Contributor Shannon Mayer is the author of Rylee Adamson series.
Every author has a different way of building their story ideas, of developing their plot and characters. For me, my world building and plot lines most often stem from the unexplainable in the world we live in. When writing urban fantasy, my goal is to take a kernel of truth from the real world and develop it into the fantastic. To try and bring readers to the edge of belief and let them wonder if they took one more step if they would find themselves seeing more than they bargained for.
My Rylee Adamson series started to grow in my wee writer’s brain when I was only ten years old, with a kernel of truth that alternately fascinated and scared me. At the time, there was a missing child case that dominated the T.V and people’s conversations for months. A little boy of only six years old went missing from a park while his mother watched. There were no leads, no footprints, no evidence of any sort, his mother saw nothing. Despite all the searches and pleas for public help, there was never even a suspect, or a thread for the police to follow.
The case has gone unsolved to this day, no matter all the efforts of the police and the public. The family of that little boy makes a plea every couple of years for help finding new evidence in the cold case, and it still as heart wrenching now as it was nearly twenty five years ago. Yet still, there is nothing.
That incident struck a deep chord with me and when it came time to write the Rylee Adamson series, that missing child case wouldn’t let me go. I started to write a story that would address those un-findable children. Those innocent souls who could so easily be snatched and swept away from their loved ones, lost forever. I wanted to believe that those wrongs could be righted, and the only way to do that, was to write a story where those missing children could be found. That in some way, they could be brought home. Even if it was just a book.
My main character, Rylee Adamson is a Tracker, the equivalent of a psychic bloodhound. She can find anyone, anywhere. Anyone except the one person she loves the most; her little sister who went missing when Rylee was just sixteen years old.
For the families of missing children, Rylee is a last hope when the police have no leads, and the case has gone cold. The series follows Rylee as she Tracks down children and brings them home, encounters more magical creatures than one might think possible, and as she discovers that being a Tracker means more than saving children. It might just mean saving the world too.