You know how I love vampires. TVC is forever in my heart as some of my favorite fiction of all time. (Not to mention how much I adore Dave2’s cartoon TVC.) I not only write it while wearing my author persona Lex Valentine, but I read it. Voraciously. When two of my favorite paranormal authors offered to come by here and talk vampires on their blog tour I jumped at the chance! Despite the fact that a guest blogger is pretty much unheard of here at Sunlight Sucks, I couldn’t pass up this chance to introduce you all to Mandy M. Roth and Michelle M. Pillow.
Big thanks to Lex Valentine for letting us come here and play today! We’ll get started with our first Q&A.
Dead and Totally Doable
Q: Do we bite? Do we like the idea of being bitten by others? What is our take on vampires?
Michelle: Yes. No. Yes. Wait, what was the question again?
I don’t bite. It’s Mandy you have to look out for. With me you’re generally safe unless you’re a giant plate of pasta… mmm…pasta. Wait, darn it!, I got distracted again.
In real life, I don’t really like to be bit. You know, mouth germs and all. But in novel life I think the idea of vampires needing your blood to survive, that thing that is primitive and vital to our own lives, is very intimate. Vampire represent those things most humans long to be. They’re immortal and we’re generally afraid of death or at least fearful of the unknown. Vampires are (depending on the version) beautiful and alluring. We age and have bad hair days. They’re powerful, beyond mortal law, and intense. Plus, they have the age = knowledge thing happening because they’ve been there, done that. As a woman, being chosen by a vampire is like being chosen not only above all others in your time, but all others over *enter the vamp’s age here*.
Of course, this isn’t counting the horror version of the vampire. With that version some of the same things still apply. They’re powerful and primitive. I think they represent those parts we’re not allowed to express…with good reason. Whether horror movie or romance novel versions, Vampire live beyond societal restraints. It’s a fun world to play in.
As for my books, I tend to like the darker vampires—brooding, bored, arrogant, with a god complex. They’re not all saints. Some struggle with their curse. Some think it’s a gift. In the coming month’s I’ll be re-releasing Tribes of the Vampire through The Raven Books (www.TheRavenBooks.com). Much of my world building is based on extensive historical research and vampire myths from all cultures—not just the typical Victorian view of vamps. Now that it has a new home, I hope to add to the series very soon.
Mandy: Do I bite? Hell yeah! Hard. Really hard. I love, love, love the idea of vampires and being bitten. I wish I could fully explain it but I don’t understand it myself. All I know is Dark Shadows did it for me in a big way. The very idea of a timeless, immortal bad ass who needs something from someone weaker (human) is a turn on to me. I think it gives them a layer of vulnerability and empowers the human within the story—unless of course your vampires are evil blood-lusting crazed maniacs who drain everything they see until it’s shriveled.
Vampires are what first inspired me to write fiction at all. Daughter of Darkness has a master vampire named Pallo in it who owns and operates Necro’s Magik World & Supernatural Theme Park. Think of Victor Victoria—but here you have a vampire, pretending to be a man, pretending to be a vampire who owns a supernaturally themed amusement park. The idea came to me while on vacation with my family at Sandusky, Ohio’s Cedar Point—Hallow Weekends. So, yes, to answer the question, dead is totally doable and I bite.
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Mandy M Roth
Michelle M Pillow
Thanks for letting us hang here, Lex! Everyone, remember that to be entered in the contest at the end of the tour, you need to comment on the posts. You can enter as much as you like.
Join us tomorrow when we visit Shelley Munro where we answer the question Who Are You Again? ? (Shelley’s url Blog: http://www.shelleymunro.com/blog/ )
Many thanks to Michelle and Mandy for coming by and talking vampires today. They sure made having a guest blogger totally painless. I already have a bunch of their books, but I must check out Daughter of Darkness since I don’t have that one. Oh, and here’s Dave2’s TVC, just to titillate us this Tuesday! LOL
Wishing you all a very TVC Tuesday!