Book: Men of the Cave (Symbol of Hope) by Marisette Burgesscategories: Book, Young Adult, Saints, Immortals, Greek Mythology, Christian Legends, Adventure, Paranormal Romance
Marisette Burgessabout this book: This story encompasses different aspects of life, faith, and the supernatural. When I decided that I wanted to write a young adult novel with a female protagonist I knew exactly whom I wanted my heroine to be like. Kasey is loosely based off my favorite storybook character a young girl named Juniper, from the Juniper Game by Sherryl Jordan. I knew Kasey was to be a red headed, hippie sort of girl. I wanted her to come from a completely different background than the main male character. I also knew that no matter what direction the story took, my goal for Kasey was that she discovers a part of her past and herself, which she never knew could even exist.
Once I established Kasey in my head, I then needed a story, an adventure for her. I also needed her male counterpart. This proved to be difficult. I had no clue what I was going to write about, all I had was this great protagonist. One frustrating day I decided to Google unknown rare legends and like a diamond in the ruff I found my precious answer. A title flashed across my screen, Seven Sleepers.
I read an article about these seven men who went to sleep in a cave for 200 years to escape persecution from an Emperor. I fell in love with the legend and the idea of these self-sacrificing men who were willing to give their lives.
The gears in my head started to turn. I thought, jeez if I were a teenage girl, hell even an early thirties mom (which I am), wouldn't I love to read about seven hot brothers who were willing to die for what they believed in. The answer was easy, of course! Therefore, I started to form the seven brothers. I kept some of the authentic names for the boys, a couple I changed. Dion, my central male, was developed first. He was to be Kasey's love interest. I spent a lot of time molding those two before I formed the others.
In a nutshell, I had all these great characters developed and no real story. I knew I wanted to use the back-story of the legend in mine and I knew I wanted mine to take place in real time. So now, I had a few plot points in place. As a lover of Greek Mythology, I wanted to incorporate this somehow. That is just what I aimed to do.
The ideas started to flow quicker than I could get them down. I created an outline and never followed it. Once the writing got underway, the story took on a life of its own. I knew loosely what I wanted the end result to be, but not everything that happened in the story was how I originally envisioned the plot would go. As soon as I finished Men of the Cave, I knew without a doubt how the rest of the storyline would unravel in the series and where I wanted my characters to end up.
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