I’d like to introduce you to my next Blog Guest – Joseph Eastwood.
This week on the TTC Virtual Blog tour we were all asked to write blog posts on what inspired or kicked off the current book, and I’m glad to say that I know exactly how Lumen started and at what point the idea just BOOMED!
Over on my blog (www.josepheastwood.com) around two years ago when I was 17, I started writing mini-series; 300 words a post, a little bit like flash fiction but they continued on from the previous post. This is the first one: http://www.josepheastwood.com/2010/08/mini-series-1-shifter-boy.html and if you’ve read the prologue to Lumen you’ll see that it’s very similar to this… it’s also why I wanted to leave the prologue in the novel as I like to look back and think, yeah, I know where all of this started! And it’s a great feeling to see that.
So Lumen actually wasn’t planned as a novel at all, in fact, I don’t even thinking it was called Lumen until I picked up a Latin dictionary and saw the word and was like “oooh, I’ll have that!”. Let’s rewind from that and go back to when Lumen was just a mini-series back in 2010! And I didn’t start writing Lumen until May/June 2011, making that almost a whole year before I wrote the novel in 28 days!
I like astrology and things like that, and just thinking about it makes me go all tingly and want to grit my teeth from all the ideas that are pouring in… however, I did one better and I used all those ideas and pushed them into the series which I now called the Blood Luminary series and it consists 4 novels and 2 novellas. Now, every time I think about writing something for it I get all excited and I just want to tell the story so much as it’s a story that I would love to read… which at the end of the day is what all writers are doing, right? They’re writing the story that they want to read.
I’m not really sure what else to say that inspired me to write Lumen, but if you go and look at the short mini-series that I posted at the top of this post you might understand, and like I said, you might see where the prologue came from. I hope you’re looking forward to the release… NOT LONG NOW!
Joseph Eastwood is the eldest of five siblings. He lives and grew up in Lancaster, England, where he also attends the University of Cumbria, studying English Literature and Creative Writing.
He has always had a giant creative connection in his life, from drawing and writing to having an eclectic taste in music and reading a wide range of books, which he hopes reflects in his own writing. He also loves watching sci-fi, supernatural and fantasy based TV shows and films. Among some of his favourites are Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and True Blood. As well as those he loves dramas, like The Good Wife and Desperate Housewives.
Joseph is either busy doing edits and writing or trying to get some university work done. He lives for creativity, striving to be different and thinking up new hoops for his characters to jump through.