A friend of mine asked me about the Aegis Chronicles the other day. He knows that they’re not my best-selling stories, but I keep on writing them (and complaining that they’re not my best-selling stories). He said, “Why write them if they don’t sell?”
It’s simple enough. I love ’em. I’m a big comic book/superhero nerd, and I love that I can write stories about those characters while incorporating erotic elements into the stories at the same time. For those who aren’t familiar with them, the Aegis Chronicles deals with a team of superheroes set in the town of Summit Falls. The leader is Shana, AKA Dreamweaver, who is the founder and financier. The other primary characters are her boyfriend Carter, AKA Speed Demon; Jamie, AKA Wildfire; Jamie’s boyfriend Kale, AKA Silverback; and Mickey, AKA Venus.
As with most of the stories I write, erotic themes feature heavily. The first three stories, “How a Hero Robs a Bank,” “How a Hero Heals the Hurt,” and “How a Hero Meets the Public,” are short introductions of Jamie, Shana, and Mickey, respectively. The next one, “How a Hero Saves the City,” is much longer and deals with all the five main characters to a greater or lesser degree.
Part of the fun for me is that Jamie, Shana, and Mickey are all (loosely) based off of superheroes that I’ve personally played in RPGs. Kale is based off of a character that a friend of mine plays, and he’s given his blessing for Kale to be used in the series. Carter is the only one that I made up for the series; Shana’s inspiration had a boyfriend, but the only real traits that they share is a devotion to their significant other. The great part about this is that I get to revisit characters I enjoyed before and put them in new situations. It’s sort of like writing fan fiction for my own characters.
Right now, in honor of National Novel-Writing Month, I’m working on the next book in the Aegis Chronicles. It’s as yet untitled, but it won’t be hard to find. In it, an accident with an experimental device causes the heroes to exchange powers with one another. As with the other Aegis books, I’m having a blast writing it.
For those who want to get to know more about Aegis, or those who are interested in reading more, I have a coupon for you! Just follow this link to the Smashwords page for “How a Hero Saves the City” and enter the coupon code CH27L when you have the book in your cart. This will give you a free copy of the first major Aegis story so that you can get an idea of what I’ve been nattering on about. This coupon is only valid until January 31 of 2012, so act quickly!