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Emmanuel Ortiz holds an ancient and dark secret… His real name is Judas Iscariot.
Forced to walk the earth as a cursed immortal, Judas’ disguise as Emmanuel does little to ease his eternal loneliness. Having recovered nine of his thirty blood coins, his focus is not yet on redemption for his treacherous role in the betrayal of Jesus Christ.
Distractions come easily for the rich entrepreneur and sometimes sleuth who presently resides in England, 1888. Fascinated by the spate of murders in London’s poverty stricken Whitechapel, Emmanuel soon realizes the killings resemble others he is familiar with, and the bloody signature of killing and taunts speaks to the unholy talents of yet another immortal…an enemy from long ago.
This knowledge fuels his determination to track and apprehend the infamous Jack the Ripper at any cost.
With the backdrop of a Victorian Society, rigid and moralistic, along with the plight of those less fortunate, Emmanuel seeks to align himself with Scotland Yard. With the help of his immortal pal, Roderick Cooley, and by pretending to be an American private investigator interested in the horrific prostitute killings, he sets out to stop the senseless bloodshed. But, has he bitten off more than he can chew, by immersing himself in the slums and disease of the Ripper’s hunting grounds?
As the mystery unfolds it becomes the ultimate test…not only of his abilities as an immortal, but also of his very soul.
Targeted Age Group: late teens and beyond
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I write in several genres, so I am quite comfortable in moving from Action Adventure to vampire romance to ghost stories and to murder mysteries. But at first, I was most comfortable in fantasy–especially fantasy with ties to every day life.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write from the heart and never give up striving to improve your craft. Success is measured in a variety of ways, but if you love what you create and the process of writing stories, then keep going. You may well look back on an interesting and rewarding hobby that turns into a valid career. But the first thing is to start it from your heart.
I began writing stories roughly fourteen years ago, after pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter in Denver and later in Nashville. My writing career could’ve been a brief one, as it started one night when it was my turn to read a bedtime story to my two young sons. Rather than read the ‘Mouse birthday book’ for the umpteenth time, I began a ramble about a mystical world parallel to our own, a world where sinister creatures sought to take a little boy into their hidden lair… forever.
My first critical reviews from my young audience were mixed. My youngest child, Tyler, was enthralled about the magical place I created, and eagerly awaited more. However, my oldest, Christopher, thought it was the dumbest tale he had ever heard! Luckily, my wife, Fiona, listened nearby. She thought the idea had potential, although she kept that fact a secret until the following spring, 1997. When she suggested I create a fuller blown version of this story, it marked the beginning of my love affair with writing stories.
I wish I could tell you that the experience has always been a glorious progression, where crafting characters, incredible landscapes with captivating plots, and surprising twists was easy. Far from it. It took nearly three years for me to complete my first novel–based on the bedtime story to my boys who by then were young teenagers—and another two years to decide if I liked it enough to show it to anyone else.
Since then, I have written nine more novels, and presently have five established book series out there, with a brand new sixth series set to start in the fall with Curiosity Quills Press. The first installment of this new series is entitled “The Serendipitous Curse of Solomon Brandt”, and will be a serialized project before it is released as a full book in early 2013. After this series, which explores the true nature of good and evil, who knows what will be on the menu next? Something dark and creepy… Or, perhaps something light and fun?
Definitely, I intend for it to be something well worth your time to check out—Just wait n’ see!
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I approached Michelle with coauthoring books that dealt with Judas’s past, before 1900. The stories would deal with his previous alias of Emmanuel Ortiz, instead of the William Barrow name he uses in The Judas Chronicles. We called the new series The Judas Reflections, since it deals with his past adventures that are told from a more historical and less action adventure perspective. Michelle wanted to do the first book in Whitechapel around the time of Jack the Ripper, since she once served as a tour guide for the area. I loved the idea, the villain involved, and the fact we got to do this using older forms of modern English. The books will steadily work themselves back to where Judas loses nearly all of his evolution (as reflected in the Judas Chronicles books), and we can clearly picture him as the fiend who betrayed Jesus Christ.