Currently working on: A dreadful synopsis
I read a post on a writing site awhile ago wondering why so many paranormal heroes don’t have real jobs. What? Like saving the world doesn’t count?! Sheesh.
When I was imagining the world of the Marked Souls, I thought about giving my immortal demon-possessed heroes day jobs. I’ve read vampire rock stars and werewolf business men, fairy mechanics and superhero reporters; certainly there was something gainful for my heroes to do when they weren’t obliterating evil. After all, they’d had jobs before their possession. Ferris Archer, in SEDUCED BY SHADOWS, grew up thinking he’d be a farmer like his father before him; then the Civil War and a demon got him. Liam Niall, in FORGED OF SHADOWS, was a blacksmith before he half starved during the Irish Potato Famine and started pounding the hell — literally — out of demons.
But the logistics of applying for employment in today’s world got a bit harried.
For one thing, my heroes are immortal. Which drives the Human Resources department nuts. The immortal bit negates the demand for health insurance, but how do you set up a 401K with employer matching when the employee will be around forever? Unless of course he’s brutally slaughtered one night during his second job which puts an unnecessary burden on his co-workers.
Speaking of second jobs, my league of talyan — warriors possessed by repentant demons — roam the streets of Chicago all night, draining the malevolent, chaotic energies from demons of the nonrepenting kind. So they’d have to take the day shift. But when would they sleep? Presumably, as immortals with the strength and speed of their inner demons, they could get their jobs done and still catch a few hours of sleep, but then when would they find time for love scenes?
Nope, a real job just wasn’t working out. They’d have to be content with battling evil and saving the world.
Secretly, I suspect the reason many paranormal romance authors don’t give their heroes real jobs is because we don’t want day jobs either. It’s as much work for us to throw obstacles in our characters’ paths as it is for them to overcome. It’d be a joy to stay home at my computer and confound them all day. But until that particular dream comes true, I’ll just have to envy them their vocations. With the exception of the brutally slaughtered part, of course.
If you were a heroine in your personal storyworld, would your day job get in the way, or would it help you preserve your cover? Which skills would serve you in both lives?