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20 November 2014 @ 02:57 pm
Developing the Redeemer Chronicles  

Ted said I oughta do a post about how REDEEMER isn’t Buffy, and I thought that sounded like a cool idea. Also it’s a chance to show you something that happens when you’re trying to promote a project like this, in terms of story development. :)

Admittedly, although the first bedeviled creature Rosie meets in the REDEEMER proposal chapters is a vampire, my idea for these books is really *not* to get stuck in a Vampire Of The Week story but to get caught up with a wide variety of demonic creatures. Buffy’s vampires can’t be cured (save forcing a soul on them), but the whole point of Rosie’s gift is that she *can* save a damned soul–

–but there I was, typing up something like that for a Twitter post, and it came out “Rosie Ransom can redeem a damned soul with a touch–but will she lose her own in the process?”


That, my friends, is the writer brain at work. And now I know that that’s going to be part of the long term story. Buffy’s always been in danger of *dying*. It’s also always been assumed in the Buffyverse that if you die, you go to some kind of Hell–but Rosie’s coming from the other end of the spectrum. In her world, if you die, you assume you’re probably going to some kind of Heaven…except, crap, if her talent leads to damnation…that’s a whole diffn’t kettle of fish. How far can Rosie go before the balance tips? What happens if and when it does?

So now I know why one of the later books will be entitled SALVATION. (Working titles right now: REDEEMER, DEFILER, TEMPTATION, SALVATION, and this could easily be an up to 7 or so book series, so I may need a few more in there…! :))

The truth is there’s a lot going on under the surface for why I want to write these books, too. Foremost–and this is a not-so-secret, at least to me, aspect of it–is that 1945 is a period of major social, political and economic upheaval, which makes it…a perfect lens for looking at today through. *Especially*, to me, the human rights/feminist angle, because Rosie’s part of the first generation of United States women who grow up with the vote. She’s held a job through most of the war. She’s a feminist–and she’s both proud and a little scared of that fact.

And she has friends who wouldn’t regard themselves as such, which is a good source of conflict. She also has–well, she has her Scooby Gang, guys, and one of the things I really want to do is tell a story with an ensemble cast. The Walker Papers are straight-up Joanne’s story, and the Negotiator Trilogy focused on Margrit and Alban. Rosie’s got friends: Irene, Maxine, Hank, Richie. They’re the Scoobies. They have–oh, man, guys, they have so many secrets and I’m kinda dying to tell them but I can’t. :) You can figure out Maxine’s by reading the chapters (but Rosie hasn’t figured it out yet!), and Hank’s will start developing straight off in…chapter four. :)

But even avoiding spoilers, there’s stuff with these characters, things I didn’t necessarily think about when I was writing them initially, that are still reflective of where we are today socially. Hank’s got a physical handicap in a world long before the American Disabilities Act started making the country a little easier for someone with a bad leg to get around in. There’s so much the-way-we-were versus the-way-we-want-to-be that I’d love to be able to quietly highlight in these books, and I’m really looking forward to doing it.

All I need is about 125 more backers. :) The clock is ticking; we’re down to 13 days and counting. I really hope it makes it!

The Redeemer Chronicles Kickstarter: REDEEMER is waiting for you! :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

HL Henriksonveilofgrace on November 20th, 2014 04:20 pm (UTC)
Ooookay. You got me. I was hemming and hawing 'cause I don't have much money to spend on books. 1945 and Buffy-inspired was almost enough to make me pledge automatically (plus being yours, 'n all). I have yet to read any of it but what you've put up here (mostly because I'm working on my own Buffy-inspired project and don't want to cross-pollinate). But dang. You happened to post Why I MUST HAVE this book on payday.

So here. Take My Moneys. I would give you more if I had it to give, 'cause this sounds awesome. I can't wait to see how you address those quiet highlights! :D

::does the dance of the excited KS backer::
kitmizkit on November 20th, 2014 05:07 pm (UTC)
aw, ♥! It's really only Buffy-inspired in terms of that being an easy "high concept" to throw at people: Buffy in pincurls, like. When I set out to write a proposal for it I wasn't like "Okay so if I take Buffy and drop her 50 years before Sunnyvale High..." or anything.

What I'm trying to say is it's probably safe to read, although the flip side is there's only 3 chapters and that may cause you to go augh. :)

Thank you SO MUCH, honestly. #lotsoflove
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on November 20th, 2014 07:32 pm (UTC)
I love seeing the process :-)(My own is bizarre enough, so I love to see other writers' talk about theirs.)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on November 20th, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, and the thing that stopped me is that the Kickstarter is in, um, I think, pounds? What does that come to in dollars, do you know?
kitmizkit on November 20th, 2014 07:49 pm (UTC)
It's in euros. Add about 25%. (I know that's hideous, but it's actually about 15% better than where it's been running for the past couple years. Let me tell you, getting paid in USD and living in a Eurozone is no fun. My paychecks over the past several years have basically reduced by 55% between agently commission and conversion rates. :/)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on November 21st, 2014 03:25 am (UTC)
OUCH. You poor thing.
wild_patiencewild_patience on November 24th, 2014 01:59 am (UTC)
I love the concept and signed up to support - I want an e-version of it. I see the billing won't be due until (if fully funded) Dec. 2015. My credit card expires in September. With my e-address and snail mail address, I assume I will be contacted for the updated card information.
kitmizkit on November 24th, 2014 08:11 am (UTC)
Billing will be in December 2014! The project will be delivered, at the latest, in December 2015! :) But yes, you'll be able to update your information. :)