Please welcome D.B. Reynolds to VampChix today. She currently writes the Vampires in America series. One lucky commenter will win a copy of Jabril, so give D.B. some love in the comments and be sure to check out her website!
Why vampires? I get asked that question a lot – mostly by people who have no idea how wonderful vampires are!!! So what turned me on to vampires? I’ve been pondering that question this week, trying to think back to lo those many years ago and identify the very first vampire book I read or movie I saw. That’s a tough question, because over the years since then I’ve read so, so many books. I’ve also seen probably every vampire movie out there, some good, some … well … you know.
When I was in high school and into my twenties, I was totally into science fiction and fantasy books. Mostly science fiction to be honest. I’ve always been a voracious reader, making the trek to the library (or getting a ride from my mom or dad) every week to pick up a new stack of books. I was one of those children the librarians love to see walk through the doors. This was back in the day, and in a small enough town, that the librarian actually knew who I was when I walked through those doors! But science fiction was my thing. Until I came across Anne Rice’s wonderful book, Interview With a Vampire.
What a revelation that was! No more Victorian, broody vampires, wearing long capes and top hats and seducing willowy young maidens in their beds. No. This was NOW. Granted Lestat had been around a good few years by the time he was interviewed, but the true revelation, the pathbreaking aspect of Rice’s book . . . for me, anyway … was that it was contemporary. The idea that vampires had existed and lived among us for hundreds of years.
And such a vampire! Sexy and sultry and irresistibly seductive.
And then came Laurell K. Hamilton, whose early books were pathbreaking in their own way, and another total discovery for me. I loved those books, loved the idea of Jean Claude and his vampires living in downtown St. Louis, of all places!
By then, of course, I was totally hooked and couldn’t get enough of it. I sought out books and movies, old and new. I never liked the so-called classic films, like Werner Herzog’s remake of Nosferatu with Klaus Kinski as a skeletal, buck toothed and waxy pale vamp with long fingernails. Ugh. What woman would ever be seduced by that? I mean, really.
Give me Frank Langella’s 1979 Dracula any day. Gorgeous and sophisticated, smooth and sexy. Oh, yeah. He can seduce me anytime.
And I loved the evolution to Wesley Snipes’ warrior vamp, with muscles and fangs and a take no prisoners attitude. Not to mention the third Blade movie, which was, um, not that good. But it did feature a shirtless Ryan Reynolds, which is always a good thing. That scene when the half-naked Reynolds is chained to the floor, flexing those gorgeous muscles … well, it still takes my breath away. ::sigh::
Back to books, I love what Charlaine Harris, Susan Sizemore, Kresley Cole, J. R.Ward and Lynn Viehl have done with the vampire genre. And I especially love the urban fantasy that’s been spun lately, featuring vampires in a whole new light, like Adrian Phoenix’s fantastic Maker’s Song series with the delicious and oh so damaged Dante Baptiste.
And then there’s my own beautiful vampires. Raphael, Duncan and my newest vampire, Rajmund, whose book will be out later this year. I wanted my vampires to have all the seductiveness and beauty I admire, but I still wanted them to be vampires. Every author makes her own choices, but I’ve been dismayed by the trend toward vampires who are just sensitive guys who happen to drink blood. I wanted my vampires to be combative and territorial and vicious. Yes, I wanted them beautiful. But I wanted them to be VAMPIRES, not long-suffering martyrs searching for a tender-hearted woman!
So my Raphael is gorgeous and seductive, but he’s also ruthless when it comes to enforcing his domain. If you cross him, if you betray him, you do so at your peril – your mortal peril. And if you endanger Cynthia, the love of his very long life, there is no end to the pain he will inflict on you before you die. Not that Cyn needs protecting, mind you. She’s just as protective of Raphael, as he is of her, and just as capable of seeking vengeance. I like my heroines to kick butt right alongside their vamp lovers!
So, why do I write vampires? Because I love them. Because they’re the ultimate bad boys (and girls) and the possibilities are endless.
While you’re here, let me know what you think. Why do you read vamp fiction? I’ll be giving away a copy of my latest Vampires in America book, JABRIL. The winner will be drawn at random from those who comment on this post.
And after that, please visit me at my blog … http://dbreynolds.wordpress.com where I run regular contests and keep my readers up to date on my writing progress and future publications. There are blurbs for all of my books, plus every once in a while, I post a Vampire Vignette – little slices of life with my vamps.
Thanks for stopping by!
D. B. Reynolds is the author of the best-selling Vampires in America series and a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as the Academy of Television Arts and Science and Motion Picture Sound Editors. Her books have been called “smart, suspenseful and sexy” (Kelley Armstrong, NYT best selling author of the Otherworld series) and “a fast-paced story full of dark power and rough primal action” (Adrian Phoenix, A Rush of Wings.) JABRIL received 4 ½ Stars and a Top Choice pick from RT Book Reviews (January 2010), saying, “it doesn't get much better than this second installment in the Vampires in America series. Readers will have a tough time closing the book on this riveting story,” while RAPHAEL was given a 4 Tombstone rating at BittenByBooks.com.