I'd have to say my fascination with serial killers started around the time I
entered college. I love everything about the brain; how it functions, what areas
of the brain do what, how it can fail and the consequences of failing.
Someone is considered a serial killer after two or more kills in as little as a
month. Sometimes this occurs because of emotional or financial reasons, but in a
lot of cases, the taking of life gives the killer a thrill. That's where my
serial killers come in; the thrill.
So why serial killers? I believe them to be the ultimate antagonist. The amount
of fear that single title inflicts in a human being opens up a wide variety of
situations in my works and feeds my muse like no other inspiration, but it's not
the blood or loss of life that interests me.Â
It's the aftermath.
How does one person's simple action of taking lives affect others? I wanted to
answer this question so badly, I actually made it the key theme in my recent
release, DIE FOR ME.
However, not in the direction you might think.
Taigen Banvard, my protagonist, isn't so much a victim of a serial killer; he
blames himself for her existence. Every time his sister kills, her urges and the
voice in her head disappear, something she'll do anything to stop. By allowing
his relationship with her to get in the way of finding the help she needed, he
put hundreds of lives at stake. Desperation and guilt drive Taigen to the point
he's forced to hunt down his own sister to stop the bloodshed, but all the while
the love he has for her and the fear of turning into a serial killer himself
cloud his judgment.
How often does this happen in reality? When reports of a serial killer on the
loose hit the media, we hear mostly of the victims and their families. We feel
for them, cry with them and support them as they rightfully deserve. But should
we do the same with the killer's family?
How many of those family members blame themselves for what happened or worry
they too might have "the gene" that could set them off? With Die For Me I
was able to dig deeper into that very situation, perhaps even change your
perception of who constitutes as a serial killer's victim.
To learn more about my serial killers and the havoc they cause, check out my
recent release, DIE FOR
ME! Thanks for stopping by!
About DIE FOR ME
Beyond the Page Publishing, April 2013
Former hit man Taigen Banvard is desperately tracking the most dangerous prey
he's ever faced: his sister. Fighting demons from his past and lethal threats at
every step, he follows the trail to Torrhent Lynd, an escaped convict and the
stepdaughter of the man set on using his sister as a personal assassin. With
time running out and his sister's body count rising, can Taigen trust Torrhent
long enough to put an end to his nightmares?
Framed and convicted for a murder she didn't commit, Torrhent Lynd has broken
out of prison and is dead-set on getting revenge on her stepfather, the man who
set her up. Running from the law and driven to mete out justice of her own, she
can't afford to trust anyone, including Taigen, the fierce and attractive man
who might be the only chance she has to get out of this alive.
With the FBI on their trail, a serial killer on the loose, and hired guns
looking to silence them both, the two are forced into an uneasy alliance. As
they race to settle their scores and fight to stay alive, each drop of blood
they shed brings them closer to their targets, and dangerously closer to each other
As a thriller and romance writer, Nichole Severn fills her
stories with edge-of-your-seat-suspense, psychological trauma and bad guys
readers love to hate. She graduated with a degree in psychology from Utah Valley
University, which stemmed from her obsession with serial killers, and is
currently seeking her bachelors in English Literature. The obsession has toned
She resides with her very supportive, albeit patient, husband in Las Vegas, NV,
where she enjoys running, rock climbing, snowboarding, and action movies.
Nichole can be contacted through her website at www.nicholesevern.com,
email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter at @nicholesevern or Facebook.
14 comments posted.
Your thought process about serial killers is interesting. They certainly make excellent subjects for books. Wish they were only fiction.
(Marjorie Carmony 3:52pm May 12, 2013)
I have never given much thought to serial killers but now I realize that it is definitely something to give thought to. And yes, we have to killer's family and how they must feel. I think often they are forgotten Looking forward to reading Die For Me
(Dwight Younger 4:01pm May 12, 2013)
After reading the slant that you put on on this book, along with the accolades you got as a writer, I can't wait to read your book!! I'm also going to have to look up your other books, and see what I've been missing!! The good thing about your books is that when I've gotten done reading them, I can pass them along to my Husband as well, and know that he'll enjoy reading them!! Congratulations on your latest book!! I'm sure that it'll do well, and you'll have an even larger following after this one!!
(Peggy Roberson 4:06pm May 12, 2013)
Really enjoyed your serial killer blog, brought out things I haven't considered.
(Sheila True 10:22pm May 12, 2013)
When a serial killer is family, it is hard to choose: justice or family. This would be so interesting to read.
(Kai Wong 12:41pm May 13, 2013)
Wow... liking what I have seen so far... very interesting book... thanks for sharing.
(Colleen Conklin 12:45pm May 13, 2013)