’s called chasing a trend.

Hopefully, you’re reading this because that’s not your style. You want to tell your story, the tale that burns inside you that you haven’t been able to find anywhere on the bookshelves. You don’t want to write another lame Anne Rice rip-off or Twilight wannabe!

I want to help. With that in mind, here’s some tips on how to avoid falling into the dreaded land of cliché when creating and writing your vampire masterpiece.

1. Be Aware of the Clichés!

This should be obvious, but it’s surprising how many authors don’t read as much as they should in their genre. Don’t assume that your idea is brand new just because you haven’t seen it in a movie or in your favorite series. Get out there and look at what other authors are doing! However, since no one has time to read every one of the literally hundreds of vampire novels published and self-published each month, here is a link to a wonderful website that explains and categorizes Vampire Tropes:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/VampireTropes

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Now, be aware that not everything listed on this entertaining and informative site is, in fact, a tired cliché that needs to be avoided. If you should find some of your ideas on this list, don’t despair! Many of these tropes have endured for decades or even centuries precisely because they are popular and accessible. What learning the clichés will do for you is make you aware of the wide range of well-recognized ideas that are already associated with the vampire archetype from centuries of stage, screen, and novel appearances. Once you know what the clichés and tropes are, you can make the critical decision of which to embrace and which to avoid.

2. Do Your Research!

It’s hard to argue with tradition or scientific fact and this can be to your advantage. Did you know that the traditional folkloric vampire of Eastern Europe bears more resemblance to today’s zombie than the suave, brooding Goth poster-child of modern cinema and literature? It’s true. There are even more fun surprises to be had if you research the vampires of other cultures. There’s the African Aswang, the Chinese Jiang-shi, the Roman Strix, the Norse Draugr, and the list goes on and on. There are literally dozens of rarely-seen vampire myths and legends to tap into for the author who is willing to step outside of the standard coffin.

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Introducing modern readers to some of these lesser-known vampire types is a great way to not only breath fresh life into your story, but it also celebrates the diversity of the vampire archetype and pays homage to its world-wide cultural heritage. Authors and readers come from all ethnic backgrounds these days and the ability to explore new cultures is a strong motivation to read.

The other direction one can take is toward the scientific and realistic. Granted, this has been done before, but luckily there are nearly as many ways to explain vampire-like creatures with science as there are with mythology. There are limitations to this approach, naturally, since even pseudo-science will only let you get away with so much, but what you loose in the fantastic, you gain back in plausibility. Really, it comes down to the type of story you want to tell and where your sensibilities lie.

Whatever you do, however …

3. Be Consistent!

Once you decide on what kind of vampire you want, you need to follow that through with the rest of your story. If your vampires are created by magic, then their weaknesses should be magical as well. Give them the traditional Dracula set or pick and choose from the classics based on what vampires are and how they operate in your world. If magic exists and can create vampires, then what else is out there? How does magic work in your world and what are its limitations? That may sound like an odd question, but even magic needs to have some kind of logic to it. Jim Butcher in his Dresden Files series does probably the best job of magic seem real without losing any of its wonder that I’ve ever read. Plan your world view out, even if it’s a magical one, and make sure all of the parts work together.

If your vampires are more on the realistic side, then give the reader insight into what it feels like to be one. Those of you with a scientific background can have a ball with this! Don’t suddenly introduce implausible abilities because they seem cool, keep it real!

4. It’s All in the Details!

Nothing is more annoying to me as a reader than when an author just glosses over their vampires with generic descriptions of how beautiful they are, how fast they are, how strong, etc. with no attention to the ordinary. Clichés are the fall-back of the lazy writer, which is why they become so commonplace and ordinary. Some authors think: “Well, everybody knows what vampires are like. I don’t need to get into boring detail.”

My answer to this is: If you’re going to give us ordinary vampires like we’ve read before, then why are you bothering?

What’s everyday life like for the undead/infected? I’m talking nitty-gritty here. Can you imagine how bad a vampire’s breath must smell if all they drink is blood? What about that room-temperature skin? Does that sound sexy to you? It’s amazing how often these simple, obvious details are glossed over for the sake of “romance.” Personally, I like my characters a little more approachable. What does your vampire do when he/she’s not out feeding? If they can’t see their reflection, then how in the world do they have perfect hair?

