By Dame Toni
I used to be a Business Analyst (something I may have mentioned before). When a BA is figuring out how to move forward, they consult an SME – a Subject Matter Expert.
So, right now I’m working on several writing projects, some of which are under contract and some of which are not (yet). And, as it turns out, pretty much every project has at least one or two things on which I am not sure how best to move forward.
I understand a lot of readers, writers, and wannabe writers of Urban Fantasy visit this blog. I also speculate that a fair number of you can quote large sections of dialogue from the early seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and spend a certain amount of time wondering how the heck Dean Winchester is going to get out of purgatory.
You are all Subject Matter Experts.
May I consult you?
I am writing the fourth and final book in the Mercy series. [Side note to those of you who keep asking me when there will be more Mercy novels. First there were to be three more, then two more, and now one more. This is the publisher’s decision, not mine. And, during this decision process, I wrote two complete Mercy novels, each of which was deemed to be inappropriate for the publishing line with which I have a contract. I am now starting over for the third time.]
So, anyway, in Mercy’s world, there are no “creatures” – no demons, were-critters, fanged types, fae, etc. There are people, some of whom have extraordinary abilities. Mercy can compel people to obey her. She’s also a telepath.
In this book (working title Mercy Killing, but there is about a 50% chance that will change) Mercy, who has always wondered whether or not she is human, is going to encounter a number of others like herself. It shall be revealed that the special abilities among these people vary with DNA – like you’re a brunette and I’m a blonde (well, I could be a natural blonde), not everyone has the same special powers. So, I need some ideas for special powers people could have. Nothing too X-Men; Mercy’s world is a bit more reality-based than that.
For each of these powers, I need to know a potential way that someone who was not supernatural could stop them. What’s their kryptonite?
Brainstorm away, you SME’s, you. What kind of powers would you like to see in Mercy Killing?
Thanks a bunch in advance…
P.S. Is it only me, or does anyone else think turning Elena Gilbert into a vampire might have been jumping the shark? Guess we’ll have to wait and see…
P.P.S. Team Alcide. Just sayin.’