I mentioned over the weekend that I was thinking about Dawn Addison from Raven’s Hold. Then the week got away from me, but now I’m back to post this for the . . . wow, those are horrible stats. Well, moving on.
At the beginning of the year, I ambitiously said I’d write a sequel for Raven’s Hold and post it on the blog throughout October. For those that didn’t read it, this was the supernatural thriller I attempted. Scary things happening in an asylum, main character is trying to escape, and bad stuff happens. Dawn Addison was one of the bad guys and she really stole the show. This character was insane, fun, devious, very memorable, and probably the best thing to come out of the story. So it was a shame when this year started off so poorly that I announced that I wouldn’t be doing any more. To be fair, 2016 has really sucked.
Anyway, I’ve been trying to find a place for Dawn and it hasn’t been working out. She is a rather unique character and I’d have to rewrite her. In the Shattered States, she’d lose the supernatural stuff, which is a big part of her mentality and drive. She could be a figure that they run into and she thinks there are ghosts, but then everything would be either traps or coincidences. Dawn kind of loses her menace at that point. In Windemere, the supernatural stuff would be rather common for that world and her insanity wouldn’t really factor into that being around. Why would anybody be surprised that there are ghosts in a world where you have dragons, zombies, orcs, elves, vampires, trolls, and all manner of monsters? That includes ghosts too.
I considered having her make a small appearance in every series. Just a strange wanderer through my mind that has no impact on the story. For example, Dawn appears to have a chat with Lloyd before he moves on. Then people see her asking for Nyx’s autograph before disappearing. Rather silly and pointless. This was when I thought she could be a character who is roaming dimensions in search of something. This did get scrapped because I do like her as a villain.
So, what am I thinking and hoping to get feedback on?
I’m considering another attempt at a sequel that will be posted day by day in October. This would be an unedited manuscript since I still have so much on my plate and this is still in the planning stages. The new story is that Dawn is back to killing in the real world and only a detective considers her a suspect. The story is a race to stop Dawn from completing a list and each person dies in a bizarre or brutal way. A big part is delving into Dawn’s past and discovering what drove her to Raven’s Hold. She will still have strange things happen around her, which leads to death and mayhem.
The problem I’m having is deciding on the setting. Having Dawn get chased around a big city is fun, but I think she worked better in a contained area. So I was leaning toward having her in charge of a hotel that appeared overnight and is very popular. It’s an easy way for her to get victims too. Probably have a few deaths happen off the premises like a zoo incident or one where the target is convinced to leave by the cop. This might turn into a rather open game of cat and mouse with Dawn routinely teasing the cop. I mean, how do you arrest someone for murder when it was done in a way that can’t be explained?
All of this is because I can’t get Dawn Addison out of my head. She really should be used again and get her full story told. What do people think?