This may sound like nit-picking to some of you, but the best way to avoid clichéd writing is to be specific. Know your characters inside and out. Know your vampires. Think about them—really think. How do they get through all the little day to day hassles that the rest of us deal with? Look at what Joss Whedon did with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. These were shows about heroic, romantic, epic characters that weren’t afraid to show the awkward moments and even laugh at them. Rather than demeaning them, it made those characters real and honest in a way that few shows before had managed. Even Anne Rice described how Lestat crapped his pants when his body died and the fact that his dick didn’t work. Those kind of unpleasant details help balance the fantastic powers that Lestat receives, creating a subtle balance that readers recognize from life.

A vampire’s life should not be all glamour, epic sex, and superhero battles. Invest some time and imagination into your vampires and you’ll bring them to life.

5. Flip the Script

This last bit is about making some of those clichés work for you. There are times when you just can’t avoid a scene or situation that’s been done before, so what can you do? Make it work in your favor by setting up the cliché and then taking a left turn! The most obvious example of this is Buffy Summers, who should have been a stereotypical monster victim but instead is a powerful Slayer destined to hunt the undead. That’s a cliché turned on its ear and successfully inverted.

The occasional wink at the reader or ironic commentary can freshen up a deadly serious story with unexpected humor. By the same token, leading your reader to anticipate/dread a standard trope moment and then subverting it can be a wonderful twist. Think of Raiders of the Lost Ark when the crowd clears between Indy and the Arabian swordsman; it’s a clear set-up for a swashbuckling swordfight, but Indy just shoots the swordsman instead and gets on with business. It’s a wonderful surprise moment!

Sometimes, when there’s no good way to subvert the cliché, even just acknowledging it can be enough to make it more bearable. This is especially true with villains who love to grand-stand, but be careful. Self-referential and ironic humor is starting to become so common that it’s threatening to become a cliché of its own, so I’d recommend being careful how often you resort to pointing out your own clichés. It’s always better to steer away from them in the first place whenever possible.

I hope this has been helpful and entertaining! My final piece of advice for all aspiring writers, whatever the genre, is this: Write what’s in your heart. Tell the story that you long to tell rather than the one you think people want to read. In the end, no amount of originality can make up for a lack of heart.


Brian McKinley is the author of Ancient Blood and Drawing Dead, which won the 2016 Authors Talk About It Horror Contest. He lives in New Jersey and is working on more entries in The Order Saga.  www.brianmckinleyauthor.com

Faolan O’Connor spent his life killing for men like Legs Diamond and Lucky Luciano, and now it s his turn to face the music. But when vampire Darcy Killian offers him immortality, Faolan enters a world of violence, wealth, and power beyond anything he s ever imagined.
Driven by ambition and guilt, Faolan fights his way up the ranks in a battle to justify his sins with success. He s learned the hard way that relationships are vulnerabilities and friends are just enemies in disguise, but he also knows that he can t conquer a city alone.
Aided by an emotionally-crippled genius and a warm-hearted call girl, Faolan builds a loyal crew with which to challenge the tyrannical Killian s rule. However, will this re-awakened humanity prove a fatal flaw or his ace in the hole? With his life and the future of the city he loves at stake, can Faolan play his cards right or is he drawing dead? Click here to get your copy.

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Dead Men Don’t

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Dead Men Don’t

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A strange man has come to save her…but is he friend or foe?

Anderson Merritt’s been kidnapped, but when a stranger comes to rescue her, she isn’t sure he is who he says he is. He claims to work her father’s boss. But someone close to Andi set her up, and now she doesn’t know who to trust. Every man she’s ever known has seen her only as a tool to get to her father or his money, so why should this one be any different? As the sparks between them ignite, and the danger escalates, Andi has to choose—go off on her own, or trust that some men really are what they seem.

He doesn’t want to hurt her…but he may have to if she doesn’t come willingly.

Ex-CIA black ops specialist Levi Komakov doesn’t believe in hurting women, but when the place is set to blow and Andi won’t cooperate, he has no choice to but toss her over his shoulder and carry her out of danger, determined to keep her safe in spite of herself. But the beautiful little spitfire doesn’t make it easy for him. With her abductors seemingly always one step ahead of him, Levi suspects there’s a rat in the woodpile, but who? Could it be someone close to Andi’s father, someone in the FBI, or someone in the family Levi works for? When a new threat appears, and even the CIA can’t help him keep Andi safe, Levi puts everything on the line—but will it be enough?


