A note from Faith V. Smith on her vampire heroes and what makes them tick.
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In Kensington’s Soul, the first book, readers meet dark and brooding Zacke Kensington who is a detective in the Savannah Police Department, as well as a being a four hundred year old vampire. Zacke is not happy with his vampire heritage and seeks nothing more than to find a way to become mortal again. While he is exploring avenues to do just that, he meets the love of his life, Miranda James, a physician who moves his heart and soul. I think what makes Zacke different than a lot of the vampire heroes is that he really believes there is a God in Heaven, and is actively seeking a way to redeem his soul. Of course, I can’t divulge whether he succeeds or not…lol.
Dunbar’s Curse is a bit more relaxed about having fangs, but he is in a lot of ways like Zacke. They both served under an English King, fought side by side, and both were turned by the same vampiress. Miles has the good boy, bad boy scenario down pat. He is good at making love to women, but when it comes to owning up to being a vampire to the woman he loves, he has a very strong case of cold fangs. I loved writing both Zacke and Miles stories. However, Miles was such a character I just had to let him do his own thing in Dunbar’s Curse
Now, where do I get my ideas? I’d have to say from various avenues. Kensington’s Soul came to me or at least the character did in a dream. The story of Miles was like a blast of imagination hitting me right in the face when I was at an RT convention several years ago. I think as an author I manage to see everyday things and turn them into something that is not so ordinary or at least I try.
The one thing I like about my vampire heroes is that they are truly not evil. They will fight to the death if need be to protect their loved ones, but they would prefer to live a good life and do what they can to stop evil in the world.
I love to write! It’s great to be able to move characters around on paper or screen and get them to do the right thing, or in some cases their own thing. It’s like opening a present one bow or piece of wrapping paper at a time. You never know what’s going to be in the box. I know I can start off with an outline and end up with an ending, I didn’t know was coming. I know that makes no sense but then again we are talking romance and when it comes to the heart, anything is possible.
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This contest closes May 19. Contest is international!