Monday, June 17, 2013

Setting the Scene: I’ll Be Damned by Casey Keen

Setting the Scene… Savannah, GA

When it comes to writing a novel, the setting plays an important role in creating the tone/theme of the book and how the characters interact with it and one another. When I first developed the plot of I’ll Be Damned, I knew Savannah, GA would be the perfect city to add some depth into my storyline and characters, especially the lead, Anna. What about Savannah felt right? Well, the first time I visited this city (and I visit here a lot), it was love at first site. The minute my foot touched the cobblestone street I parked on, it felt like I stepped back into time. Homes, statues, squares, street lamps, architecture, etc.—most mimicked a time when true beauty was treasured and grace was sought after. Savannah radiates historical elegance and enchantment.

Another factor was familiarity. I wanted the main setting to take place somewhere I’ve visited. What’s the importance in that? Since I knew I would have more than one fictitious setting intertwined throughout the novel, I wanted the main point of reference (or the “heart”) to be “real.” Savannah is a city I’ve seen with my own eyes and created experiences in. Because of this, I can share my deep love for it in my writing. This allows me to help the reader envision the world I created in their perspective.

Settings in novels can either be a character or embody character; sometimes both. In my novel, I wanted Savannah to be a place the characters can retreat to, but act as an influence at the same time. Throughout the book, the reader can see how Anna is heavily influenced by this city (for reasons I won’t give away here!) and in turn, how she interacts with it and what it has to offer. So, when writing, be mindful of the important role your setting(s) plays in each scene and with each character! 

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I’ll Be Damned
Anna Wolfe Series Book One
Casey Keen

Genre: Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Casey Keen
Date of Publication: March 2013

ISBN: 978-1483974774

Number of pages: 400
Word Count: 114,426

Cover Artist: Jenna DeVries, Graphic Designer

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Book Description:

A sister kidnapped.

An impending war between Heaven and Hell looming around the corner.

A Grand Witch who has no idea what she is.

The Prince of Darkness’s obsession in claiming her.

Two sinfully gorgeous men pulling her in two different directions.

As the owner of the coffee shop Deja Brew in Savannah, Georgia, Anna thought her life was ordinary. That is until her sister is kidnapped by a demon, prompting two handsome men to march into her life unexpectedly. Valen, the sinfully gorgeous, overprotective werewolf who is Anna’s sworn guardian and Roman, the most handsome and powerful Warlock in the entire Netherworld.

Suddenly, her world is stripped of everything she knows and replaced with frightening news about who she really is - a powerful Grand Witch. Now, it’s up to her to draw out her dormant magic, rescue her sister and stop an impending heavenly war threatening to eradicate the human race all while staying alive. 

About the Author:

I was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in the suburban outskirts of this amazing city. I love anything paranormal and/or supernatural - seriously I live in Philadelphia! For those of you who don’t know, this city is an awesomely haunted place! This healthy paranormal addiction has provided me the motivation to write my first book, “I’ll Be Damned.”

I graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and I'm currently working on the Anna Wolfe Series.

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Roxanne Rhoads said...

I aodre your cover. It's so fun.

bn100 said...

Fun cover

Casey Keen said...

Thank you! My graphic Designer is amazing!

Lisa said...

I love the cover and I love the book. Entered the contest for the paperback. You have a new dedicated fan! I can't wait for the next book

Casey Keen said...

Lisa, thank you! I appreciate it and good luck :)