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Series: Black Ops Chronicles


The Mastermind behind Dead Men Don’t:

Pepper O’Neal

Award-winning author, Pepper O’Neal is a researcher, a writer, and an adrenalin junkie. She has a doctorate in education and spent several years in Mexico and the Caribbean working as researcher for an educational resource firm based out of Mexico City. During that time, she met and befriended many adventurers like herself, including former CIA officers and members of organized crime. Her fiction is heavily influenced by the stories they shared with her, as well her own experiences abroad.

Learn more at http://www.pepperoneal.com.


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The Troubles – A Story of Terrorism and Identity Find

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The Troubles – A Story of Terrorism and Identity Find

Connie Johnson Hambley

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Jessica Wyeth refuses to continue living as a fugitive hiding under assumed identities. Through sheer grit, she struggles to reclaim her life only to discover what she fights for is an illusion. She is not the child of the picture-perfect New England family, but an unwanted castaway. Her frail and reclusive aunt died without exposing the secret that she was Jessica’s mother. Jessica travels to Ireland – her mother’s home – to learn why. 

When Jessica rides in a world-class steeplechase, she is unwittingly used as an accomplice in a devastating bombing in an English shopping mall. The group behind the bombing is the Charity, a generations old support network of the IRA. Michael Conant, reluctant heir to the Charity and Jessica’s lover, must choose his allegiance to his violent family legacy or the woman he loves. Meanwhile, Jessica’s fight for her life leads to uncovering her mother’s secrets and the divided soul of the Irelands.

 
“The Troubles” is a high-concept suspense novel that views the conflict in Northern Ireland through the prism of American involvement. This sweeping, multi-generational tale lets readers witness the delicate and dangerous layers inside an ever-unfolding world.

The Mastermind behind The Troubles:

Connie Johnson Hambley

Connie Johnson Hambley grew up on a small dairy farm just north of New York City. When she was a child, an arsonist burned her family’s barn to the ground. Memories from that experience grew the stories that have become The Charity and The Troubles.Leveraging her law and investment background in ways unique, creative, but not altogether logical, she has enjoyed robust professional pursuits that include writing for Bloomberg BusinessWeek. 

Learn more at www.conniejohnsonhambley.com.


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Confessions of an Assassin

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Confessions of an Assassin

Linda Heavner Gerald

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The secret government agency which Catherine Carnegie was enticed to join gave her the hardest assignment of her life in Bali, Indonesia. Once alluring, she now found the glamour and danger not worth the required sacrifice. Eventually, she was given a way out but it required the destruction of the thing she loved most. Her life was spent in pain and agony until the day a package arrived from an unlikely source.  That was the gift which set her free.


The Mastermind behind Confessions of an Assassin:

Linda Heavner Gerald

Linda is retired and lives with her husband on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Currently she has seven published novels with another Thriller on the way. Her goal is to demonstrate that regardless of our actions, God is always there to welcome us back. The books which she writes are books of substance with something to challenge or encourage. A medical background encourages her to incorporate facts that may help readers seek professional help for various situations or the provision of latest facts. Linda was voted One of 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading.

Linda has one son and one grandson who reside in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband love to take long walks on the Gulf of Mexico and bike on the trails by her home.

Learn more at lindaheavnergerald.com.


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The Crimson Corset – Bram Stoker Eat Your Heart Out

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The Crimson Corset

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Welcome to Crimson Cove

Sheltered by ancient redwoods overlooking the California coast, the cozy village of Crimson Cove has it all: sophisticated retreats, fine dining, and a notorious nightclub, The Crimson Corset. It seems like a perfect place to relax and get close to nature. But not everything in Crimson Cove is natural.

When Cade Colter moves to town, he expects it to be peaceful to the point of boredom. But he quickly learns that after the sun sets and the fog rolls in, the little tourist town takes on a whole new kind of life – and death.

Darkness at the Edge of Town

Renowned for its wild parties and history of debauchery, The Crimson Corset looms on the edge of town, inviting patrons to sate their most depraved desires and slake their darkest thirsts. Proprietor Gretchen VanTreese has waited centuries to annihilate the Old World vampires on the other side of town and create a new race – a race that she alone will rule. When she realizes Cade Colter has the key that will unlock her plan, she begins laying an elaborate trap that will put everyone around him in mortal danger.

Blood Wars

The streets are running red with blood, and as violence and murder ravage the night, Cade must face the darkest forces inside himself, and perhaps even abandon his own humanity, in order to protect what he loves.


