Mar 7, 2011

Mary Abshire - Guest Blog and Contest

Please welcome Mary Abshire who is here to discuss the nature of the vampires who inhabit the fascinating,  erotic world she has created. Mary is also offering an ecopy of her new book Claiming the Evil Dead to one lucky reader.

Take it away Mary!

Hello Everyone! Thanks for checking out my blog post.

I must confess, I'm a bit of a newbie writer. When the first paranormal romance, Claiming the Evil Dead, got picked up last year I was elated. Then Noble Romance liked the second and was interested in a third. I was overwhelmed…speechless. I never thought my books would be released so fast. God bless e-publishing and the Internet!

Going back to a year ago, I wanted to write something that could turn into a series and possibly last. Too many vampire books are on the shelves so I needed my vampire book to stand out. How could I do it?

I thought and prayed. Yes, prayed. I decided not to write solely about a vampire, but one would be a main character. So what kind of heroine did I want? She couldn't be normal. But she could want to be normal. What did I want her to do? What hadn't been done before? I came up with a half-demon who catches souls and sends them to hell. It seemed original to me. And since I have a vamp as main character, one question became, do vampires have souls?

It's my perception vampires are portrayed as dead creatures with cold blood, no beating heart, no need to breath, no bodily fluids, and no need to eat (sucking blood doesn't count). No one talks about vampires having a soul. Perhaps it is assumed the soul left the body at death. Makes sense. They should go somewhere, right? Is it because the body becomes dead the assumption is made?

In my books, vampires have souls. Why? I ask, why not? In my opinion, every creature created has a soul. Now, creation can take place in different forms. Birth is one form. Creation into another entity is another form. Bare with me—this is fiction. I can make up whatever I want.  LOL.

In the world I created, a person dies, but souls don't necessarily leave the body. Souls can have unfinished business. Souls can go to heaven, if called upon. Souls who are strong/powerful can stay behind, walk the earth, and do whatever they want. They can torment humans, possess bodies, and wreak havoc on mankind. Most bad souls don't want to go to hell so they stick around and walk the earth. The devil can call souls to hell whenever he wants and send them back in different bodies. Isn't that peachy? (Hey- it makes for a series.)

In terms of vampires, the person's body dies, but is reborn with vampire blood. Creation once again takes place. Thus, the soul stays with the body. That's my story in my fictional world and I'm sticking to it.

So, I ask, why do souls have to leave the body? Who made the rule—oh, your dead so the soul says good-bye to the body? Am I the only one who thinks about these little details? It's okay to say yes and call me a freak. LOL. I take no offense.


Leave a comment with your thoughts and you're entered for a chance to win an electronic copy of Claiming the Evil Dead.

Be sure to leave contact information with your comment.

Contest is international.

Contest ends March 22, 2011


Anonymous said...

I would love to read this!

wade2121 @

Dottie (Tink's Place) said...

Hi Mary!

I don't know why the soul has to leave the body, especially for vampires... it seems that reanimated flesh would be soulless... like zombies, but that's not really the case with vampires. I think they get to keep their souls... I've spent too much time thinking about this.. lol!

I would love to give your book a try, count me in!

Dottie :)

SandyG265 said...

I think that your soul leaves your body so you can move on.

sgiden at

Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. I would love to read your book. It sounds really good. I think a soul leaves a body so you can move on. Your not met to live forever in that body.

booklover0226 said...

That's quite a thought provoking question, Mary; too much for my pea brain!

But your question does remind me of a short story I read. A man passes away and goes to heaven (or it could have been purgatory). The bottom line, he didn't like being there and wanted to return to his body. He was and when he returned, his wife and children were standing at his grave and "heard" something. They quickly left...

I look forward in reading Claiming the Evil Dead.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Looks good! Thanks for doing this!

melanie said...

WOW I love your concept and I cannot wait to read your books.

mary abshire said...

Thanks for the comments. Lovin' the feedback :o)

Good luck to all!

Danielle Gorman said...

This book looks really interesting and I would love to read it.

jen said...

sounds great!

JenM said...

I have to admit, since I'm not religious, I don't spend much time thinking about souls and what happens to them after a person dies, but I always like to read about what a writer chooses to do with that concept. I'd love to get a chance to read this book.

jen at delux dot com