The Necromancer Books are set in contemporary San Francisco with some excursions into the realm where my demons originated. I tried to find unique places in San Francisco to use in my scenes and below are some of my favorites including one from the demon realm. I posted pictures of some of the places on my Pinterest Page. Check it out here: http://www.pinterest.com/mimisebastian/
China Beach, San Francisco.
I descended the steep stairs to China Beach, a cove sheltered by a gray seawall and rocky cliffs, adjacent to the Presidio and sporting a fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Snuggled in one of the crags along the cliff wall, a couple made out, and a woman struck a yoga pose on the shoreline…Chinese fisherman used to camp out here during the gold rush. They’d been outcasts at that time, but a necessary force behind the growth of this city. Fortunately, the Chinese had built a vibrant community and no longer need to hide out in the cove. It was just Kara and me. –The Necromancer’s Betrayal
Legend has it that locals named China Beach for the Chinese fishermen who, long ago, would anchor their junks (boats) in the cove and camp on the beach. A monument exists honoring the fishermen near one of the parking lots. Using China Beach seemed apropos to the scene because Ruby, my necromancer, and her friend, Kara, have a very personal and revealing conversation and both feel a bit alone and lost at this point in the story. As the excerpt above indicates, like outcasts.
San Francisco Columbarium
Curious, I followed Charlie up the steep incline that ended at a closed iron gate. On the other side rose the San Francisco Columbarium, still used as a resting place for the cremated remains of the dead. My pulse sped up as I stared at the circular, three -story building, built in a Grecian classical style. Beautiful, yet as ghostly as the graves surrounding it. –The Necromancer’s Betrayal
The Columbarium currently houses about 8,000 inurnment spaces, decorated with items displaying the personalities of the deceased whose ashes are at rest. In the early 1900s, San Francisco disallowed ground burials and eventually removed all its cemeteries, relocating graves to outlying cities such as Colma. (I feature a Colma cemetery in book three of the series.) The Columbarium remains one of the only options for “burial” in San Francisco.
I enjoy horror and writing horror scenes, finding the language to create the tension and fear, the grossness without the gore. The scene in the Columbarium was particularly creepy, involving Ruby and a voodoo priest. A couple of things stand out for me in that scene: Ruby and the voodoo priest talking about how their power over the dead differ and how Ruby escapes. She’s not like a werewolf, with physical strength, and has to be creative in how she uses her power, leading to the question, can a necromancer manipulate the ashes of the dead?
The Demon Realm
One of my favorite demon realm scenes takes place in a demon bar in their version of a black market/red light district. Once again, I drew upon my own real life experience and fictional influences to create this scene. My conception of the demon realm was influenced by ancient cultures like the Sumerians (in the mythology, the demons actually influenced Sumerian architecture) in addition to descriptions influenced by both H.P. Lovecraft and Clive Barker.
Stone benches lined the walls circling a stone pillar in the center out of which an enormous, multi-eyed, octopus-like creature served up drinks with his tentacles. I clasped Ewan’s arm . “Why is Cthulhu the bartender?”
Rock shelves rimmed the stone pillar, displaying a collection of bottles in various sizes and shapes, all filled with a clear liquid. But it was the items contained in the bottles and jars that caught my attention— things that resembled crabs, snakes, spiders, herbs, snails and anything else that crawled, wiggled, bit, or scraped. –The Necromancer’s Betrayal
This last bit came from a bar I visited when I lived in Brazil. The bar was about as big as a walk in closet and lining the wall behind the bartender were shelves filled with bottles, just like the description above from the book. Literally. The bottles contained all sorts of herbs and animals, all serving some kind of purpose. Supposedly, the alcohol containing the snake enhanced one’s libido. I wasn’t about to test it for scientific accuracy!
The Necromancer’s Betrayal
The Necromancer Series
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: ImaJinn/Belle Books
Number of pages: 226
Cover Artist: Debra Dixon
Her powers have been hobbled. Her enemies are growing stronger.
Old loves challenge her. And her worst betrayer may be herself.
Necromancer Ruby Montagne is battling for her life in the realm of demons. Unfairly branded for the death of a fellow necromancer, she’s got to prove her innocence without the full use of her magic. And the real culprit is still on the loose.
While someone is stalking her friends among the witches, Ruby searches for answers inside the dark intrigues of both the demon and necromancer worlds. Ruby must confront this new, sinister threat while reconciling her feelings for her former lover, a demon warrior. Only it’s difficult . . . because a sexy vampire is making it clear that he’d like to be a lot more than just friends.
The competition for Ruby’s trust heats up as the enemy pushes her toward a dark side that could threaten the entire realm. Yet what can Ruby do when she’s not even sure what she is? With the fabric separating the realms at stake, she must decide whom to trust. But will the ultimate betrayal be her own?
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About the Author:
Mimi Sebastian raised herself on books and the strange and unusual, and an unhealthy dose of comics and movies. When a career as a punk guitarist failed to materialize, she completed her degree in urban planning, spent two years in the Ivory Coast with the Peace Corps, and another three years in Brazil. By day, she debates the merits of transport oriented development, by night she writes about necromancers and pirates. She’s convinced she could live off coffee, ice cream, and comic books, but is sure only one of those is good for her health.
She's a member of Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. A transplant from the beaches of Florida, Mimi now wanders the desert in Phoenix, AZ, and attempts to balance writing with a day career, fantastic family, and household diva: her Amazon parrot.
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