Apr 26, 2011

R. A. Nelson Blog Tour and Contest

Please welcome R. A. Nelson author of the recently published and well received Young Adult novel Throat. [two lucky readers will win a copy of the book. see contest details at the end of the post.]

I asked Russ if he would explain the mythology of his vampire world, and here what he had to say.

Wonderful topic, Patricia. Thanks for having me!

Okay, vampires. Not the most original of subjects, I admit. So first off, I wanted to make my vampires as realistic as possible – I looked at the whole vampire mythos from a fresh perspective and took the idea almost down to ground zero. I tried to envision what it would be like to live in such a way in the real world. Because of the need to avoid daylight and the lack of any kind of legal documentation whatsoever, it would be virtually impossible for a vampire to own property or have very many material possessions at all. They wouldn’t have social security numbers, wouldn’t be able to transact any kind of business, hold a bank account, etc. Unless they wanted to take a huge risk (because of daylight or discovery), like hiding somewhere on a plane, they would be limited in travel to the distance they would be able to run in one night, and with each move they’d have to find a new safe haven. Even with all their physical advantages, it would be hard to find any glamour in the condition – a vampire would basically be a super-powered homeless person who happens to need blood.

Another twist in my book is the connection of my vampires to the sun. Each vampire is surrounded by a kind of electromagnetic field which gives them their powers and provides them a means of communicating over great distances, as well as other abilities. The downside to this is that their “disease” is actually a kind of mutation or alteration of this field, and they survive by tapping into the “feld” (German word, not a typo) of human beings when they drink their blood.

The condition of vampirism in my book is reversible, however. Every few hundred years there is a titanic solar flare on the sun which blasts the earth with a flood of electromagnetic particles that act to “cleanse” a vampire’s feld, making them human again. There is one faction of vampires who kind of worship the sun (from a safe distance, of course!), believing someday they will be relieved of their curse (unless they happen to be deep within the earth when the solar storm occurs).

Emma is a different kind of vampire altogether. When she is attacked by the monster Wirtz, she suffers a massive grand mal seizure, a kind of electrical storm of the brain, which scrambles her personal feld with that of the vampire. So when she is transformed, her epilepsy has turned her into a kind of half-vampire, half-human. She is left with all the powers of a vampire (super strength, speed, senses), without the need to drink blood or avoid the sunlight. So she’s basically super human. There’s just one catch – the bad vampires want to kill her for it.

Wirtz is a Germanic vampire from the old school. Truly horrific and menacing, Wirtz is hundreds of years old and monstrously bitter after losing his son and being passed over during the last healing sonnenruption (he was hiding in a coal mine at the time). This merciless creature is in relentless pursuit of Emma for most of the book and will stop at nothing to destroy her – after learning her secrets first, of course. Emma’s only hope of surviving a second encounter with the vampire and keeping her family alive lies in…well, you’ll have to read the book to find that out!

Thanks again!

Blog Tour stops for THROAT

Monday, April 25th    Books with Bite   

Tuesday, April 26th    Patricia’s Vampire Notes   

Wednesday, April 27th    Bite Club   

Thursday, April 28th    Suvudu   

Friday, April 29th    Random Acts of Reading   

Saturday, April 30th    Dangers Untold and Hardships Unnumbered

The publisher will be tweeting about Russ’s blog tour on @RandomHouseKids!
(Follow the author: @RANelsonYA)


* The publisher is offering a copy of  THROAT to two lucky readers.

* Leave a comment for Russ about this post for a chance to win.
* Be sure contact information is included with your comment.

* This contest is open to US residents only

* Contest ends May 10, 2011 at 11:59pm EST


Sandy Jay said...

A new author for me. This sounds like a great book. I'd love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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SandyG265 said...

Sounds like an interesting twist on vampires.

sgiden at verizon.net

Amber said...

This sounds like an excellent book. I like the variations of "vampirism" that this book appears to explore.
I will add it to my summer reading list.

Amber M.

debbie said...

I like the spin on the vampire story. It is interesting to think they could be healed. I would love to read the book.

Julie S said...

I think it's neat that vampirism is reversible in this story. It's always cool to see different takes on the lore.


Tore said...

I love vampire books and different twists on them. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I just love how despite the fact that vampires have been around since the beginning, writers have continued to keep them fresh and exciting. WooHoo! I love Vamps!

I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards


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van_pham said...

This book sounds really interesting, i love vampire novels! Please count me in :)


Ebyss said...

I'm a huge vampire book-reading fan. From horror to romance.

The only thing I ever ask for is to put a little creative twist.

You did that. :)

Thanks for the contest.

ebysswriter @ yahoo dot com

Tanya said...

OMG I'm completely hooked from reading your synopsis!!

R.A. Nelson:" will this book become a series?

Danielle Gorman said...

I just love reading vampire stories and I love it when an author puts their own twist on it. This book looks good.

gfc follower

Elke said...

Sounds like a refreshing change from the usual vampire lit! The author has some very interesting novel and unsual ideas. I would definitely love to find out more! Thanx, misspider_AT_web.de

Bella said...

Hey, Russ! I'm excited to read this, it's been on my buy list for awhile. After twilight and the other books in the "vampire genre," if you will, I needed to take a break from it. You're just the writer to get me back into it though and I'm really interested in your version vampirism. I like when a writer does his research (I'm crazy about research and planning when I write.) Hope to read it soon and let you know how great it is! =)

Jennifer said...

I'm always up for reading a book by a new author. Throat sounds like a really really good read.

Thanks for the chance to win.

BookNoise at gmail dot com

meggerfly said...

I'd like a closer look into this world!

rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

heatwave16 said...

I love the return to an evil & ruthless vamp. We've seen so many that are not really portrayed as monsters.


Meredith said...

Sounds like a great book. A vampire probably would find that cover equivalent to a cookbook with a big chocolate cake on it!

meredithfl at gmail dot com