I've always loved Sherlock Holmes – the original books, not so much the movies. My husband is the opposite; he started off being a huge fan of the older Holmes movies with Rathbone and just within the past few years sat down and read the original books. Needless to say we both adore the new incarnation with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law where Watson is returned to his proper place as an active and competent assistant and not just a comedy relief buffoon, as so many movies portray them.
When I set out to write "Blood of the Pride" it started first and foremost as a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) exercise – to write fifty thousand words in thirty days. I knew I wanted to write some sort of mystery but didn't want to just create another detective. I needed a character who had her own quirks and abilities that would make her unique among others, much like Holmes's deductive skills.
Thus Rebecca Desjardin was born. A woman with the skills of her shifter race, the Felis, but without the ability to Change. A misfit in two worlds, Felis and human.
A private investigator working out of her small house in
she uses her innate skills to work a variety of cases – adultery, insurance
fraud, industrial theft. But suddenly a murdered Felis calls her back to her
old family. Toronto, Canada
I love to write about
– it's my hometown and even after living in the for a decade I can still see
the streets and stores I used to frequent. I suspect a lot of them have changed
or disappeared entirely but in my mind they're all still there from the hot dog
carts on U.S. Bay Street
grilling onions at the crack of dawn to draw in the lunch time crowd to the
Silver Snail on Queen Street West,
the best comic book store in the city.
But setting a mystery in
presents problems that
Holmes would enjoy. Personal handguns are rare and well-documented so I
couldn't have Reb carry a pistol. While Canada Canada
is a lot like the in many ways there are the little
things that distinguish one country from the other – and it was a joy to write
them into the story. There's a Brown Betty for tea, Tim Horton's coffee and Timbits and a healthy love of all things Canadian, eh? United
I hope you'll come along for the ride as Rebecca rediscovers the ups and downs of her extended family along with the rush of a new love as she deals with Brandon Hanover, a reporter who could provide all the answers she needs – or be her worst enemy. It may not be Holmes and Watson but I can promise you one heck of a chase scene!
"Blood of the Pride" releases on February 13th from Carina Press!