Thursday Thirteen #16

Thirteen Bits of Trivia from The Living Legend

It releases next Tuesday — the 26th — and I’ve been holding off building an “author’s commentary” adjunct for my site until then. You know what I mean, like the director’s commentary on DVDs. Little behind-the-scenes factoids readers wouldn’t know unless some big-mouthed author tells them. :teef:

I’m posting this eons early, just in case my broadband freaks out again.

So here we go:

  1. The CFU thing? It’s entirely, one-hundred-percent possible that this is going on, somewhere in the world, right this very minute. And sadly, it probably is.
  2. This book was in development for five years. Yes, five. I know. Gawd.
  3. Trick, the hero, once came complete with his very own De Clerambault’s Syndrome stalker.
  4. De Clerembault’s Syndrome (aka Erotomania) is a delusional condition in which a subject believes — despite all evidence to the contrary — that the person they’re stalking is in love with them.

    David Letterman, Madonna, Teresa Saldana and Rebecca Schaeffer have all contracted DCS stalkers (also known as erotomanics). Teresa Saldana was stabbed ten times by her stalker. Rebecca Schaeffer did not survive the encounter with hers.

  5. The Living Legend was, once upon a time, slated for Silhouette’s Intimate Moments line. But since I can’t say hello in 65k words, I rewrote (and rewrote and rewrote and rewrote) until the Jimmy Davis version became the Man in Black version. If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, watch Walk The Line and worship the Sam Phillips-audition scene as much as I do.
  6. The Living Legend is mostly set in Eveleth, Minnesota, home of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

    Not far from there is the Hull Rust Mahoning Mine, an open pit mine so large the crater is visible from space. I have an abiding fascination for the area. Every time I visit, it feels like home. Which should not surprise those of you who know the fetish I have for geology and shiny things.

  7. Trick, the hero, was modelled after actor Oded Fehr, that Ardeth Bay guy from The Mummy.

    Ironically, you can catch him tonight (Thursday the 21st) on FX networks in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo in which he plays Antoine Laconte. Visit to check your local listings, because this is the guy who started it all.

  8. I had no physical model for Kate, the heroine. She started out being merely a fixture in the story for His Royal Highness to play off of. Fortunately for us all, Kate decided she’d had enough of that crap and busted my door down one morning, demanding her upgrade from ottoman status. Ever since, I’ve had a very clear picture of her in my mind, and no model or actress even comes close.
  9. Right now, there are four other Sanction books in development, with a possible fifth story simmering somewhere in the distance. You’ll meet some of The Living Legend characters again, although not the ones you might expect, in ways I never would have imagined, either, until they informed me of their intent.

    Arthur and Layne Crawford are really the backbone of the possible series. One character you’ll most likely see featured in his own story is Alex Crawford. I’m currently working on — and recovering from the shock over — the reprise of Jason White. David Brighton is the “possible”.

  10. Now, lest I disappoint my editor Imogen Howson, I will mention that David Brighton is a central figure in The Living Legend. If you’re a regular Emmatyvillager, you may have noted Immi’s frequent — and unsubtle — requests that he has his own story. But I have to be honest. There are problems with that idea. One, he’s only 16 in TLL. Does the word jailbait mean anything to anyone? And second, he’s a dirty scene stealer, and I’m still annoyed with him. If and when I ever forgive him, he may rise from “possible” status.
  11. Post-David-tantrum, I must confess that David and Trick were a package deal from the very start. They always seemed to gravitate around a concept like that of the Eveleth facility, and I cannot thank Samhain Publishing enough for letting that connection play itself out.
  12. Though Trick’s been through more plots than I’ve been through Krispy Kreams in my life, the CFU thing was an idea I got over ten years ago while ordering office supplies online. Proof that you just never know when or where inspiration might strike.
  13. You may not know it, but this will not be the first time Layne Crawford has made an appearance in romancelandia. She is a compilation of M from the Bond movies, and my dear friend Elise (and partly Ed) O’Loughlin, who got first billing in TLL’s acknowledgement section for answering stupid writer questions at 4 a.m.
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19 Responses

  1. Neat stuff, Emma! I’m intrigued by this mine-thing that you can see from space; never heard of it.

    But I’m intrigued by the book, too. Five years in development isn’t so bad; the best things come in time, right?

  2. My book’s been in development for 5 years . . . I’m hoping to finish it this year. Am totally intrigued by your book – and the 26th is just around the corner. Congrats!

  3. I’m with them – five years is nuthin’! And I’m with you and Oded. He’s the model for one of my secondary characters in my vampire WIP. Mmm, Oded.

  4. Looks like I need to check out your books, I am a romance reader. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Wow, sounds like a really neat book! And five years, wow — that’s great. Often the very best books are those which have ripened over time!

    Happy TT, and thanks for visiting my blog!

  6. Sounds fascinating. Congrats for sticking with it.

  7. Persistence is an amazing thing. Your book sounds awesome! I can’t wait to read it. šŸ™‚

  8. Sounds like quite a book. I can’t wait to read it!

  9. Sounds like an awesome book. I look forward to reading it. You must be so excited!! The 26th is definitely waaaaay close… tada, tada, tada. =)

  10. Love the comment you can’t say “hello” in 65K – hilarious! Congrats on the release!

  11. Sounds like an interesting book, and I’ve never heard of the mine that you can see from space.

    Thanks for visiting my TT. šŸ™‚

  12. Sounds like an interesting Book. And I’ve never heard of this mine that you can see from space. Very cool!

  13. I cannot wait for this book. I’m so excited about it.

  14. Oded Fehr. Yum. I can see why you picked him as a model for your hero. šŸ™‚

    As for David: You just need to indulge in a little soap opera time. (you know, where they age 10 years in 2 months?) Everybody’s happy, so long as you can convince your muse, right?

  15. Congratulations on your upcoming release!

  16. So glad Trick is finally going to meet the public. šŸ™‚ And, well, you know I LOVE Oded. *drool* Congrats on the release, sweetie.

  17. WOW,, I get a mention,,, and I want every one to know that I was the reason Emma took 5 years to write this. I kept making her tell me about shiny things and distracting her from her real job. But now that I can live vicariously through her, I guess I will let her get back to writing.
    Thanks myndcrym for the shout out.

  18. *curtsies to Elise*

    Thanks for coming, everybody.

  19. count down! wahoo! Great post wenchy!

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