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The Vampire Huntress LEGEND Series:
Fiction, Myth, or Myth in the Making
The Historical Roots of the Vampire Huntress Series according to L.A. Banks
The planetary alignment that occurred in Minion and The Awakening with the unusual stellar triad of Mars, Venus, and Saturn was indeed an actual event the year the first book was written/released.
The planetary orbit of Mars coming within close proximity to earth--first in 60,000 years, was/is fact. The Hunted
When I called the University of Pennsylvania Museum and spoke to a renowned professor there, he gave me the word 'power' in ancient Babylonian, "Dananu," which I've used as the foundation for the vamp language, which then adds every other language upon it in a palimpsest as new master vamps are made [according to my lore]. But I used Babylonian as the foundation (the whole idea of Sodom & Gomorrah where Babylon is historically linked to decadence, etc.) The Hunted and The Bitten. NOTE: The professor was thanked in the dedication of The Hunted.
Please note that research is an ongoing process, and I draw from actual local and world news events, religious texts, as well as from the 'hard sciences,' and the esoteric sciences'like numerology (but also use the 'holy' numbers in religious texts), astrology, astronomy, plus utilize world history, and cultural belief systems. Whenever I take the saga characters to another country, trust that that country has been researched, and their history, languages, culture and locations mentioned in each novel are valid. The above is by no means a comprehensive list of my 'fact weaving,' but it gives a sample of how facts have been incorporated into building the legend. While fiction and fantasy are fun, it's more believable and resonates more strongly when there is a solid underpinning of fact beneath it. I have not included the ongoing research that I'm undertaking (as we speak) for future books, because to tell that would give away critical plot lines and possibly ruin the ride for readers. Suffice to say that I spend a LOT of time in the library stacks, on-line, and rooting through obscure sources and literature to give you the best read I possibly can. Enjoy!