First, a big thanks to Jennifer and the Magical Musing gang for having me over to play today. One of my favorite parts of writing a book is doing the research beforehand. Don’t get me wrong—I make things up for a living, so I’m fine fudging the facts of reality a little bit. Still, it’s nice to have a basic truth to begin with.
My new series, the Scorpius Syndrome, is a romantic suspense/thriller series that takes place after a deadly bacterium kills off most of the world. In the times of Ebola, Zika, and biological warfare, the scenario is a little more real than I’d like.
However, keep in mind that it’s the developing relationship between the hero and heroine that really matters in a romance. The genre, etc., is important, but the characters drive a romance, so that part makes it a lot more fun.
Yet still…I wanted something a little different. You know, not zombies as bad guys. You know who terrifies me as bad guys? Sociopaths…and serial killers. So I figured, what if the bacteria localizes in the brain and then alters some people…some for the better, and some for the worse? What if it can strip a brain and leave the person a fully living, thinking, breathing serial killer and not a zombie. Eesh, right?
So the bad guys in the Scorpius Syndrome (some of them, anyway), are serial killers. Those of course range from the wild desperate ones to the cunning, brilliant, calculating ones.
If the villains are bad….and the heroes have to be impressive. Who would survive the apocalypse? Tough, dangerous, deadly soldiers to start with. So the hero in Mercury Striking is Jax Mercury, a former gang-banger turned soldier who goes home to inner city LA and creates a somewhat safe place called Vanguard. He’s all set until Lynne Harmony, the former head of the CDC infectious disease unit and only person alive with a blue heart from a possible cure, shows up on his doorstep asking for help.
Anyway, back to the research. Did you know that bacteria can come from outer space…even in a small rock? It can. Did you know that some of the Ebola survivors have had their eye color actually change after surviving the virus? They have. Did you know that antibacterial gel might be more important than medicine some day? It might be.
Anyway, who knows. It’s nice to make things up and then return to the real world of Starbucks, Internet, and antibiotics. I hope they last. 🙂
MORE ABOUT REBECCA
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti has published over twenty-five dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and contemporary romances. She has received a Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks for several of her novels.
She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off…and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out. Her current series are: The Scorpius Syndrome, The Realm Enforcers, and Blood Brothers.
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