PVN welcomes Georgia Evans (aka Rosemary Laurey) author of the Bloody Series, a vampire trilogy set in 1940s England. This month book 2, Bloody Awful, hits the book stores. Book 3, Bloody Right, appears Aug. 4. And Bloody Good was published in June. At the end of this post watch for contest information. Two lucky commenters will win a copy of Bloody Awful.
That’s a question I get asked a good deal, No doubt from people wondering why a mild-mannered
A good question too: What’s the appeal? Why are so many readers (and writers, of course) drawn to vampires?
Speaking for myself, the vampire first chose me, unexpectedly announcing around chapter five, that he was actually Kit Marlowe, and not dead as had been supposed for 400 years. After that, the undead sucked me in (forgive the pun, it just came out, I couldn’t help it). Whether heroes, heroines or villains, vampires are fun to write and add a layer to the story that mere mortals couldn’t possibly manage.
In the Bloody Series, I wrote the vamps as villains. Of course from their point of view, they are fighting nobly for a cause, aided and abetted by the German High Command. The Others of Brytewood see the whole scheme completely differently and one by one, with a few casualties, deaths, and close calls along the way, they eliminate the enemy. As the villains, vampires had to be eliminated but while they wreaked havoc among the Surrey hills, they added interest and tension to the books. In fact without them and their mission of sabotage and subversion, there wouldn’t have been much of a story.
In my Rosemary Laurey books, my vamps are romantic heroes and heroines. Very different and remarkably odd, if you think about it. Vampires as villains pretty much fits the notion of a bloodsuckers preying on the living but the metamorphosis from horrific figure to romantic hero is an incredible leap. Or is it? He fits many of the parameters of the genre. He’s the ultimate dark and dangerous hero. Messing around with a vampire you are playing with the ultimate risk. He might be good in bed but his kiss could kill. Plus, no matter how desperate your mother might be to see you settled for life, she would not want you bringing a a dead man home for Sunday lunch. Then there is the fantastic sex (although strictly speaking aren’t we skirting around necrophilia here?). On the other hand, by the time a man is a few hundred years old or more, he’s no doubt learned a thing or two and with a vampire’s stamina, he won’t fall asleep afterwards.
Hero or villain, a vampire in the plot makes for wonderful escapist fiction.
Now for the contest.
Two lucky commenters will each win a signed copy of Bloody Awful
To be eligible do one or more of the following:
* Leave a comment
* Ask Georgia a question
* Link this interview to your own site or a social network site, and be sure to let me know the URL
If your email is not associated with your ID, please put the address in your response.
Contest ends July 16 at 11:59 PM - Hawaii Time.
But there is more! August 4 Georgia returns for an open Q & A. Ask her about her books, the writing life, vampires, or anything else appropriate. Every question will give you a chance to win a copy of Bloody Right, book three in the trilogy.
The contest portion is closed. Thanks to everyone who participated!