Monday, March 15, 2010

Guest: Christopher Moore

Yay!  I'm very excited to finally have Christopher Moore here at VampChix.  BLOODSUCKING FIENDS was the first Moore book I read, and I don't think I've read anything like it since (except more Moore stuff).  The second book in the series is YOU SUCK, followed by BITE ME, which is available March 23rd.  These are not love stories.  And they are.  They aren't exactly horror stories.  And they are.  They are truly Moore stories in that they will make you nod your head in agreement with a lot of his ideas, laugh out loud many times, and want to glom his entire backlist once you've finished one story.  If you have a twisted sense of humor, these are your reads.  Vampire kitties?  Yes!  So here's the VampDude of the day, Christopher Moore...

So, my third vampire novel, Bite Me: A Love Story comes out in a few days, so I thought I’d share some answers to some frequently asked questions with VampChix.

FAQ:  “How come all of your vampire books have “A Love Story” as a sub title?
ANS: There’s always something to lose in a vampire story: your blood, your life, your humanity, your frequent user discount at the tanning booth  – but there’s not always something to gain, something for both humans and vampire characters: love.
Also when I wrote the first one, Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story, I thought the title would be funny.

FAQ: Yeah, but haven’t vampire stories always been love stories?
ANS: No. Dracula is not a love story. It’s not romantic. It’s scary as hell. Sure, Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” has a romantic tone, but Bram Stoker’s actual damn Dracula is a horror story. I know you guys know that, but it sort of chaps my hide that people think it’s a romance.

FAQ: Vampires are a hot trend right now, where do you think it’s all going?
ANS:  I think it may pull back after Twilight fatigue sets in, but I don’t think it’s going to go away. There’s just too much sexual energy channeled into the vampire myth for it to go away altogether.  For writers, the temptation to retell stories with vampire elements is just too strong, and people have been doing since way before I started writing professionally. I remember seeing the Holmes – Dracula File, by Fred Saberhagen, on bookshelves back when I was still in high school (which was long ago.) As I write this, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter is just being released.  It’s not going away, it just may change form and direction a bit.  Vampires fire the imagination, and that’s not going away any time soon.

FAQ: Your vampire stories take place in San Francisco. Any particular reason for that choice?
ANS: Well, originally it was because I only lived a few hours away, and I had never written a novel set in a city, so it worked for that, but since then, I’ve really come to love the city, it’s history, and it’s weird quirks  -- plus, San Francisco is really a very small stage compared to most large cities. It’s about a tenth the size, geographically, of Los Angeles, Paris, or London, so you can be familiar with more neighborhoods and write about them with some perspective. Although to be fair, most of my stories are set in the north end of the city (Chinatown, Northbeach, Russian Hill, The Tenderloin) because that’s where I live and what I know best.

FAQ: Your latest, Bite Me: A Love Story, begins with a huge shaved cat named Chet, turning all the stray cats in the city into vampire cats, which in turn start to wipe out the homeless and pretty-much anyone else who is out on the streets at night. What motivated you to create vampire kitties?
ANS: It seems natural, doesn’t it? I mean, cats are aloof, vampires are aloof. Cats prowl the night, vampires prowl the night. Cats pee in a box, vampires – okay, the metaphor breaks down there, but I thought it would be cool. There are vampire rats, too – oh, and parrots. Fun for everyone.

FAQ: The narrator of your last two vampire books has been Abby Normal, a perky, sixteen-year old Goth girl with a very creative vocabulary. How does an older day dwelling guy put on the voice of a trés cool teenager.
ANS: Hours and hours of practice with puppets. No, seriously, I built Abby’s voice from reading blogs on Goth sites, trying to pick up the vocabulary by ear. There were a lot of articulate, intelligent, and even funny kids doing blogs three years ago when I was writing You Suck. Unfortunately, by the time I was writing Bite Me, in 2009, most of the blogs had dried up, killed, I think, by texting and Facebook-like updates. It’s kind of sad. There was some really interesting writing happening, beyond the “wrist to the forehead” personal tragedy that you might expect.

FAQ: Bite Me sort of resolves the story you started in Bloodsucking Fiends, and rounds out a trilogy. Any thoughts about doing another vampire story in the future?
ANS: I like the way this one ends, and it does wrap up the trilogy, so I don’t feel a need to do more, the way I did after I finished Bite Me. But that said, I’m not closed to the idea either. I just don’t have another one planned right now. I’m working on a book set in 19th Century Paris right now, involving some of painters of that period, after that I may revisit Shakespeare again. I’ll definitely be writing more love stories and more horror stories, we’ll just have to see if some vampires float through. 

Please visit Chris at these places:

Chris sent along code to insert a cool 'add this widget' thingie to your blogs and website, but I'm not sure it's for pasting in a post.  So go to the homepage of his website and you'll see the widget right at the top to add.


The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public.
Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup. 'Cept there's no whining. See, while some lovers were born to run, Jody and Tommy were born to bite. Well, reborn, that is, now that they're vampires. Good thing theirs is an undying love, since their Goth Girl Friday, Abby Normal, imprisoned them in a bronze statue.
Abby wants to be a bloodsucking fiend, too, but right now she's really busy with other stuff, like breaking in a pair of red vinyl thigh-high Skankenstein® platform boots and wrangling her Ph.D.-candidate boyfriend, Steve (the love monkey). And then there's that vampire cat Chet, who's getting bigger and smarter—and thirstier—by the minute. Abby thought she and Steve could handle the kitty cat on their own, mais non . . .
Before you can say "OMG! WTF?" Tommy and Jody are sprung from captivity, and join forces with Abby, Steve, the frozen-turkey-bowling Safeway crew, the Emperor of San Francisco and his trusty dogs Lazarus and Bummer, Abby's gay Goth friend Jared, and SF's finest Cavuto and Rivera to hunt big cat and save the city. And that's when the fun really begins.


SandyG265 said...

I enjoyed Christopher Moore's 2 previous vampire novels. I'm looking foward to reading Bite Me.

mmMoxie said...

So awesome that you got an interview with Christopher Moore! He is by far my favorite author. I've read all of his books and I am super excited to go to his book signing in Phoenix this month.

Michele Hauf said...

Moore's signings are awesome, because if he talks beforehand, he is hilarious. Like a standup comedian. You get a booksigning and a comedy show all in one. Say 'hey' to him from Michele at VampChix! I'm jealous. He's not coming to my neck of the woods.

mmMoxie said...

will do. Glad his link brought me to your blog.

Mel Teshco said...

I've been missing out!! Another book/s to get! =)

Shauna Kemp said...

I don't think I have to say it, but I will, I'm SUPER EXCITED to read this, actually these books!!! =] I've been to Chris Moore's site before, not sure by which way before, but I've been meaning to look into these. Great interview, can't wait until this comes out!! And vampire cats, that's totally awesome!!! :)

Lisa Kessler said...

I'm really looking forward to this one!!! I read the first line when you posted it on your blog and I was sold... :)

Vampire cats and all!

Fun blog!

Lisa :)

mmMoxie said...

Went to his book signing Sat night in Tempe, AZ and it was so much fun. He is simply hilarious. Already well into reading "Bite Me". Buy it! Buy it now!

Here's my take on an evening with Christopher Moore if anyone cares: (warning: it's a looooong post with an excessive amount of cuss words)