One of the hardest parts for me as an author is saying goodbye to characters. Whether they die on the page or the novel comes to an end, I find it sad and sometimes very difficult. Due to this completing a novel always brings about mixed emotions for me especially when the character has been with me for a long time.
My oldest character is my vampire Taku Kokawa. I originally created him in 2005 as another character’s antagonist/occasional lover and have been writing stories about him since then. So that’s 14 years and the majority of my adult life dedicated to one character. And as silly as it might sound, he’s become a part of me. In some shape or form, Taku is as much a part of my day as my family, friends, cat and work colleagues are. He is always there and it will be really strange when there comes a time that this ends.
So needless to say I am partly dreading the day that I finally complete his story. Of course another part of me is going to be proud of my work and achievement, and will not be able to wait to share my finish novel with everyone. But I’m honestly not going to be surprised if I shed a couple of tears over it too!
As I have mentioned, my sequel to Demon’s Blood is currently with my proof-reader, however this is not the final end that I am referring too. There is another novel in the works and the Demon’s Blood universe is ever expanding as new characters appear to shape and change that world. With this in mind I know that Taku will be with me for a few more years yet. I just wanted to touch on a subject that I know affects many authors and readers, and would love to hear stories of your beloved characters and what they mean to you.
I’ve just started using Pinterest for my novels and have created this storyboard for my novel Demon’s Blood. It’ll provide some insight into my ideas, characters and settings for the story as well as the Demon’s Blood universe as a whole. Please do check it out 🙂
From tomorrow (25th February) I’m going to be taking a short break whilst I sort out my house move and various other offline things. My blog will be updated with pre-scheduled posts but there won’t be any book reviews, book blitzs/tours (other than those already scheduled) or novel posts until the middle of March. I will still be active on Twitter and Facebook, it’s just I won’t have internet access on my laptop and I find scheduling posts on my phone really tricky. So please do contact me on there or you can leave comments here as I will still be checking my blog and those I follow via the app!
My latest release is a short story called Never Change which is set in my Demon’s Blood universe.
After making the decision to become a vampire so that he could remain with his lover in Nagasaki, Thane finds himself struggling with having to kill humans for their blood. When the two of them stumble across a dying man Taku pressures Thane into feeding, not realising just how much their actions would disturb his fragile lover.
Never Change can either be read as a stand-alone story or as part of the Demon’s Blood universe as a whole. It can also serve as an introduction to the two main characters as it is set before the first novel, Demon’s Blood.
Purchase: Amazon US / UK
To celebrate the release of Never Change, Demon’s Blood will be available to purchase for $0.99 on Amazon.com until 8th December 2018!
Demon’s Blood by Shari Sakurai
Immortal blood is precious and Kokawa Taku’s makes him especially unique.
After vampire hunters force them to flee Tokyo, Taku and his lover, Thane, try to make a new life for themselves in England. But three months later Thane is still tormented by nightmares of the fire that almost cost them their lives. This leads to carelessness and the discovery of one of his victims.
When faced with threats from all sides Taku tries his best to protect them although his actions are met with disapproval and anger from Thane. Unknown to his lover, Taku is also struggling to keep hidden the truth of what really happened three months ago.
However, it is only a matter of time before Taku’s past and bloodline catches up with him.
Never Change is now available to purchase on Amazon Kindle.
Thane’s arms curved around his back and he felt the younger vampire trembling as he rested his head on Taku’s shoulder. So easily broken, Taku often forgot what it had been like in the beginning. For him things had been different, he reminded himself. He had already known what it felt like to take a life.
With Nagasaki in the grip of a bitter winter, two vampires struggle to hunt in the challenging conditions. When an opportunity to feed from a dying man presents itself, Taku insists that they take advantage of it. Yet his newly turned lover is left feeling devastated by their actions. Seeing Thane so distraught is more than Taku can bear and so he makes a decision to shield Thane as much as he can from the darker side to their existence. However his desire to protect Thane might one day cost him everything.
Never Change is a short story set in the Demon’s Blood universe.