However, in writing the sequel to this book (I'm hoping to have it done by fall...and who knows, maybe out next year some time?) I am struck by what I enjoyed so much about writing THE RAVENING--- the characters. Well, the characters and the "cool" scenes (I will be posting one of those scenes here in a few days).
God help me, I actually feel for this family that I've torn apart and submitted to all manner of horrors. Eighteen-year-old Erik, who realizes how a plague has cheated him of his future. His eleven-year-old brother Sam, emotionally scarred and attempting to cope with childhood redefined. Karen, their mother, whose humanity is tested when her family is torn apart. And Ken, the father whose former coping skills and knowledge are insufficient in helping him deal with a cruel and unfamiliar environment.
And then...the villains.
I don't mean to brag, but I do write a powerful baddie. Cameron Lowry is a vile and frightening individual. You won't like him, but you won't be able to turn away from him, either.
It's funny how, in starting work on a sequel, that I suddenly realize what it is that has made "The Ravening" special for me.