The media has been buzzing on what are the “next vampires” — werewolves? Angels? But does that mean vampires are out? Not according to author Alexis Morgan, whose first Silhouette Nocturne novel Vampire Vendetta hits stores this month! Alexis blogs on why she thinks vampires and here to stay. Do you agree?
I’m really glad to be back visiting here at the Paranormal Romance Blog today. The timing is perfect because I’m celebrating the release of my very first full-length vampire story, Vampire Vendetta, from Silhouette Nocturne. I’ve been a fan of the fang, to borrow an expression from Eric Northman, for a long time. Starting with Barnabas on Dark Shadows, some of my favorite characters have always been vampires. As a reader, I find it fascinating that in the mythology of vampires, their image has gradually evolved from a evil killer to a noble warrior, and from a seductive monster to a heroic lover.
When I decided to try my hand at creating my very own vampire world, I had to think long and hard what it was about one of the most iconic of paranormal characters that keeps readers coming back for more. I can only speak for myself, but I have to think that most of us are drawn to the same things.
To begin with, I love alpha heroes, and no one is more alpha than a powerful vampire. Regardless of whose fictional world he lives in, he’s likely to be taller, stronger, faster, and far more experienced than your average human male, not to mention better looking. What woman wouldn’t want all that intensity focused just on her?
I’m drawn to stories that hover at the boundary of darkness and light. That sharp edge provides the perfect environment for a vampire hero, who is more at home in the deepest of shadows than in the stark light of day. Add a heroine who brightens his dark life perhaps for the first time in centuries, and you’ve got my attention. Even though he can never leave that darkness behind completely, she will stand beside him forever.
Every vampire series is different, and I love the endless variety. Sometimes the vampires live among humans in secret; other times they make their presence felt throughout society. There are vamps who are made and vamps who are a separate species. Ones who shun the sun, and others who have adapted and can walk in the day. Each new series I read is a journey of discovery to see what the author has done to make her world unique.
I love the idea of a powerful vampire warrior who has sacrificed his life to protect the lives and secrets of his people. His duty and sense of honor demands that he hold himself apart, reluctant to trust anyone other than a select few friends who have slipped past his guard. A lonely life, to be sure, but a necessary one. Then he meets that one woman who speaks to his heart and heals his soul. Yeah, gotta love that.
Finally, there is the seductive appeal of a big, powerful hero armed with a lethal set of fangs and incredible strength who is brought to his knees by his love for that one special woman. And she knows—absolutely knows—that he will use that strength to protect her, to cherish her, and never against her.
So those are my thoughts on why our fanged friends are here to stay. Care to share any of your own?