Jill Myles has written a special post for us today called Twisting the Mary Sue that explains how she has taken what could have been your typical Mary Sue character and turned the concept upside down. If you haven't heard the term Mary Sue before, check out the Wikepedia article on the topic. Jill will drop in occasionally to respond to questions, so please welcome Jill and take the opportunity as her what's in her diary.
I am giving away a copy of both books and Jill has graciously donated a goody package of signed promotional swag (signed bookmarks, cover flats, etc.) to be won by one lucky commenter. Details on the giveaway guidelines at the end of the post.
Twisting the Mary Sue
A while back I had this idea – I wanted to write about a normal sort of girl who got mixed up with immortals. It was such a fun idea to play with – what if you were transformed overnight into some sort of mega-attractive immortal? Eat whatever you want and never gain a pound?
What if men were falling all over you and you had these new powers that would allow you to control the thoughts of others as they slept?
Pretty cool, right?
Pretty lame story, though. There are no drawbacks. There are no bad things that could happen. So you wake up as a hot immortal – oh you POOR thing. How you must suffer.
That was how Gentlemen Prefer Succubi started out. I loved the concept of a woman being turned into an immortal overnight, and detailing out how she would learn to cope with this new, cutthroat world she’d been introduced to. The thing that was stopping me was that the entire idea seemed a little too…pat.
So…I decided to mix it up a little. Play with the concept. Who is the sort of person that would hate to be a sex vampire? Answer: Someone that can’t find a date.
Who would hate to be looked at as a sexual object by every man she runs across? Answer: someone that relies on her brain to get ahead.
What would be the downside to being a ridiculously hot immortal? Answer: not being in control of your own actions.
I piled all of these flaws onto my main character, Jackie Brighton. I made her a grumpy, dissatisfied docent. She has a job at a museum, and desperately wants to get ahead. Her boss hates her. She has no boyfriend (and hasn’t for a while). And when she turns into a succubus, things go from bad to worse. Her boss thinks she’s skipping out on work because she went to get a boob job. The museum guests follow her wherever she goes. No one seems to take her seriously anymore.
And she has these…urges. Oh dear.
Things go from embarrassingly bad to worse for poor Jackie – as a succubus, she’s slave to the whim of not only one master, but two. And they hate each other. And they both want her for themselves (and so do a few other unsavory characters).
Still a Mary Sue? Not so much. For me, that’s one of the most fun things about writing these books – taking the concept of something that could be amazing, and making it into a giant pain in the ass for the main character.
(Although, an afterlife with endless Doritos doesn’t sound *that* bad.)
The second book in The Succubus Diaries was just released Tuesday so if you haven't tried the series you can pick up both books and read them back to back. Here is the cover and blurb to Succubi Like It Hot.
Nobody said Sucking was easy.
With a flirtatious new figure, her dream job as an archaeologist, and two gorgeous boyfriends to scratch her seductive Itch—an angel and a vampire—Jackie Brighton is totally getting the hang of life as a succubus.
Then her need for sex spirals out of control, and she accidentally knocks the pizza guy unconscious with her touch. Great, she’s cursed. Unfortunately, neither of her jealous lovers is exactly talking to her right now.
So after Jackie strikes a deal with a crafty demon, she and her best friend Remy take a cross-country road trip to deliver a cryptic message to the nation’s oldest succubus (who doesn’t look a day over eighteen.) Their journey gets weirder with every mile—demonic possession, a charming stalker, a deadly hotel room warning—but when they get to New Orleans, Jackie discovers a dangerous catch to her supernatural bargain. Someone wants her dead (again), but has she been sleeping with the enemy?
Or do the forces of evil think they’re some kind of match for a vixen in a miniskirt?
A big thanks to you Jill for the insight into Jackie and best wished for terrific sales on the series. Now for Book 3 !
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I am giving away a copy of Gentlemen Prefer Succubi and Succubi Like It Hot and Jill has graciously donated a goody package of signed promotional swag (signed bookmarks, cover flats, etc.) to be won by one lucky commenter.
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- Giveaway open until Midnight, January 27, 2010 EST. Winner will be selected by the Randomizer.