Write / Wreck / Repeat
To Save Her Soul (formerly Riven)
They made her run, made her hide, killed her parents, & took her sister because of the animal spirit genetically engineered inside her. 22yo Asha's in Mumbai to make them pay. Dev offers his help, but can she trust him? Doubtful. Love him? Impossible!...Right?
RIVEN was originally written as an Urban Fantasy but underwent extension revisions through PitchWars and was shaped into a first person Paranormal Romance - or as I like to think of it - a Contemporary Fantasy, heavy on the Romance. It is inspired by by one of the creation myths of Kali:
"...there is the story of the terrible demon Raktabija (Blood-seed). This demon was, like most demons, causing a great deal of trouble with people and gods alike but even worse was his ability to produce more demons every time a drop of his blood spilled to the ground. Therefore each time Raktabija was attacked the only result was more demons to deal with. The gods decided to work together and combine all of their shakti, or divine energy, and produce one super being that could destroy Raktabija; the result was Kali. Given all the divine weapons of the gods Kali swiftly sought out Raktabija and his demons and proceeded to swallow them all whole so as not to spill anymore blood in the process. Raktabija himself was killed when Kali lopped off his head with a sword and then drank all of his blood making sure none fell to the ground and thereby ensuring no more demons could menace the world."
Below are some images that inspired me. Click around to explore the world.
Like the sirens of Greek mythology, her power seeps into the minds of the opposite sex, and can influence them to destruction. Unlike the sirens, however, there's no song, just a feeling: one that transforms boy's hidden embers of frustration into licking flames of hate across Chicago. At a breaking point, she impulsively buys a ticket to Delhi with a plan to impose her company on her estranged father and get answers about their magical legacy.
But nothing prepared her to face demons fueled by a curse from her past life.
Hindu Naga Myth + Daughter of Smoke and Bone, with a dash of Dangerous Creatures
Still working on the details, but I'm a visual person, so enjoy some of inspiration below.