And in the only way I knew how to bring this character to life, I crafted him on paper. I thought to myself, who could be his enemy? You can't have a protagonist that's too powerful, but you also need an antagonist that's equally hard to kill. And thus, my character suddenly found himself in a world of vampires. They are, of course, the undead. They don't have normal functioning organ systems. PERFECT!
Now that I had a protagonist and an antagonist concept, I needed a story. Well, you can't have vampires without werewolves. In my mind you can't anyway. So, as a Georgia fan, I let the dogs out. And I've never really heard a great origination story of such creatures, so how about I cover that too. CHECK!
Flash forward more than a year later and I had a complete manuscript. Lots of editing later, I was querying my book with agents and publishers. The "Gatekeepers," as I learned that they are appropriately called.
Some rejections later with a bit of praise sprinkled in, I have a contract.