Starting today, I’m counting down the days to the release of Gidion’s Blood with a daily series of 13 posts which will reveal some of the lesser-known details about the new book and the series. I’m starting this countdown by offering a few insights into Jun, the assassin.
Even as I was working on the first book in the series Gidion’s Hunt, I always knew the vampires would need to retaliate in any future novels. The one thing I didn’t know was what shape that might take. When the time arrived to start Gidion’s Blood, I knew the answer needed to be an opponent that is Gidion’s vampire equivalent. In every way that Gidion can get into the head of the average vampire and turn the tables on them, Jun is more than capable of doing the same to any vampire hunter.To avoid any confusion for those who read Gidion’s Blood, be warned that Jun is never identified by her name within that novel. The only place in my writing, thus far, where she is named as Jun shows up in the short story prequel Gidion’s Assassin, which introduces her as she tracks down a vampire hunter on the prowl in Hong Kong. I chose her name as a nod to the anime Gatchaman. I grew up watching that anime and even introduced my children to the series when they were younger. The only female member of the team is named Jun.
As for what my Jun looks like, I’ve always imagined her resembling the vampire-hunting character of Saya from the live-action version of Blood: The Last Vampire (this film was actually based on an anime of the same name); you might recall me featuring her in a previous Fangs God It’s Friday. The resemblence has less to do with a physical appearance than her demeanor, the cold detachment in her eyes and voice. In an ironic twist, the actress hired to play Saya in the film is Gianna Jun (she also sometimes goes by Jun Ji-hyun), but the shared name of “Jun” is simply coincidence in this case.At one time, I considered writing Gidion’s Blood from both Gidion and Jun’s points-of-view, switching back and forth as they draw closer to their final confrontation. The short story Gidion’s Assassin comes from the original draft of the book and would have been the opening chapter had I stayed with this original idea. Writing Jun turned into one of the most challenging parts of this book (even without the scenes being told from her perspective!), because I needed to stay true to the rules of the vampires in my world while making her unique among her kind.
Despite all I know and have written about Jun, she contains a lot of mystery. Even I haven’t figured out everything about her yet, and I suspect that might even be true for Jun herself.
Gidion’s Blood arrives in just 13 days!