It is truly an honor to welcome Nancy Kilpatrick to Patricia's Vampire Notes. Her fiction is well known to vampire and horror fans. In March Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead, an anthology of fiction by Canadian authors was published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Nancy is the editor of this terrific collection which includes stories by such writers as Kelly Armstrong and Tanya Huff. [see contest info at end of interview]
Nancy, thanks so much for taking time from your busy schedule for this interview!
PVN: What besides the vampire theme bring the stories of Evolve together? What are the new Undead?
Nancy: The new undead take the vampire as we see him/her presented today in movies like Twilight, TV shows like True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and Being Human, and in any number of books. This is the vampire that is now living among us. No one is saying anymore: “There’s no such thing as a vampire.” The writers in Evolve start from there and imagine where the undead can go in the immediate future. To find out how they envision the evolving vampire, you’ll have to read the book!
These novels are set in a world I created which presented more modern vampires, as in the last 100 years or less. There were 3 male vampires who, against all odds, became friends. The first three books are their stories and they appear in a major or minor way in one another’s books.
When I wrote
I wrote a lot of short fiction and other novels. Basically, after such an initial sharp blow of rejection from so many publishers, I picked myself up off the floor and kept going. I’ve always seen life as this: you live, or die. If you get out of the womb, you have the ability to live. Life is precious and it’s worth the fight, even in the midst of despair. If life is anything that can be narrowed down to one word, that word is: change. I always hang onto that thought: things will change. And they do.
There’s a lot more work to editing than just accepting stories, but that part is one of the big kicks for me.
Besides those interests, I went to the Pitt Museum in Oxford, which has lovely real shrunken heads and about 300 skulls. And the natural history museum adjacent has mummies, another interest of mine.
Of course, there is Whitby, the abbey ruins, which I’d not seen before. And other abbey ruins in Glastonbury, Kirkstall Abbey in Leeds and Rievaulx Abbey near Helmsley. I don’t think there is anything more beautiful than the ruins of Gothic arches. Even the intact Gothic churches can’t compare. Something about the beauty of the past, still standing, despite the erosion by man and by time...
One of the big adventures was visiting Temple Newsam, a huge estate just outside Leeds, which my ancestors owned. I traced my family history a few years ago and, God, I would have been a Vicountess if all had gone well!
Desirée, on the other hand, writes more mild erotica. I’ve published two novels using this name: Mercedez: Day of the Dead (based on the Vivid Girl, Mercedez) and Hunted, for Orion Publishing in the UK.
Tesseracts Thirteen: Chilling Tales of the Great White North
Nancy Kilpatrick (Editor), David Morrell (Editor)
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing; 1 edition (July 30, 2009)
For me, it’s a bit frustrating because I’d love nothing more than to just sit down and finish these novels. But there is the reality of eating. And I do love to travel—travelling feeds my soul like nothing else. Travelling, of course, requires money. Then there are the mundane parts of life like food shopping and laundry. I try to have a social life too and, oh yeah, exercise three days a week! I’m busy all the time and when I can snatch time for working on the novels, I do, but sadly any writing time I find goes into the short stories I’ve promised. I have three on my schedule now, and another three in the distant future, as in the end of 2010 or 2011.
This is not how it used to be for me. I wrote the three Power of the Blood books (and other novels) when I was married, and my ex-husband was a writer too. Living with someone, sharing expenses, having your significant other within reach—and a writer- simpatico SO--all this contributes to a life that allows for a lot of writing time and space, if that’s how you’re wired. Now, I have to work harder to make money, to see my boyfriend, etc. etc.
And the big special edition is a hardcover signed by everybody, wrapped in silk, and packaged in a wooden coffin! Very cool! (also only 50 printed, and I would imagine few remain).
Nancy is offering one copy of Evolve to a US or Canadian resident.
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This contest closes April 9, 2010