Monday, November 30, 2009

Guest: Rosemary Laurey

Welcome Rosemary Laurey to our little corner of the web today.  She's not always Rosemary, though, because she also writes the Brytewood vampire series as Georgia Evans.  She's got a copy of BLOODY AWFUL to give away to one lucky commenter!


That’s a question I get asked a good deal, No doubt from people wondering why a mind-mannered grandmother spends her days writing about the blood sucking undead. One often gets asked, too, What’s the appeal? Why are so many readers and moviegoers (and writers, of course) drawn to vampires?

Speaking for myself, the vampire first chose me, unexpectedly announcing around about chapter five, that he was actually Kit Marlowe, and not dead as had been supposed for 400 years.  After that, the undead sucked me in (forgive the pun, it just came out, these things happen). Whether heroes, heroines or villains, - they never seem to have walk on parts-  vampires are fun to write and add a diension to the story that mere mortals couldn’t possibly manage.

In my WW2 set  ‘Bloody’ Series,  (See ) I wrote the vamps as villains. Of course from their point of view, they are heroes fighting nobly for a cause, aided and abetted by the German High Command.  The Others of Brytewood -being on the receiving end so to speak- see the whole scheme of things very differently and one by one, with a few casualties, deaths and close calls along the way, they eliminate the enemy.  As villains, the vampires  had to be eliminated but while they wreaked havoc among the Surrey hills, they added interest and tension to the books.  In fact without them and their mission of sabotage and subversion, there wouldn’t have been much of a story.  

In my Rosemary Laurey books, ( See my vamps are romantic heroes and heroines. Very different and remarkably odd, if you think about it. Vampires as villains pretty much fits the notion of a bloodsucker preying on the living but the metamorphosis from horrific figure to romantic hero is an incredible leap. Or is it? He fits many of the parameters of the genre. He’s the ultimate dark and dangerous hero. Messing around with a vampire you are playing with the ultimate risk. He might be good in bed but his kiss could kill. Plus, no matter how desperate your mother might be to see you settled for life, she would not want you bringing a dead man home for Sunday lunch. Then there is the fantastic sex (although, strictly speaking, aren’t we skirting around necrophilia here?). On the other hand, by the time a man is a few hundred years old or more, he’s no doubt learned a thing or two and with a vampire’s stamina, he won’t fall asleep afterwards.

I’ve also written a few vampire short stories and novellas.  One, Turkish Delight,  is out from Elloras Cave on December 18th. In this novella, my vampire is a female secret agent. Being a vampire rather gives her an edge against the bad guys. And being an Elloras Cave story, there's some nice, steamy sex as well.

Details of the other stories,  set in varied worlds and times, can be found on my Rosemary Laurey web site.


Marissa Farrar said...

This did make me laugh! Never thought about the whole 'sex with a dead person' thing as necrophilia before! Certainly sheds a different light on the vampire-romance popularity at the mo.

Beleth said...

I didnt know she also writes as Georgia Evans! I've read Love me forever and loved it :D! I cant wait to start this other series.

Ida Brugler said...

Rosemary, Bloody Awful sounds great, rite up my Alley I have never read any of your books, but am always looking for new reads that can keep my intrest. Will check out your web site.
Thanks, Ida

californiameaghan said...

the necrophilia comment cracked me up! glad to have a new series to look up!

meaghan_koci (at) yahoo (dot) com

Silvia said...

Hey Rosemary, I liked your story Velvet Nights. Bloody great post :), it made me laugh.

Rosemary Laurey said...

@ Marissa and california

Well as to necrophilia I suppose it rather depends on whether the vamps are dead or not.. mine are.. they die first then come back.

Best not dwell on that too much

Rosemary Laurey said...

Yup I'm one of those split personality writers

Rosemary Laurey said...

@ Silva
Thank you- I had fun with Velvet Night one day I'll do antoher in that 'world"

van_pham said...

Hi Mrs. Laurey

This is the first time i have heard of your books, and they sound really interest...definitely will check it out!

Rosemary Laurey said...


Hope you enjoy them. It was utterly fascinating immersing myself in 1940

Rosemary Laurey said...

If anyone would like a book mark and/or a signed bookplate. send a SASE to PO Box 6548, Columbus, OH 43206

Also see for a chance to a Brytewood lunch bag.

Rosemary Laurey said...

And tomorrow on the Vamp Vixens yahoo list I'll be announcing a new contest and giveaway for the publication of Turkish Delight- a vampire novella from Elloras Cave

to join the vamp vixens
send an email to

Anna Dougherty said...

I've read the Laurey titles and loved them. They stay on my keeper shelf and I try to read them every so often. The Georgia Evans titles are on my Christmas list! I've been fascinated with the WWII and vampires concept. Seems quite interesting and I'm excited to get my hands on them. Now I need to add Turkish Delight to y ever growing list. Hopefully Santa thinks I was a good girl this year:)

Thanks for the great interview

heidi87 said...

This book is great. i enjoy reading it.
thanks again.

Rosemary Laurey said...

I hope Santa is good to you and brings all three :-)

Rosemary Laurey said...

And another thing
(if these posts seem fragmented it's because I'm running up and downstairs between doing the veg for dinner tonight)

but for anyone who missed my 'Forever' books, Kensington are re-issuing the first three next summer.

Rosemary Laurey said...


So thrilled you enjoyed it... they were fun to write

RKCharron said...

Hi :)
Thank you very much for the excellent interview with Rosemary Laurey and thank you to Rosemary for sharing. I really enjoyed learning more about Rosemary and her writing.
Is Rosemary on Twitter? I cannot find her and I've searched on her site and on Twitter for her Twittername.
Thank you again,
All the best,

Fallon Hadley said...

What a great interview. Thank you for spending time with us.

WW2 is one of my all time great "moments" in time. Sometime I think I was born a few generations too late.
Your WW2 Bloody series sounds awesome.

Thanks again,
Fallon Hadley

cait045 said...

The short story with the female secret agent sounds hot I really need to read that one.

Martha Lawson said...

I haven't read the bloody series yet, but I'd love to!! They sound so good. I'm a big fan of your other books.

donnas said...

Great post. I havent started the Bloody series yet but it sounds great.

Barbara E. said...

I think the Brytewood series is a delightful change from the common paranormal romance. I like the setting of WWII and the vampires as the enemy. But any way you bring them into the story, whether they're the evil villains or sexy heroes, vampires are always a good time.

Rosie said...

Hi Rosemary . . . I've read many of your books, but not the "Bloody" series yet. I'm very anxious to get into them!! Thanks!

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I'd love to read Bloody Awful!

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