What is it about immortality that fascinates us so much?
Paranormal romances are full of immortal characters, be they vampires who ‘live’ on after death, demons, angels, and other beings from spiritual dimensions who take human form, or other characters who gain immortality during a story from touching artifacts, from spells, or through other intriguing ways.
I am currently writing a novella for The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2, where my characters are descended from the Egyptian Sun god Ra. They gain immortality by renewing themselves by bathing in their own special fire.
For me, part of the appeal of immortality is that these characters have lived through times and experiences that we can hardly begin to imagine. They have seen great moments in history, suffered through the brutality of past ages, lost loved ones who have aged and died, and in the process may have gained insight and knowledge we, in our short human lives, can only aspire to. The experience of being immortal while those around die, especially when the character hasn’t the choice of death and must live on, seems like the classic case of be careful what you wish for. It sounds wonderful in theory, but must be heartbreaking in practice. Many immortal characters have undergone great suffering that has shaped them into tormented souls. And I love a wounded hero.
I explore the issue of immortality in The Phoenix Charm. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, but one person has to come to terms with being immortal and everything this means for the future, both good and bad .
The Phoenix Charm is just out. To read a two chapter excerpt or for more information on my work go to www.helenscotttaylor.com