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The Mastermind behind The Crimson Corset:

Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross was born in the western United States and began penning his own stories by the age of eight. First published by Damnation Books in 2012, Alistair has since published several more novels. In 2012, he joined forces with international bestselling author, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write the successful Gothic series, The Ghosts of Ravencrest. Their newest novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, is an Amazon Best Seller, and this summer also sees the release of Alistair’s solo novel, The Crimson Corset.

In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the internet radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Haunted Nights LIVE! premiered to great acclaim and has featured such guests as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, Jay Bonansinga of the Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels, and New York Times best sellers Christopher Rice, Jonathan Maberry, and Christopher Moore.

Alistair is currently at work on several projects including a solo novel and a new Thorne & Cross collaboration. His influences include the works of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Ira Levin, and William Peter Blatty.


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Not Where I Wanna Be – Musician Writes His Songs Into a Book

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Not Where I Wanna Be

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Sarantos has been writing lyrics since he was in the 4th grade and was always mesmerized by words. So Sarantos decided to do something no other musician has ever done before! He wrote his 1st fiction/fantasy book in 2014 but decided to raise the bar. The book is titled “Not Where I Wanna Be” which is the exact same title as his 1st CD. Additionally, Sarantos thought it’d be fun to mirror each chapter after the specific song released that month.

This is the story of his fantastic journey. Come along for this unusual adventure and prepare to be surprised at every turn.

Learn more at https://www.melogia.com.


The Mastermind behind Not Where I Wanna Be:

Sarantos

Sarantos is a solo music artist who started a unique journey in 2014 releasing a song, music video & book chapter every month. He plans on doing this every month until the day he dies. Although he is a singer-songwriter, his true passion is lyrics so Sarantos decided to do something no other musician has ever done before! He wrote this 1st fiction/fantasy book mirroring each chapter after the specific song released that month. In this fiction/fantasy book, Sarantos is a young human male born on Earth, but currently residing in the home of Wallis on the world of Yarrowtopia. He is 30 years old with dark curly hair and a sensitive nature. He writes lyrics and plays guitar…


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Death at Gills Rock

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After tracking a clever killer in Death Stalks Door County, park ranger and former Chicago homicide detective Dave Cubiak is elected Door County sheriff. His newest challenge arrives as spring brings not new life but tragic death to the isolated fishing village of Gills Rock. Three prominent World War II veterans who are about to be honored for their military heroics die from carbon monoxide poisoning during a weekly card game. Blame falls to a faulty heater but Cubiak puzzles over details. When one of the widows receives a message claiming the men “got what they deserved,” he realizes that there may be more to the deaths than a simple accident.

Investigating, Cubiak discovers that the men’s veneer of success and respectability hides a trail of lies and betrayal that stems from a single, desperate act of treachery and eventually spreads a web of deceit across the peninsula. In a dark, moody tale that spans more than half a century, Cubiak encounters a host of suspects with motives for murder. Amid broken dreams, corruption, and loss, he sorts out the truth. Death at Gills Rock is the second book in Patricia Skalka’s Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series.


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The Mastermind behind Death at Gills Rock:

Patricia Skalka

A lifelong Chicagoan,Patricia Skalka is a former Reader’s DigestStaff Writer and award-winning freelancer, as well as one-time magazine editor, ghost writer and writing instructor.  Her nonfiction book credits include Nurses On Our Own,the true-story of two pioneering, local nurse practitioners.


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Down Set Hut – The Untold Story of College Football

Down Set Hut – The Untold Story of College Football


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“Down, Set, Hut” illuminates the real world of college football. Learn about all the human drama that accompanies the high stakes world of America’s favorite sport. Charlie is trying to lead the Puma college football team to a championship that could change lives forever. Is the building pressure and stress too much for him? Mary tries to be the supportive college sweetheart, but it is not as easy as she thought. Will their relationship make it through the season? Blake chases his dream of becoming a head coach. April has to decide if her husband’s dream is her own. Or is being a coach’s wife too much for her to handle? Can their marriage survive the constant tug of war between football and family life? Follow these characters through all the trials and tribulations of a college football season and find out if the Puma can reach their goals and win that elusive championship.


