What do vampires, flappers, and the Chicago mob have in common?
Well, Ruby Ransome, of course!
I'm attending the Muse Online Writers Conference this week -- I've attended it in the past and recommend it for writers and aspiring writers, although its too late to register for this year's conference -- and it has me thinking about the creation of the idea my whole series hinges upon.
Vampires in the mob in the 1920s. When, and how, did I actually come up with this idea?
I can't actually remember anymore. I can't recall whether vampires + the mob came first, or whether it was Ruby Ransome I conceived of first. Regardless, her character is the glue that holds it all together: the vampires, the mob, and my whole 1920s paranormal world.
I do remember one defining moment when I was still in the early stages of figuring out what the story was going to be, before I even conceived of it as an entire series. I was browsing the Internet for information on Capone's gang in Chicago, and came across a mention of Capone's partner, Johnny Torrio, getting shot up by rivals in 1925. He was shot something like a half a dozen times, yet he lived. My immediate reaction, of course, was: "Ha! He was totally a vampire!" I think that may have been when I realized that the vampires in my world weren't just spectators of the 1920s -- they were the movers and shakers. They were the ones running the mob!