Recently I was speaking at a local school about the importance of books and the emerging technology of e-books. During the presentation I was asked by a teenager why I wanted to write about vampires. The words were polite but the meaning was clear…why would an old lady (I hastily add that I’m not yet in my dotage) be interested in the paranormal world? At first I was stumped. Why wouldn’t I write about vampires? Then I realized that she didn’t have a clue that vampires and zombies and things that go bump in the night have been around since cavemen sat around the fire to tell ghost stories.
Personally I think that those of us who are slipping and sliding toward middle age were privileged to have spent our childhood inundated with the most wonderful plethora of horror, Sci-Fi, and campy craziness. I fell in love with the paranormal when I was a very young girl. I never missed an episode of Dark Shadows and my Saturday afternoons were devoted to Sci-Fi flicks that were as cheesy as they were fun. How could you not love Night of the Lepus? Killer bunnies…always a classic. Even my Saturday morning cartoons were devoted to Scooby Doo chasing bad-guys disguised as ghosts.
And, of course, there were writers who were offering fabulous stories long before the current books were hitting the shelves. I read a tattered copy of the Hobbit when I was in sixth grade and was fascinated by the glimpse into a land of fantasy. Suddenly there were magical worlds that offered escape from reality and I became a permanent fixture in our local library, consuming the latest books as soon as they hit the shelves. And there was such a vast selection. Traditional horror from Stephen King, fantasy from David Eddings, and Sci Fi from Stephen R. Donaldson, as well as the gothic romances of Victoria Holt that made me shiver in delight.
All of these influences have impacted my taste in reading as well as my love for writing. My latest book, Devoured by Darkness, is the seventh in the Guardian of Eternity series. The series that started with When Darkness Comes, is a combination of my love for dark, sexy vampires who are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect those they love , daring adventure, and quirky fantasy.
And while the writers of today are putting their own unique twist on the paranormal world, from steampunk to urban fantasy, they’re building on a legacy handed down by previous authors that must be nurtured and honored and passed on to the next generation with a reminder of those who came before us.
To celebrate all the great writers who came before me, I’m giving away a digital copy of Born in Blood (kindle or nook) Just tell me your favorite writer!!