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Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday Spotlight: Helen Scott Taylor

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


booklover0226 said...

Good morning, Helen.

I read the excerpts and just loved them. I look forward in reading both The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 and The Phoenix Charm. I'm interested in reading how your character deal with the realization of immortality.

Why are we fascinated by it? Just imagine all the world changes one can experience, first hand. The changes in technology, medicine, politics, fashions, etc. No more history books!

Tracey D

Helen Scott Taylor said...

Hi booklover0226,

The topic of immortality is one that comes up often in paranormal romance and never fails to fascinate me. Although the attraction of living a long time is clear, as you describe, I wonder if the downside is greater. I can't imagine how awful it must be to love and lose people over and over again. Still, I bet many people would choose immortality given the option.


booklover0226 said...

I do agree with you about the loving and losing part. How lonely that must be.

Also, being forced to move periodically because you don't age! But you can always return in about 60 years and claim to be your own grand-daughter!