1.When did you become fascinated by vampires?
I was something of a late bloomer, comparatively. Having been raised Christian, I was a bit sheltered from any brand of darkness that wasn’t, well, Christian. So I was around 18 or 19 before I stumbled on Anne Rice and her work, and of course there was no turning back after that.
2.Why did you choose to write about classic dark vampires?
I suppose technically, I didn’t. The vampire genre is a bit saturated, after all, and I never planned to write vampires until Zane’s story was born. The real life events that inspired the Sin City Sanguines demanded to be told as a vampire story, but I still didn’t want to write inside the box. So I found my own niche within the genre, and it seems to have worked out pretty well.
3.What’s your favorite vampire story?
Definitely Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Her ability to weave a deeply personal -dare I say human -story with the threads of the supernatural is absolutely unparalleled.
4.Favorite vampire TV show, and did you watch VWars (opinions on it)?
I haven’t watched VWars yet. I don’t watch much TV at all, actually, and when I do, it’s the same stuff on loop in the background while I’m working.
5.If you could do a dream cast for The Vampire bride who would be in it?
6.Would you like to be turned into a vampire?
Sometimes I think I would. If I could be an Anne Rice vampire and live both within and outside human society, not have to deal with everyday human drudgery, and really be privy to the Big Picture of human history, that would be ideal. I’d make meals out of rapists and drug dealers and take all their money and go travel everywhere.
- If you could pick one of your vampire books to live in, which one would you pick?
Ryker (Sin City Sanguines Book 2) is my best work to date, so I think I’d pick that one. I choose this one over Zane (book 1) because Ryker is still my favorite SCS character, and we don’t meet him in book 1.
- What are your vampire must read books for your fans?
Obviously the Sin City Sanguines, the Vampire Chronicles, and also JR Ward’s series.
- If you could talk to any author dead or alive who would you choose and why?
Probably Thomas Harris, because Hannibal Lecter is one of my favorite characters in American literature, and I would want to talk to him about how Lecter was formed in his mind, how much he himself relates to the character, that kind of thing.
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