 

Janelle’s Review:

Wow! What a fascinating story. If you love college sports, especially if you love football, you will easily become wrapped up in Matthew William Nighswonger’s fictional story, Down Set Hut: The Untold Story of College Football. Nighswonger shares two stories in one within Down Set Hut. Charlie had dreams of being offensive team captain, and when that dream came to fruition he was ecstatic. Blake Jones had big dreams of being head coach, so when he was offered a promotion to be defensive coordinator he jumped at the opportunity. What Charlie and Blake weren’t fully prepared for was the intensity of the added pressure, commitment and responsibility that these new roles added to their already full plates. Charlie had school, a casual girlfriend and his future to consider. Blake had a wife, new son and a big mortgage to take care of. These added pressures and responsibilities brought about new challenges for both of them. The big question for both was whether or not they could make the right choices for their personal dreams as well as for their romantic relationships.

Down Set Hut: The Untold Story of College Football offers you more than just a peek behind the curtains of the trials and tribulations of attaining one’s dreams. Matthew Nighswonger gives you a chance to immerse yourself into the experiences of both Charlie and Blake, but he also gives you a chance to grasp what Mary and April, their beloved partners, felt, too. With great detail and intense writing, Nighswonger has written an amazing story that is rarely found. Embrace what college football is really like through Matthew Nighswonger’s prose, and Down Set Hut will lead you to never view college football quite the same again.


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Matthew is a teacher and coach in Las Vegas, Nevada. Matthew is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, where he graduated from East High. He has a Master’s Degree and teaches college level, AP classes. He played college football at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah and at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. He was team captain and team MVP for both schools. He is married to his wonderful wife, Laurie and he has an awesome son named, Lance.

Learn more at www.mwnighswonger.com


 

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Of Knight and Devil

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It is 2110 and migration to the colony planet, Alethea, has depleted Earth of billions of people. As a result, migration has been declared illegal by all world governments. Human trafficking becomes highly profitable for organized crime and their influence reaches beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. Many starships returning from Alethea are diverted from the scrapping process and secretly refurbished, allowing the population to shrink further. Frank Campanelli is a blind Chicago Police detective who depends on his fully functional bio-electronic implants to see and do his job. After assisting on a botched infiltration of a top human trafficking network, he and his partner, Marcus Williams, are transferred into the CPD’s Organized Crime Division to head the newly formed Sentinel group and bring down the Ignatola family business.


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Frederick was born in Chicago in 1970 and now lives in Villa Park, Illinois with his wife, Rae and their three dachshunds.

In 2010, Frederick’s first novel, The Dregs of Exodus, was published. This was followed up with, The Pirates of Exodus in 2012.

Throughout 2013, he continued writing and published four short stories for Kindle.

In 2014, Solstice Publishing picked up his third novel, Campanelli: Sentinel. The novella, Minuteman Merlin was published in March, 2015.

In April, he became an editor for Solstice Publishing and is a columnist for “All Authors Magazine”.

Novel #4, Of Knight & Devil is set to launch in August, 2015.

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The Superyogi Scenario – A Fascinating Novel

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James Connor’s book, The Superyogi Scenario, has been one I didn’t want to put down. Absolutely love the concept and the unique portrayal of ancient yogic and Buddhist wisdom.  The concept of merging that into a fictional superhero/villian story is amazing and profound.  This is a MUST have book in your library.

And….the sequel will follow before you know it! 

In the meantime, listen now to our fun conversation with James.  He was on a long meditation retreat when he began writing The Superyogi Scenario.  

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James Connor began writing supernatural thrillers when he won a Raven Society Award at the University of Virginia in support of his creative writing. But it wasn’t until two decades later that James felt compelled to publish stories that allowed readers to experience the deep wisdom that he gained from his 15 years of detailed Buddhist and yoga training.

James was the CEO of a successful New York ad agency for 14 years before he gave everything up to undertake a three-year isolated meditation retreat in the high-desert mountains of Arizona.

On Sunday afternoons in retreat, he’d take a break from meditating to write. What resulted was The Superyogi Scenario, a fun fantasy thriller that’s a new take on the superhero story and based on authentic verses in The Yoga Sutra and ancient Buddhist texts. He created The Superyogi Scenario as an entertaining way for people to explore the inner powers that are accessible though Buddhist and yoga teachings. Following in the footsteps of his story-telling idols C.S. Lewis, Neil Gaiman, and the Wachowskis, James is a firm believer in combining philosophy with fun.

He is also the founder of GoBeyond.org, a non-profit that teaches people how to meditate from authentic sources in the Buddhist and Yoga lineages and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

To learn more, visit www.byjamesconnor.com

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