Twilight. Dark-Hunters. Dracula. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Underworld. What do all of these fictional worlds have in common? Vampires. But what is most interesting isn’t that similarity but rather the differences that make each of these takes on a popular character type unique. The creators have taken the basic premise of a blood-sucking creature of the night and crafted differences to the characters, the mythology, and the world in which they exist. These differences appeal to some readers and viewers and not to others, but that could be said of any book ever written, any TV show or movie ever made. It’s why I firmly believe that vampires are not, um, dead.
In August, fellow Harlequin author Tanya Michaels and I took a tour of Mystic Falls, Virginia (aka Covington, Ga., where they film The Vampire Diaries).
When a subgenre of fiction becomes popular, it seems that overnight there are a million and one fictional properties cropping up everywhere you look to take advantage of that popularity. That, in itself, isn’t a bad thing. I believe that even if there are a plethora of vampire stories, werewolf stories, demon or angel stories, there are still room for more. The trick is to make sure that your take on that familiar story type is unique in some way. That’s why I worked hard to make Out of the Night, the first book in what I hope will be a long and successful V Force series, different from other vampire books.
Hanging out with a vampire and a werewolf. I met Kristin Bauer van Straten and Joe Manganiello (Pam and Alcide from True Blood) at Dragon*Con in 2011. Yes, Joe is just as gorgeous in person.
My vampires exist in a post-pandemic world. A virus wiped out about seventy-five percent of the world’s population, leading vampires, who’d always lived in the shadows, to come out in search of a drastically reduced food source. Thus, humans no longer go out at night, and vampires have to depend on blood banks for survival. One twist that makes it even harder for the vampires to stay fed is the fact that they can only drink blood of the type they had when they were human. Imagine the conflict when a vampire who is AB negative, the rarest blood type, falls in love with a human with AB negative blood. That’s the situation Campbell Raines, leader of the New York City V Force, the vampire cops, finds himself in when he meets Olivia DaCosta, a woman he almost kills during bloodlust but then saves, multiple times. Talk about a hurdle to get over to a happily ever after! But it sure was fun to explore, and I hope you enjoy the journey as well.
Are you a fan of the vampire genre? Who is your favorite vampire and why?
About the Book
Since the death of her fiancé, it is Olivia DaCosta who continues his good work feeding the homeless. Every day is a lone struggle to keep her diner open, more than two years after the plague that devastated the human population. Now, amid the chaos, a vampire race has begun stalking the survivors.
Because of her rare blood type, Olivia has learned to avoid vampire contact—until she meets one she can’t resist. After Campbell Raines saves her life, it’s clear there’s no ignoring their potentially fatal attraction. In the arms of this haunted yet captivating cop, Olivia will discover that vampires can love just as passionately as they kill….