I've always been fascinated with vampires. Count Chocula was my favorite cereal and I always drew fangs on coloring book characters in preschool. Bunnicula was a treasured book in my childhood and I watched every vampire movie I could get my hands on.
Anne Rice was a revelation in my adolescence and I confess that Louis from INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE was my first crush.
So it naturally followed that I would write vampire stories of my own. With oodles of vampire lore from movies and literature it was quite a task to discern which aspects of my vampires follow tradition and which ones set them apart.
So I’ve decided to give a brief study on the vampires in my novels.
They do not age
They have fast healing
They drink blood ...though they don't require enough to kill a person.
They’re vulnerable to sunlight and can also be killed by decapitation or major damage to the heart.
They can drink water and nibble on small amounts of food, though cannot digest it well. They also can technically enter someone's home when uninvited but they don't because they think it's very rude.
They are alive, not dead, and owe their unique attributes to a magical mutation.
They are sterile, so they make other vampires through blood exchange. However, they maintain their human libidos and the ability to use them. :)
Their government is a cross between feudalism and bureaucracy. Lord vampires rule over individual territories and bow down to laws made by council of 12 Elders that are like the UN.
Although duels and bloodthirsty battles still ensue, if a vampire wants something done, unfortunately he or she has to resort to copious amounts of paperwork. All vampires must swear fealty to the lord vampire of his home and seek his permission if he have an overlord or territory to call home, then he is a rogue and runs the risk of imprisonment or even execution if he is caught.
Vampires have existed for several millennium. They don't know where they came from, but there’s an old legend that they were demons banished from hell because they weren’t evil enough. In Wrenching Fate, they discover that there is a grain of truth to this myth.
What are some of your favorite aspects of vampire mythology? Which books or movies do it best? One commenter will win an e-book copy of WRENCHING FATE in the format of their choice!
Silas McNaught, Lord Vampire of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is elated when he finds Akasha Hope, the woman his psychic visions revealed to him centuries ago. To his surprise, Akasha is infuriated when Silas interferes with her life. Furthermore, she is nothing like the sweet woman he’d envisioned. Instead she's a foul mouthed mechanic and, due to being the accidental result of a military experiment, she possesses the strength of ten men ….and government agents are looking for her. Matters are further complicated when Silas’s vindictive ex lover spurs the Elders to investigate Silas in hopes to destroy Akasha and gain control of her friends, which are the key to an otherworldly prophecy. As government conspiracies and vampire politics collide, Silas teaches Akasha the meaning of trust…and love.
About the Author
A former mechanic turned paranormal romance author, Brooklyn Ann lives in the beautiful city of Coeur d’Alene with her son, her cat, and a 1980 Datsun 210. She can be found online at http://brooklynann.blogspot.com as well as on twitter and facebook.
Published by Sourcebooks
BITE ME, YOUR GRACE (April 2013)
ONE BITE PER NIGHT (August 2014)
BITE AT FIRST SIGHT (To be announced)
Published by Broken Angels
WRENCHING FATE (February 2014)
IRONIC SACRIFICE (To be announced)