Friday Rambling: Gargoyle vs. Grotesque (#gargoyles, #pnr #romance #paranormalromance)

So – exciting news, those of you looking forward to my first gargoyle book, it’s been sent to copyeditors. Pretty much, my part of the process (at least of the creative process) is done. WAHOO! And thankfully, after a final frantic 2-day last-minute edits, editorial people are good with it. Whew. I swear, I have never worked so hard on a book as I did on Locked…AFTER I had a contract on it. This is definitely a learning experience, peeps.

I wanted to clarify for people what a gargoyle is (or isn’t). An argument could be made that technically my gargoyles are actually grotesques, not gargoyles. Below are the definitions:SO –

  • According to Dictionary.Reference.Com (one of my favorite websites), a gargoyle is “a grotesquely carved figure of a human or animal” or “a spout, terminating in a grotesque representation of a human or animal figure with open mouth, projecting from the gutter of a building for throwing rain water clear of a building.” Here’s an example:
Gargoyles of Notre-Dame de Paris

Gargoyles of Notre-Dame de Paris

  • Also according to Dictionary, a grotesque is something which is odd or unnatural in shape, appearance, or character” and/or “fantastic in the shaping and combination of forms, as in decorative work combining incongruous human and animal figures with scrolls, foliage, etc.”
Grotesque at the University of Chicago

Grotesque at the University of Chicago

So you can see, there’s a bit of a difference. However, being a child of the 90’s, I grew up with the image of this as a gargoyle:


Goliath and Demona – Gargoyles: The Series

I’ve wanted to write about them ever since that series on TV. It’s silly, I was a bit old to be watching the Disney Afternoon at that point, but I loved the show. At least the first two seasons. The Goliath Chronicles (third season) didn’t float my boat. And those images have stuck with me ever since.

I’m about to start working on the next book in the series, which to my surprise, isn’t going to be the book I thought it was. Instead of my Reny/Tom book (Carved in Stone), it’s going to be Rory and Gabe (Sealed in Stone). I’m going to take the lessons learned from the editing process on Locked and apply them to the initial writing of this book. As you may notice, I no longer show having any progress on Sealed. I have to start it over because of a complete change in how the book is going to go, though many scenes should be able to be brought into this version. The basic story (Rory discovering what the heck she is and Gabe learning to accept himself as a Sentinel) won’t change, but the trappings will.

I’m excited to get started!

Just as a quick way to get you salivating – here’s my inspiration for Gabe’s appearance. Have a great day!

Gabe Lennox/Paul Walker

Gabe Lennox/Paul Walker



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