I’m always fascinated to hear about the inspiration authors draw on for their characters. Today I’m joined by fellow writer, Angela Hartley, as she discusses her influences for her antagonist in her debut novel, Copper Descent.
The granddaddy of all antagonists is introduced in my novel, Copper Descent, the first volume of The Sentient Chronicles. Sinclair Devereux isn’t really a new character, but a fictional spin-off of an existing figure. Throughout time, he’s been known by many names, but all invoke terror. He’s evil incarnate, and necessary for our world to remain in balance.
On occasion, I’ve been asked what could have possibly possessed me to write about the fallen angel, Lucifer, but the answer is simple, really. I too was afraid of him. He showed up in all of my work, lurking in the shadows and waiting his chance to cause all sorts of destruction. To overcome my fear, I decided to shed some light on the torrent of emotions this dark figure created in me. I wanted to know if it was the entity who caused such a strong reaction or the array of feelings he represented in me. More than halfway finished with the manuscript, he finally explained who he was where he came from. No one was more surprised than me, but it made sense, so I decided let him talk.
Throughout my life, I’ve studied of many belief systems. I was born a Christian, but I had too many questions to stay in the confines of one doctrine. As I explored, I came to realize that Christianity isn’t alone in carrying a darker counterpart. I also found that there is so much more to Lucifer’s story than just hell, fire, and brimstone. The lost texts of The Dead Sea Scrolls proclaimed him to be the morning star. They also named him the heir to The Kingdom of Heaven, but his jealousy of Adam consumed him. Trying to prove his supremacy, he tempted Eve, and lost his kingdom in the fall.
These books were eliminated from the bible we know today, which left me wondering what else was missing. If Lucifer could tell his side of events, what would he say? After so much time would he still believe he was right in orchestrating Man’s fall? This became my premise for my Lucifer. I could see him walking in our world, consumed with vengeance and superiority. What better role to play out his ego trip than a famous rock star? I made a path for Lucifer to overcome his hate and find his way home, but only if his pride allow it. But even if he manages to make this choice, how will he cope with his permanent disfigurement and the judgment of his own race? I imagined he was capable of loving once. Unable to die, does he still pine for his mate? His banishment is eternal until Humanity’s suffering is at an end. Why wouldn’t he do all within his power to speed up the process?
Knowing he was cast in unfair role, do I believe his actions were justified? Absolutely not! We all have choices, and he continues to allow pride and anger to make his. Once his character was developed, I found I no longer feared Lucifer, but pitied him. Even though his return to grace is best achieved by eradicating evil, he has continued to create misery instead. He has chosen to remain in a hellish existence. After all this time, he’s still fighting the same war with no end in sight. How unbelievably sad. I wrote Lucifer in a redeemable way because I believe that light will always shine through the darkness. If there is a path for even the lowest of souls to overcome all obstacles, then there is certainly hope for the rest of us.
Here’s the blurb:
The tale of Sinauf was a secret nineteen-year-old Nina Douglas’ ancestors kept hidden for eighteen generations. But the truth has been brought into light.
The dark god of legend is real.
Caught in an ancient war still raging strong in the modern world, Nina is confronted with Sinauf—the embodiment of all she fears and desires. Like a moth drawn to a deadly flame, Nina must resist the seductive charm of a beautiful monster, or prepare to lose everything she holds dear.
Temptation has a name, and he is coming for her.
Angela Hartley spent much of her childhood being shuffled from house to house with only a book for companionship. The magic she found in the written word saved her in many ways, transporting her into worlds far more enjoyable than the one she resided in. Literature became a passion and the idea of writing carried her through years of uncertainty.
After high school, she met and married her own Prince Charming. They rode off into the sunset in his blue Toyota and a whole new world full of hope and happiness opened up. He claimed they could move mountains together, and they did.
While facing the painful realization that sometimes there are no tomorrows following her father’s tragic death in 2005, she decided it was time to follow her dreams. With the love and support of her family, she dove into another world, full of procreating angels and demon rock stars.
Her debut new adult horror novel, Copper Descent will be released on Amazon May 2014. Angela currently resides in Midway, Utah with her three children and husband.