If you are already familiar with Caridad Piñeiro’s The Sins series—we reviewed Sins of the Flesh in November 2009 and gave away a copy of Stronger Than Sin in November 2010—you’ll be excited to learn that the author has a new paranormal series in the works.
Book one in the Sin Hunters series is available today, and Piñeiro joins us again on the blog to tell us about an unusual work habit—she watches movies and TV as she writes. Here, she explains why—and what—she watches.
Readers: Where do you take inspiration for your creative pursuits?
Movies that set the mood
by Caridad Piñeiro
When I set out to create the new Sin Hunters paranormal romance series, I wanted to do something very different from the vampires and demons populating so many stories in the genre. I also wanted the mythology to be thought-provoking to readers by creating a concept that would have them thinking about whether or not it was possible that a race like the Hunters could actually exist.
Adam Bruno, the hero in The Lost, is descended from the Light Hunters, one faction of a race of energy gatherers whose destiny was forever changed by the arrival of the Conquistadors in the Americas and the illnesses they brought to the indigenous people. Adam does not know of his origins nor does he truly understand the power at his fingertips—literally. You see Adam’s affinity is lightning, and he can control anything electrical because of that ability as well as a host of other powers.
It took time to build a mythology and history for the Hunters and The Lost. To do so, I took inspiration from various history books, as well as studies regarding the control and enhancement of life forces and energy. I was also inspired by trips along the Jersey Shore and the connection I felt to the ocean and nature.
Because I’m motivated by visual things, I take lots of photographs of the various locations in the books and I will almost always write with the television on while I am working. I’ll play movies and television shows that fit the mood of what I am writing.
Here are five of my favorites that I hope you will enjoy as well!
KING ARTHUR with Clive Owen and Keira Knightley. Honorable hero and a gang of friends who each bring something different to the mix at the round table. A kick-butt heroine in the form of a warrior Guinevere. Amazing action scenes with one of my favorite sword moves.
UNDERWORLD with Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman. Tortured kick-butt heroine, honorable hero and an ages-old battle of vampire versus werewolf. Futuristic-type action sequences and weapons ramp up a traditional vampire mythology.
TWO WEEKS NOTICE with Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant. What can I say: The sight of Hugh Grant flopping around on a mattress like a fish pulled out of water is classic. Humor. Even in the darkest paranormal there has to be that hint of humor that humanizes both hero and villain.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER television series with Sarah Michelle Gellar. Tortured, kick-butt heroine (are you noticing a theme?) and unexpected heroes in the form of Spike and Angel. The Scooby Gang of friends. More importantly, amazing metaphors, story arcs and word play that is as sharp as any punch that Buffy might throw.
A WALK IN THE CLOUDS with Keanu Reeves. Lush cinematography brings to life the California wine valleys and is so real you think you could step into the landscape. A sweet romance filled with amazing sexual tension and the conflict of both cultures and expectations.
[For more from Piñeiro, visit her blog. And pick up The Lost—on sale today!]