Emma Holly currently has a vampire trilogy, continuing the Fitz Clare Chronicles, on bookstore shelves. Set in the 1930s, it follows a family of vampires and their struggles to survive alongside humans.
Miss Holly's previous vampire releases include:
"Luisa's Desire" in the FANTASY anthology
CATCHING MIDNIGHT - Berkley - 3/03
HUNTING MIDNIGHT - Berkley - 10/03
"The Night Owl" in HOT BLOODED - Jove - 9/05
COURTING MIDNIGHT - Berkley - 10/05
KISSING MIDNIGHT - Berkley - 6/09
BREAKING MIDNIGHT - Berkley - 7/09
SAVING MIDNIGHT - Berkley - 8/09
Here are a few questions for Miss Holly...
You started doing contemporary erotica, what lured you to the paranormal? Do you prefer one over the other?
The first books I sold were contemporary erotica, but the first books I wrote were romances with science fiction settings . . . very bad romances with no doubt very lame science fiction settings. It's just as well they never saw the light of day, though it is an indication that I was drawn to the paranormal from the start. I was really happy when paranormals were "in" again, and I got the chance to return to it. I confess, no matter what genre I'm writing, a book has to have something weird about it for me to enjoy creating it.
Do you prefer doing a series or stand-alone titles? What about novellas?
It depends on the book. Sometimes - as happened in the Fitz Clare Chronicles - writing a series gives me the room I need to do the story justice. I conceived the trilogy as an ensemble piece, what happened to Edmund Fitz Clare's whole family. To pull that off the way I wanted, I had to write more than one book.
Of course, now that I've written a couple connected stories in a row, I might welcome the chance to wrap up the plot in just one!
Why vampires, or upyrs, as you call them? What is their allure?
Vampires are the original dark and dangerous bad boys. Or girls, as the case may be. I sure loved writing the vamp females in the FCC.
Do you weave in mythology and legend or make a lot of it up?
I do a bit of both. For my taste, the more "para" a story is, the more it needs some sort of "normal" to ground it, whether that be a real world setting or a well recognized mythology. I think that kind of foundation helps the reader buy into the fantasy. Now that I've written six upyr books, my own mythology is pretty well established. I have to be most careful not to contradict myself!
The Fitz Clare Chronicles is set in the 1930s. What about that time period appealed to you?
It's all about the clothes. And the cars. And the cool Art Deco furnishings. I also suspect my fascination hearkens back to my childhood obsession with Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot. As a kid, I'm not sure I even understood everything that was in those books. Some of them were a bit racy for their time, as I discovered when I reread a few for research. But dapper little Hercule was my Sherlock Holmes, and I guess you never forget your first!
Everyone always asks “what advice would you give to writers” but what I want to know is ‘what advice do you wish someone gave to you when you were just starting in the business’?
Interesting question, but truthfully, nothing! Looking back, I stumbled along plenty, but what I learned really sank in. Half the stuff that people tell you is nonsense anyway - if not all of the time, then at least some of it. If you're the sort of stubborn person I am, it's okay to figure out, in your own way, what works for you.
Will we see more in the Fitz Clare series, or do you have new things planned for future books?
Right now, I'm working on a two-book story for Christian Durand. (Christian was introduced in Breaking Midnight for those who are keeping up.) After that, who knows?
Here's five quickie questions we ask every guest:
Dark or Light?
Absolutely must be both. All dark with no funny makes Emma a dull girl.
Historical or Modern?
So far I've only written historical, but I like to read modern.
Fav Movie or TV Vamp?
Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Bagged or From The Neck?
Dead or Undead?
Anything else you want to add?
Thanks for inviting me!
A big thanks to Emma Holly for being the first guest at VampChix!