Ask RJ – How does the Heroes series tie into the Sanctuary series?
When I wrote Worlds Collide, book 7 in the Sanctuary series, I created a team of SEALs that backed up Joseph. One of those marines was a guy called Viktor, an explosives expert who literally fell out of the closet as Bi half way through Worlds Collide.
I painted him as a guy who was all SEAL and who basically sought sex wherever he could. He was irreverent, a bit scary, but he was loyal. He helped the Sanctuary team, and his part in my books was done.
me. He interested me. He demanded his own book. BUT, not a Sanctuary book. That
arc was done, and as far as I was concerned at that time there were going to be
no more Sanctuary books.
loosely linked books looking at heroes. Not just SEALS (book 1), or Marines
(book 2), but cops, doctors, paramedics, teachers. And suddenly, I had a place
for my hero to appear. The man who I created for the final Sanctuary book
abruptly became a character in his own book.
to write him. I created an ex, a back story, and Heroes #1, A Reason To Stay,
Sanctuary in odd moments, it is not a Sanctuary book as such. But it is an adventure, with heroes and villains, and all kinds of hot love 🙂
to be in government one day like Dad. I’m just an artist, and I’m a man, I need
to do that stuff, don’t I?”
of that. His normally quick reactions to situations were lost in the need to
say exactly the right thing to Sam.
no one is just an artist. What do you like drawing?”
y’know?” Sam offered quickly. He looked shy and had the most intense sincerity
in his eyes. When he grew up, when he was legal, he’d be a looker. He was all
soft smiles and gorgeous dark green eyes, almost forest green and brown in this
light, framed with long sooty lashes.
whispered. He was staring down at the parking lot again.
what?” He turned when the door opened. A nurse hovered on the threshold, but
Mac held up a hand indicating five. She frowned and he smiled reassuringly. The
last thing Sam needed now was someone fussing over his IV. Mac belatedly
wondered if she had psychology experience and he should be asking her to stay,
but she had held up three fingers, left, and shut the door after her.
Not even Jo.”
was going. Sam thought his captors had abused him in the way they did because
he was gay?
want that with any man I’m with.” Sam was broken, his voice harsh and his tears
tracking down his cheeks.
him a little to pull him close. “It doesn’t have to hurt, kid.”