21 Oct 2013

Guest post with paranormal author Casey Keen

I approached Casey Keen to write a guest post after discovering her on a fellow author's blog. I was intrigued by her books and wanted to know more. So I'll hand you over to Casey now...

Setting the Scene in Book #1, I’ll Be Damned … Savannah, GA
When it comes to writing a novel, the setting plays an important role in creating the tone/theme of the book and how the characters interact with it and one another. When I first developed the plot of I’ll Be Damned, I knew Savannah, GA would be the perfect city to add some depth into my storyline and characters, especially the lead, Anna. What about Savannah felt right? Well, the first time I visited this city (and I visit here a lot), it was love at first site. The minute my foot touched the cobblestone street I parked on, it felt like I stepped back into time. Homes, statues, squares, street lamps, architecture, etc.—most mimicked a time when true beauty was treasured and grace was sought after. Savannah radiates historical elegance and enchantment.
Another factor was familiarity. I wanted the main setting to take place somewhere I’ve visited. What’s the importance in that? Since I knew I would have more than one fictitious setting intertwined throughout the novel, I wanted the main point of reference (or the “heart”) to be “real.” Savannah is a city I’ve seen with my own eyes and created experiences in. Because of this, I can share my deep love for it in my writing. This allows me to help the reader envision the world I created in their perspective. 
Settings in novels can either be a character or embody character; sometimes both. In my novel, I wanted Savannah to be a place the characters can retreat to, but act as an influence at the same time. Throughout the book, the reader can see how Anna is heavily influenced by this city (for reasons I won’t give away here!) and in turn, how she interacts with it and what it has to offer. So, when writing, be mindful of the important role your setting(s) plays in each scene and with each character! 

Two worlds in danger.
A Grand Witch behind bars.
A stunning Werewolf and a devilishly handsome Warlock’s pursuit for her affections.
You think you have it bad? Grand Witch Anna Wolfe awakens to find herself imprisoned by Micah, the Prince of Darkness. Micah’s on a quest for world domination—and it’s not just the Netherworld that’s in danger. The human world is threatened as well. Now, it’s up to Anna to escape from Micah's clutches so she can locate The Scholars and an ancient book before both fall into the wrong hands.
With a fiercely loyal Werewolf and immensely powerful Warlock by her side, what can go wrong?
A lot apparently.
If fighting off the Prince of Darkness wasn’t enough, Anna’s emotions are a whirlwind, as she battles between what fate demands and what she actually wants.

I was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in the suburban outskirts of this amazing city. I love anything paranormal and/or supernatural - seriously I live in Philadelphia! For those of you who don’t know, this city is an awesomely haunted place! This healthy paranormal addiction has provided me the motivation to write my first book, “I’ll Be Damned.” I graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and I'm currently working on the Anna Wolfe Series.
I’ll Be Damned, Book #1 in the Anna Wolfe Series
Saved by the Spell, Book #2 in the Anna Wolfe Series

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