Raven and Lain Bower are a wife and husband team of writers. They are avid role-players and love to design mythical and diabolical creatures, characters and fantastic worlds together. They are co-creators of Farath, a new epic fantasy world in the works.
Raven and Lain are the authors of the Vengeance urban fantasy series which includes Primal (summer 2012), Smoke (2013) and Dead Moon (2013/14).
Lain and Raven also wrote the screenplay for ‘The Nano Effect, a dark futureistic suspense movie that is currently under production at Mad Lab Films. With Michigans very own comedian Justin Sullivan!
They currently live in Northern Michigan with their four kids and hell hounds.
Raven, what gave you the idea for Primal?
I kept seeing this werewolf male with wild black hair and gleaming silver eyes. He stalked me for weeks! Not that I minded, he’s very drool-worthy and beautifully Alpha. Thus began what might be considered a quite unhealthy relationship with him stalking me and my obsession with figuring out who he was and what story he held in his claws. Thus, the world of Primal was born.
Do you recall the first scene you wrote?
Yes! It’s still in the book too – Arvon in the woods under the light of the full moon, desperately attempting to escape the angry Alpha Female of his clan.
Did you have a scene that you loved but ended up cutting?
We cut a lot of scenes that were fun and shed light on different aspects of the story but just didn’t quite have the oomph they needed. One was a scene with the heroine Wrey helping a mare deliver a breech foal. It was a lovely scene, heartwarming and showed Wrey’s veterinary experience. Unfortunately, it didn’t add much to the story as a whole and so we nixed it.
I usually have an a-ha moment, where an insignificant detail becomes something really important. Did you have a moment like that? Will it spoil the plot to tell me what it was?
Yes, even though we plot our novels from first scene to last before the writing begins – these moments always creep up and they’re a delight. All I can say about this one, is that it added a diabolical dimension to one of the seemingly background characters who will come into greater play in Smoke (Book two of the Vengeance series).
Are you surprised where the story took you? Or if ended up where you planned, were you surprised how you got there?
We usually know exactly how the story will end because I tend to do a lot of what I call ‘Daydreaming’ which is really a sort of mental movie directing in my head. I run the cast through various plot ideas, scenes and twists to find the most dramatic course for the story. When I ‘direct’ myself into a corner, which happens, it’s a simple matter of rewinding from the point the plot went afoul and playing it forward again with different scenarios. That said, there’s always little details that the characters and world reveal during the actual writing process, but we’ve never (to date) had one that changed the course of the novel to the point where the ending or a major scene changed.
What story idea is sitting in the class right now, raising his hand madly, begging you to call on him?
The one we’re working on right now is a romantic fantasy adventure that simply refuses to go away. It started with the ‘Daydreaming’ process for a novella we were contracted to write and uhm, yeah, expanded into the outline for a novel. Love the characters! The book, which is book one of a trilogy, has the very first dwarven character I’ve ever created (I’m usually a solid elf person). He makes a wonderful sidekick to my hero, who is, shall we say, an unconventional romance lead.
It all sounds wonderfully cool! Thank you, Raven, for stopping by today. And of course, my lovely readers, too.