Thanks to smash hits like “Twilight,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Charmed,” just to name a few, it seems just about everyone is in love with passionate vampires, werewolves and other paranormal creatures. Pasadena writer Ebony Bowser has been fascinated with the paranormal since she was a tween, which is also as long as she’s been writing.
“I have always loved to write since I was young. I was a voracious reader as a child, and I loved coming up with different stories to keep the book going,” said Bowser. “I would write my versions of stories that I would read. That is when I knew that I liked to write and that I was good at telling a story.”
Her latest book, “Deadly Secrets: Brothers That Bite,” is a paranormal romance series of 10 books. The series and accompanying novellas follow two friends, Taria Cross and LaToya Grey, college students finishing their last year. On the surface, they seem like nothing more than typical 22-year-olds balancing college work, social circles and their plans for the future. Their love lives are on track, too. Taria has Michael, and LaToya has Quinn.
Life is typical for the two until Taria’s missing person’s investigation leads them to uncover something mysterious. Suddenly, Taria and LaToya find themselves embroiled in a world they never knew existed. Familiar faces around campus emerge as the victims of two of the most shocking kidnapping and murder cases in history. Clue after clue brings one dead end after another. It becomes apparent to the young ladies that their loves are hiding a secret. Who are allies, who are enemies, and can we ever tell the difference?
For her plot twists and turns, Bowser said she draws inspiration from movies or books that she has seen or read, but mostly it’s her own imagination that takes over and wants to create a story worth getting lost in reading, and naturally, the story must include paranormal elements.
“I may use some mainstream ideas of what people know about vampires, werewolves, etc., but my ideas come from whatever my imagination can come up with,” Bowser added. “I don’t like being stuck inside a box with my writing. I want all my designs to be unique from other authors in this genre. I think of things that I haven’t read about and turn those thoughts into a story. I let my ideas flow until I have a completed novel.”
Combining paranormal, romance, mystery and suspense means the reader should be ready for a fast-paced adventure. Bowser’s characters are well-thought-out with deep, rich histories rife with mystery.
“If you have a paranormal story, you will always have mystery and suspense surrounding each character. That is the easy part of writing paranormal for me,” said Bowser. “It’s combining the romance in the middle of all the action [that] is the hard part. When do you insert a love scene … in the middle of fighting for your life? What is easy about the romance part of paranormal is that my characters always have the soulmate that is just for them; romance is inevitable.”
Bowser calls herself a “free writer,” meaning she doesn’t prepare an outline or try to think too far into the story before she sits down to write. Sometimes the ideas that come to her don’t necessarily make a lot of sense at the time, but she said those ideas are always the start of another story or something that she may not have considered before.
Based on online reviews and correspondence she receives from readers, fans of the series are anxious to read more from this author. Although “Deadly Secrets: Brothers That Bite” is complete, Bowser said there are many characters in the 10-book series that are begging her for their own books. “There are so many stories that can be told … I have no idea how I will keep up!” exclaimed Bowser.
“Deadly Secrets: Brothers That Bite Book I,” is sold on Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Google Play Books, and Amazon as ebooks. The first book is now in print and can be purchased on Amazon. The rest of the series is being prepared for print and will be available soon.
Bowser said that she has published a few novellas to the “Brothers That Bite” series: “A Vampire and His Alpha Mate,” “A Hunter Touched My Soul” and a book entitled “Brothers That Bite Chronicles Volume I,” a collection of short stories.
She is fast at work on a new series entitled “Deadly Secrets: The Crown Series.” The first book in this series, “Deadly Secrets Hunters Reign: The Crown Series Book I,” has been released, bringing the four main characters from “Brothers That Bite” in a whole new series with more mystery, suspense and romance.
For more information on Ebony Bowser and her books, visit www.deadlysecretsbooks.com.