Every writer has a different way of dreaming up ideas for new stories. For me, it’s my love of learning that often spawns new ideas. I’ve had a long-standing fascination with science, Egypt, and the supernatural–so naturally, I wrote a series of books about a resurrected ex-mummy girl whose lover from ancient Egypt was reincarnated to meet her again in the present day. Oh, and let’s not forget the sentient curse hunting them!
Where does science come into this? Well, several years ago I read an article about tiny creatures called tardigrades (aka water bears) that can survive the most extreme conditions. They can endure total desiccation–natural mummification, when the body becomes utterly dehydrated–only to be resurrected when water touches them again. These little superheroes can remain in suspended animation for decades, perhaps longer. This scientific fact triggered an unusual concept for a paranormal romance. My heroine would be an ancient Egyptian murdered and then mummified, her remains languishing in a tomb for over three thousand years, until modern scientists regenerated her body.
Here’s where magic enters the picture. The scientists returned her body to a lifelike state, but something else, something supernatural, brought her back to life. My obsession with all things Egypt inspired an epic romantic arc that spans the series and plays into the mystery of my heroine’s rebirth, though each story has its own happy ending. I even made use of my knowledge of the ancient Egyptian language in the last two stories, because I also happen to love learning dead languages. Yes, I really do!
The Reborn series stands as one of my favorites I’ve written so far, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too.