Thanks to Jen McConnel and Weaving Words for featuring The Necromancer and a guest blog. –PM Richter
The Writing process leading to The Necromancer
Of all my novels, The Necromancer probably was the most complicated to write, and it took quite a while. I love reading paranormals and was intrigued by the word Necromancer. Learning the meaning–one who converses with dead spirits–made me think this type of individual could be an amazing evil character. I had lived in Hawaii for several years, which is quite the magical place, so I used it as the location for the novel. I added witches, an animal familiar named Lucifer, (after the orange striped cat in Alice in Wonderland) a professor of the occult, and of course a woman in jeopardy, Michelle, and her best friend Heather. The Necromancer is Omar, who stalks Michelle, and then there’s our hero, Rob Nakamura. A classic clash between good and evil; it’s for mature audiences. There’s a semi-graphic rape scene, which is a flashback, so we know Michelle has survived, but it is necessary for the plot.
I did quite a lot of research for the book. Omar, our protagonist, is the leader of witch covens. I read about spells, charms, the magic circle, the history of witchcraft and the Wiccan religion. And then there was a lot of research about
Hawaii. I lived there, but wanted to add interesting tidbits about the traditional culture, food and the other Hawaiian islands, like Kauai.
I’m a slow writer and edit as I go along. I have to admit that it took more than a year. Writing is like doing a jigsaw puzzle. All the loose pieces have to come together and the end of the book. You can’t leave dangling threads. Sometimes a character will take off and almost take over. I thought Heather was doing this, but it all worked out in the end because the book became big enough to allow her to do her thing, her way. All authors know that once a character is created, he or she comes to life and forces the author to write what that character wants. We’re pretty much at their mercy. Of all my novels The Necromancer is my favorite.
This is Lucifer, one of the characters in The Necromancer. He looks cute and fuzzy, but he’s a ferocious warrior. Just ask Rod Nakamura, who is the recipient of an attack.
The funny thing is, I’m quite surprised by what I write sometimes, as though someone else had taken over and written the novel. They call it ‘‘Being in the Zone.’’ You get so involved that time flies, and you look around, astonished. How did the house get so messy?–Where did the day go?–I’m starving. In one scene, I turned Michelle into a hero as she fights off some evil witches in the surf who are trying to hurt her friend Heather. I looked at the writing the next day and thought, this is quite startling.
Writing is so much fun and I hope the readers will enjoy the novel as much as I loved writing it.
Number of pages: 346
Word Count: 121,705
She picked the worst guy to have an affair with! – Evil stalks in Hawaii
Michelle was brutally attacked in her locked hotel room in Las Vegas. The police didn’t believe her and thought she must have lured a man up to her hotel room for a little sexual adventure, which went dangerously out of control.
Michelle sustained visible scars from the terrifying and almost lethal attack, but pure fear motivated the move from her home in California to Hawaii. She’s scared her attacker will come back. She’s sure the next time he’ll kill her. Now she has a successful career and she figures abstinence is an acceptable, if lonely, way to live.
Michelle decides that an affair with a wickedly handsome man who moves into her building might cure her of the humiliating, embarrassing, and uncontrollable anxiety attacks which plague her whenever she finds herself alone with a man.
How could she know she made the worst possible choice?
Omar Satinov, the man Michelle has chosen, is a secret, whispered legend across several continents. His lure is a mystical religion based upon Witchcraft; his hook, the addictive herbal products he sells his followers. But does he really have supernatural powers, as many of his disciples believe?
About the Author
PM Richter is an author living in West Hollywood California. She has a degree in Psychology, from Northridge State University. She has worked as a property manager for Nansay, Corp. a multi-national corporation, been a dance teacher for Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire Dance Studios. She has five novels available on Amazon Kindle.
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