Small Town Setting
My book, Immortal Revenge, is about a human woman, Katie, who loses her immortal lover and home. She wants revenge, but there is much more to the story. As she seeks her goal, she learns she is part of a legacy. Naturally, she doesn't believe it.
When selecting a location for a home for Kyle and Katie, I needed a place close to big cities but not too small. Have you ever heard of the town of Mishawaka? It’s a real city in Northern Indiana, not far from South Bend. Chicago is due west and Michigan is North. Mishawaka is far enough away to hide the presence of vampire trouble for a while. However, the town is close enough to a city where the world COULD find out.
Although I haven’t visited the town, I imagined it having your typical establishments. It has the basic restaurants, fast food joints, bars and stores in town. Outside, you have farms. It’s Midwest America, so the farming community is going to be big, but not overly big. Mishawaka is very modern and not a hick town. In other words, thousands of people live there, not hundreds.
As I mentioned, the town is real. But some of the places in and out of Mishawaka are fiction. For example, I created a popular bar where my protagonist, Katie, and her best friend, Jules, work. The bar’s name: Tasmanian Devil. I also created an orchard outside of town. As I continue the series, I may create a few more establishments. After all, there has to be a roller-skating rink for Jules. (She loves her 70's disco and roller-skating.)
The events take place in modern day and the existence of vampires is a secret. Katie is one of few humans to know about them and their past. Riker, Kyle's long time friend, is a vamp who helps Katie, but he's more of a supporting character. The few other vamps are the villains.
Immortal Revenge is not a typical vampire novel, in my opinion. The novel and series is more about Katie, who is human, and her journey. The series is urban fantasy and is filled with action, violence, suspense, language and humor. Yes, humor.
If you’re curious to learn more about Katie Dillinger and her challenges in a small mid-west town, I encourage you to check out Immortal Revenge.
Immortal Revenge (The Legacy #1)
by Mary Abshire (Goodreads Author)
Vengeance comes with a price.
The Legacy, #1
Grief stricken Katie Dillinger is on a mission to claim revenge for the death of her lover. In a race against time to find the murderer, Katie reaches out to Riker, a man listed as her boyfriend’s emergency contact. The cold-hearted man comes to Katie’s aid, but she doesn’t completely trust him. To keep her friends safe, she insists they leave town immediately. But her efforts come too late. A friend disappears and a clear message is left in the wake: surrender or more people will die.
Katie’s world is turned upside down when she discovers Riker has vowed to protect her. She’s involved in a prophecy, one which her lover had been preparing her for before his murder. All the combat training he gave her suddenly makes sense, and as Katie fights to keep her friends alive, she’s forced to prioritize. Revenge now, saving mankind next.
CONTENT WARNING: Violence, Language