4 Days to Go
When I started writing the Gidion Keep series, I didn’t get very far into the book before I needed to go car shopping. Not for me. No, Gidion needed a car, and this couldn’t be a simple choice for style. Hunting vampires provided some more important and practical considerations. All this led me to the 2010 Kia Soul.
You might think the choice of a car with the name “Soul” must have been made because if offers some tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement to the life-and-death stakes in the book or the souless monsters Gidion hunts. I wish I could make that claim, but I chose the Kia Soul for purely practical reasons.
When I made the choice to not let my vampires go “poof” into ash upon death, that made body disposal a factor. My initial solution to this was to make Gidion’s grandfather a mortician whose funeral home has a cremator. Problem solved, except Gidion has to get the bodies there. To do that, Gidion needed trunk space.I searched online for a lot of different cars, and while I could certainly have given Gidion cars with more trunk space, I wanted to consider the price of the car, too. I eventually decided that with Grandpa willing to help pay the bill, the car that fit best was the Kia Soul. I wish I could remember the other cars I considered, because it would be fun to compare them now, but I’m afraid I no longer have that information.
It’s hard to believe that as I post this, we’re just four days away from the new book’s release. Gidion’s Blood will be published on Tuesday, August 11th.A quick reminder that August 10th will be the last day you can buy my short story Gidion’s Assassin as an ebook. The story introduces Jun, a young vampire who gets paid to hunt down vampire hunters and eliminate them, as she pursues a hunter through the streets of Hong Kong. Her tale reveals just how deadly an opponent Gidion will face in Gidion’s Blood. Starting Tuesday, the only way to read Gidion’s Assassin will be to buy my short story collection The Deadlands: And Other Stories, which includes her story.