I’m welcoming the prolific Pippa Jay to my blog in the first of two posts this week. Busy girl is busy!
Super Secret Identities
Nocturnelle’s story started with one of those “what if?” questions that often spark an idea. I’d been thinking about secret identities – how hard it is for a superhero to live and separate their two lives, how they need to do it to protect themselves and their loved ones, how often the discovery of their identity can be so deadly. But, what if they didn’t even know about it themselves? What if each identity really did lead separate lives, and neither knew about the other?
I think it was also something from watching Shrek (I have three little monsters, so I watch a lot of Pixar and Disney). Princess Fiona, cursed to be a human by day, and an ogre at night, quotes a poem –
“By night one way, by day another / This shall be the norm /
Until you find true love’s first kiss / Then… take love’s true form.”
So I came up with the idea of a superhero who had two forms: one by day, the other by night, each forgetting the other as they transformed. But then I had the problem of how they wouldn’t know it happened, and how they would deal with the issues of whatever costume their superhero self would wear, how they would get from civilian digs to super-secret hideout. It’s all well and good starting off with a novel idea, but making it work as a story – giving a piece of fiction at least a level of believability – is another matter. How was I going to get my two identities working together without either having a clue about the other?
A sidekick was essential. Not only to fight by my superhero’s side, but to assist in the transformation. Of course there were ‘reasons’ for this. I’m not going to tell you what they are, though. You’ll have to read it.
In a city where Dark Technologies Inc. now runs the show, Kadie Williams has more immediate concerns than the fall of Blaze, their guardian superhero. Almost every morning for the last few months she’s woken up with cuts and bruises on her body, and no idea how she got them. There are no nightmares. No evidence that she sleepwalks, or any sign of a break in. And nothing to tell her who’s been cleaning up after her. As just one of thousands of civilians conscripted to slave away in the labs of Professor Dark, she knew there’d be trouble ahead. But she never expected it to be so bad, or so personal.
Desperate for answers, Kadie looks to the new defender of the night, the only person who can hinder the total domination of Professor Dark—Nocturnelle. The mysterious vigilante superhero came from nowhere with her cybernetic sidekick Shadow, set on putting an end to the brutality of Dark’s regime. But as his laboratories work on a new secret super-weapon, Nocturnelle and Shadow may not be enough to save Nephopolis…or to save Kadie either.
When Dark Falls is an alternative 1920s superhero romance released by Breathless Press on the 21st November. Add it to your Goodreads shelf HERE. Sign up to my no-spam newsletter HERE to stay up to date with releases, cover reveals, sales and giveaways for all my titles and more.