S.C. Parris

S.C. Parris

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Welcome to my Blog! Here you’ll find posts about my life, inspiration I find on the way, and of course, writing updates, excerpts, and cover reveals! I’ll even be reviewing books I read (if you’re here for movies I’m into, check Monster thoughts). Grab your tea (or coffee) and stay awhile!

Get To Know Alexandria Stone

When I first wrote THE DARK WORLD at sixteen and fashioned the “impossible” woman that was Alexandria Stone into my book’s reality, the idea of Dracula having a lineage whose special blood must be honed and protected made sense.

A lot of the story of THE DARK WORLD is based, yes, on blood.

That’s why, with Alexandria Stone (yes, she’s the Philosopher’s Stone of my book), I wanted her power to be something not forceful, per se but still influential.

She is purposely the anthesis to Eleanor Black’s power. Both women’s power is influential by design, one heady and alluring and inescapable, the other protectful, not forcing another to DO anything, per se, but still controlling of the other Dark Creatures’ animalistic or vampiric nature. One urges it on, the other can take it away or give it back.

I also wanted to explore being a woman and what that meant for me growing up and writing this series for the past…14 years. Eleanor Black is how others have said they have seen me (mysterious, alluring, sexual, erotic, not controlled by anxiety but appearing in control OF it), and Alexandria Stone is, in a sense, how I see or saw myself (anxious, angry, scared of life and new things, scared [once upon a time] of forging new romantic relationships due to past ones). Both are women who know themselves insofar they are either enacting great personal change or simply forced to experience it, but it’s in how they manage the ‘unknown’ (suspiciously, right at the time I began to do the same for myself), that speaks to their characters. One fights for the relationship she believes will give her greater power, the other finds a relationship borne of mutual trust, respect, and admiration.

As Alexandria reaches her Vampire Age and succumbs to the ‘curse’ or ‘birthright’ depending on who you side within the story, the nature of her power starts to affect both herself and the Dark Creatures around her.

Here’s a bit about the character in my series that pulls everyone else together (or pushes them apart):

  • She’s 20-something at the start of the series. I believe I share her real age in Book 2, but it fails me now.
  • As mentioned before, she has remarkable power lying dormant in her blood—she is known in later books as “the blood stiller.”
  • She is, as is everyone else in the series, attractive in her own way.
  • Has panic attacks.
  • Is in a state of perpetual shock throughout most of the series.

And there you have it! A bit about Alexandria Stone!

I should have her shirts available for purchase soon!

If you like what you’re reading here, be sure to purchase a copy of THE DARK WORLD: BOOK 1 or continue the series with any other book today.

With Blood and Love,

S.C. Parris

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The Tales of Sinner Sharpe: Dark Waters

Title: Sinner Sharpe: Dark Waters

Genre: Dark Epic Fantasy

Wordcount: 90k

Planned Deadline: February 2023

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