Book Tour: Silk by L.M. Pruitt
Release Date: April 19, 2016
They called it the murder tree. In 1995, twenty kids went in to the woods. Only three came back. There are monsters in the woods.
Twenty years later, what happened is still a mystery. The monsters are back.
Now, the town of Silk faces its greatest threat in over two hundred years. No one is safe. Not even the monsters.
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Who Are You?Character Inspiration
One of the questions I’m asked most often is—“Who inspired this character?”. A lot of the time, I don’t really have an answer. Characters just sort of form organically in my mind with any rhyme or reason. It’s probably why they do things which surprise me. However, the three main characters of Silk—Shep, Elias, and Isiah—were actually inspired by the work of other authors and I’d like to share those inspirations with you.
Isiah is, on the surface, less complicated than either Shep or Elias. He’s actually managed to move past the horrible tragedy of twenty years ago. He has a pretty wife and they’re expecting their first child, he’s a teacher at the local school, he’s the town mayor… all in all, he’s got a good life. But he does a lot of questionable things (no spoilers, I promise) and he’s far from the nicest person. If he sounds a lot like Nick Dunn from Gone Girl, you’re not very far off the target, although I would say Nick is actually a better person than Isiah. Why? Well, to answer that, you’ll need to read the book.
In contrast, Elias has never really gotten over what happened at the murder tree. In one way or another, every aspect of his life has circled back to that night in November. He’s a drunk with a good heart, a man still in love with his ex-wife and the love of his life, and the chief of police in a town which is, for all intents and purposes, stuck in the past. For inspiration, I drew from a variety of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child characters—Eli Glinn, and his tenacity and focus, Vincent D’Agosta, and his dedication to truth and justice, Agent Pendergast and his thirst for justice and revenge. Hopefully, I’ve succeeded in making Elias as memorable as all these men.
Finally, there’s Shep. I admit, I have a soft spot in my heart for her. She’s a fighter and a survivor and someone who has actually learned from her mistakes. Is she making good choices? Oh, far from it. But she’s trying. And when the shit starts to hit the fan, she doesn’t run and hide. She stands her ground and thinks and does her absolute best to save not just herself but her town. Once again, I turned to Gillian Flynn and her amazing female characters for inspiration, specifically the protagonists of Sharp Objects and Dark Places. Like those women, Shep is complicated and complex and so, so intense. She’s probably in my top three favorite protagonists and hopefully readers feel the same.
As you can tell, it’s rare that any one character is inspired exclusively by one other individual. Like real people, characters are multi-layered and complex. Their personalities are built in the same way ours are, through trial and error and hardship and triumph. Sometimes, this creates a leader. Other times… well. You’ll have to read Silk in order to find out.
About the Author:
L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she's killed bamboo. Twice. She is the author of the Winged series, the Plaisir Coupable series, Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and Taken: A Frankie Post Novel.
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