Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley
The story behind the idea of Other Side of Night is a strange one. When S.L. Armstrong and I finish a manuscript, we sometimes go back and forth via instant messenger to play with scenes that could have come after the end of the book. It’s our way of enjoying the characters without the looming deadlines and stress. We were IM-ing back and forth one day, playing with Logan and Kasper, the two main characters from our BDSM novel, Catalyst, when we suddenly asked the question, ‘What would happen if Logan became a vampire?’
This led us down a path that meant not just one day, but weeks of fun IM sessions set in this alternate version of Kasper’s and Logan’s world. Their characters changed, the world we’d built around them changed, and eventually, we were so enthralled by the development of this paranormal, urban fantasy setting that we needed new characters to replaced the ones we had poached from our other book.
For both S.L. and I, the first thing we try to do when it comes to character creation is find their names. Once we settle on names, their back stories usually make themselves known quite naturally. We wanted Bastian and Riley, the first characters for our Other Side of Night series, to meet in college, so we chose their areas of study (veterinary medicine for Riley and art/sculpture for Bastian) and the rest all fell into place. We also had fun by using the element of Bastian’s vampiric transition as the one thing that gets him noticed by Riley in the first place. After all, who wouldn’t notice the one guy walking around campus covered head to toe in the middle of summer?
Through Bastian and Riley, the reader gets their first hint at this other world that exists in the darkness where few people care to look. In the Other Side of Night world, we explore not only vampires, but their ghoul companions. While our vampires are immortal, unaging, and can’t go into direct sunlight without bundling up for fear of being burned, they aren’t demonic and don’t burst into flames at the sight of religious symbols. In addition, we’ve tied vampires to the creation and maintenance of ghouls, immortal companions who depend on consuming the blood of vampires in order to keep their strength and youth. They are the daytime counterparts for most vampires, though a select few vampires attempt to live during the day like regular humans. This book is the primer to the series, the first glimpse of what S.L. Armstrong and I have in store with this line of stories. We hope you enjoy Bastian and Riley’s story and follow the series as we delve deeper into the other side of night!