One day when I was in college, a bunch of us student types drove over to Bisbee, Arizona to stay at the Copper Queen Hotel, which is said to be haunted. On the counter at the front desk was a registry book in which guests could write in and recount their paranormal encounters. I read a few pages and found a pattern of people seeing ghostly faces in reflections from TV screens, windows, mirrors and metal surfaces. That fascinated me to no end and I spent the entire night looking at every reflective surface in our hotel room. Never saw a dang thing. That's not the point of this blog.
Weeks later, back in Tucson, some of my college buddies and I rented some vampire movie to watch one night. I don't remember the title, but in the movie, the vampire tried to conceal the fact that he didn't have a reflection so that he wouldn't be found out by people. I thought to myself, he wouldn't have a problem if he just stayed at the Copper Queen Hotel. That is what sparked an idea in my noggin.
What if that's how a vampire keeps his secret is by using a ghostly reflection as his own to pass off as human? I had to think up a plausible scenario to explain such an arrangement between a soulless body and a disembodied soul. So what if two brothers were walking outside one night and were attacked by a vampire? Okay, so far so good. Let's say one of them is killed and the other one is turned into a vampire himself. That's how we can have this non-reflection concealment scheme. Thus were born the characters of Kenn and Damion Varson who are two of the main characters in my first novel.