For me, Dream Huntress began with a character that came to mind so vividly, so clearly, that once she existed in my head, she was as real to me as any of my other friends. Although, that’s probably not something I should freely admit. But once she began speaking, there was just no way to shake her.
I’ve always loved romantic suspense, and I especially love reading a great police detective story. Let’s face it, crime is fascinating. I’m forever grateful to the men and women who are brave enough to strap on a gun every day to go to work. Have you ever sat down and just chatted with a cop? I recently had the pleasure of doing just that, and I could have listened for hours to all the crazy situations this particular officer had encountered.
But I’ve also developed a healthy interest in people who claim to have the gift of seeing or hearing the dead. Several weeks after my father passed away, I was going through his things. If you’ve ever had to tie up loose ends for a loved one, you know how emotionally stressful it can be. Suffice it to say, I had an odd experience that made my hair stand on end. I was certain he was in the room with me. The logical part of my mind tried to rationalize the experience away. But another part of me, a part just a little closer to my heart, has always believed he was there, watching over me.
After that, I enjoyed reading about and watching shows that dealt with psychic mediums. No surprise that Medium was one of my favorite TV shows. But it always ticked me off, that no matter how many cases Allison solved with her psychic abilities, the police department always doubted her visions. I looked at my husband one night and said, “Allison should just tell all those people to jump in a lake and get a badge of her own.”
I suppose my mind subconsciously toyed with that idea for the next day or so, because shortly after, the character idea for Jordan Delany—cop and medium—came to me in gush of writing. I knew instantly that my Jordan Delany would never be like any of the composed, self-assured mediums on TV. Following a tragedy in her past, she would be a darker, more wounded character that has never really been at peace with herself or her gift. I spent the next few years getting her story down on paper. I hope I’ve done her justice, but there are still days she rolls her eyes at me and says, “Seriously? That’s the best you can do?”
And just to throw her an extra curve ball, I decided my isolated, undercover cop needed a big, sexy, stubborn hero dropped right in her tidy path. One that her body has a hell of a time ignoring, even though her head knows better.
She’s been a different kind of heroine from the get-go. A little rough around the edges and her vocabulary might be sort of… ahem… colorful. But her badge means everything and she has a fierce compassion for the dead who appear in her dreams and need help to find justice.
My hope is that you will enjoy reading about her life (and the dead she communicates with) as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.