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Monday, January 20, 2020

Hybrid Humanity: Mixing Phoenix and Vampire by Alisha Costanzo

You may have been first introduced to Blood Phoenix: Inferno Book Blast and Giveaway by author Alisha Costanzo in a giveaway post. But, here's a special post from the author. Enjoy.

by Alisha Costanzo

The phoenix is a symbol for rebirth, renewal, and resurrection. It only makes sense that my Blood Phoenix saga begins with Rebirth and ends with Resurrection (or at least, it will).
Besides, vampires have a similar cycle of death and reanimation (or being born into a new life) and the struggle of immortality. I’m sure plenty think I’m crazy for comparing the two since phoenix are the epitome of light and life and purity, and vampires are the epitome of dark, death, and debauchery.

What happens when you mix them? Well, you get my main character, Ria.

The thing about hybrids that interests me the most is the ability to play with the line of morality. What is good and bad? Where does one transform into the other? Can one do evil things for the purest of goods and great things for the darkest evils?

Yes.

It’s a powerful philosophy that I haven’t begun to explore, and I doubt I could truly understand it with eons to explore its possibilities, but duality will forever intrigue me.


That’s why I love to play with characters like Ria and her antagonists. Phea, my big bad and first-ever vampire, was once a sweet and innocent girl in love with an Atlantean god. She destroyed an immense evil that plagued her people, but she killed hundreds of thousands of them to save her baby.

Wickedness seems to taint those who set out to do well in life. Even Ria feels the affects, learning to take life swiftly as a mercy when hundreds of captured people are tortured in prolonged dramatic sacrifices. But when she runs to save her own baby, she refuses to let Phea murder the innocent people around her to get away. Ria would like to think her humanity makes her empathetic, but it’s her phoenix.

That’s why I like the mix of phoenix and vampire. They balance each other out and make Ria all the more human.

How do you feel about good and evil, hybrids, and using paranormal creatures to reflect on humanity? Let me know in the comments below!
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