Part I: Making of The Vital Sacrifice – The Invisible Race of Djinn

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ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs, Paranormal Romance Author, Screenwriter, Copywriter and Dramatic Historian

When I stopped wishing I could be a writer and I actually sat down to write my first novel, The Vital Sacrifice, I decided that I wanted it to be a love story between my two main characters, Teresa McMillan and Ali Rahman.  My initial drafts set their love story in the past during the time of the Spanish Inquisition, but something kept urging me to make it a present-day tale. So, I put the drafts of their past romance aside and began working on their modern love story.

As I was formulating their contemporary romance, I was pleased with its development, but I felt that their past romance had relevance in my tale. How could I juxtapose a story set during the 1500s with the present-day?

That’s when a light bulb came on in my head.  As I pondered how to fit both tales into one storyline, I remembered that my favorite horror film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, tied in a historical love story between Count Dracula and Mina.  She and Dracula were lovers during 15th century Romania and they crossed paths again in late 19th century Victorian England.  Dracula was a paranormal entity who lived for many years feasting off the blood of humans which was how he was able to see Mina again.  I concluded that if I was going to weave Ali and Teresa’s past and present together, I would have to make Ali a paranormal character; however, I didn’t want to write a vampire tale.  I needed to create a unique paranormal love story that was different from what was already on the market.

I thought about using other paranormal creatures such as werewolves, zombies or ghosts but none of these inspired me.  The genie in the lamp tale intrigued me but I didn’t want my love story to be about Teresa rubbing a lamp and out comes Ali, the man of her dreams.  Since I was creating an adult love story, I didn’t want my tale to morph into a children’s novel by using the genie in the traditional sense that we are familiar with in western culture. Therefore, I had to reconstruct the whole idea of how we perceive genies in this culture.

When I researched genies, I discovered that they are much more than the playful entities that we see in Aladdin tales.  Eastern cultures, which refer to the genie as Djinn, have cunning and somewhat vicious interpretations of what these creatures are.  My research revealed that these entities exist in a world similar to our own but they are invisible to the human eye.  They also live much longer than humans and have different classifications ranging from the playful types that we see in Hollywood to much scarier ones.

After realizing that I didn’t have to stick to the genie in a lamp cliché, I begin to work diligently developing a genie that didn’t play by the rules of lamp enslavement and instead existed on his own terms.   My genie characters were half-men half-genies but live longer than their human counterparts.  This paranormal character was the glue that I needed to link Ali and Teresa’s past romance to the present one and this changed my story from a romance to a paranormal romance novel.

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Superstar singer, Teresa McMillan, has been chasing success for many years and for her persistence, she’s been rewarded generously with many musical awards for her beautiful soprano voice.  She is proud of her accomplishments but she is starting to feel incomplete because she has yet to get married and have a family with her fiance, Matthew Larkin.

Now, she is suffering from a mid-life crisis, torn between choosing continued career success or settling down and starting a family.  This is causing her so much stress that she is becoming increasingly delusional.  Nightmares, sleepless nights, and panic attacks have her on edge so much that she can’t even tell the difference between what’s real or imagined in her life anymore, especially when handsome, business mogul, Ali Rahman enters her life.

Is Ali a sly Casanova hell-bent on wrestling her from her fiance to make her his own?  Or, is Teresa so far-gone in her delusions that Ali and all of the drama that emerges after meeting him just a figment of her imagination?

Prepare yourself for an unpredictable roller-coaster ride as your imagination spirals out of control along with Teresa’s already whimsical celebrity life.

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Teresa McMillan finds herself indecisive as she finishes her world tour. Like many successful, career-oriented women, she is torn between her career and a growing desire to get married and have a family with her steady boyfriend. As she is staring into the mirror in her dressing room before her concert in Milan, Italy, Teresa sees something appear and disappear in the reflection. Her agent makes a joke that it is the phantom of the opera coming to get her, a joke that she doesn’t find amusing.

Ali Abdur Rahman certainly isn’t the phantom of the opera, but he does appear in Teresa’s life as if out of nowhere. This handsome, wealthy businessman from the East sees an image of Teresa in the local newspaper while he is on a business trip in Milan and can’t believe his eyes.

Strike one: Teresa’s in a relationship. Strike two: She has no idea who Ali is. Strike three: Ali is a part of a cult of semi-immortal men that forbid prolonged contact with the human race.

Striking out will not stop Ali’s obsession with Teresa and this semi-immortal man will discover that succumbing to the power of love comes with a sacrifice.


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