So what is a Cruxim?
As I was searching through mythological creatures, I read about Kresniks, which are creatures from Croatian mythology. Sometimes called Cruxim, or Dark Angels, they dine on vampires. I decided to explore making my hero that: an angelic being whose mission was to kill vampires, because how can you be considered holy and yet spend your life killing others?
And then I wondered, what if someone dear to him became a vampire? How would he handle that when his mission is to kill them all?
In mythology, Cruxim often have black or blood-tipped wings and they might be able to "warg' into wolves. The great thing on focusing on this little-known mythological creature was that I could really make Amedeo's backstory my own, and create these fantastical "Creches" were the Cruxim live. Read more about Cruxim here.
Karin Cox is the author of gothic paranormal novel Cruxim, among other things. She also blogs at www.karincox.wordpress.com