I love discovering new authors who write vampires. Caris Roane debuts with ASCENSION, the first in her Guardians of Ascension series. Caris has a great prize for one lucky commenter today, it includes a small basket of goodies and a signed copy of Ascension [US only, please]. So please welcome, Caris!
Hey, everybody! Caris Roane here. I’m so excited to be with you all at VampChix! Michele Hauf is a great host!
Don’t you love vampires? My current favorite—besides any of my own hunky warrior vampires in Ascension—is Jean-Claude. And for those of you who love vamps you know exactly who I’m talking about!
When I did the Borders Blog earlier in December I talked about Jean-Claude and how I wish Laurell K. Hamilton would do an entire series with him as the lead this time. (Sigh!)
But I have loved vampires for a long time and years ago, one of my Regency romance novellas featured a family of vamps in the west of England. So, I guess I’d say that before I even conceived of my vampire-based Guardian of Ascension series, I already had vamps on the brain.
So, why do I like them and like writing about them?
I think on a primal level, it’s about connection and that if you could really be with a vampire, you’d have one more level of connection to savor. And don’t we all want that, crave that more than anything when it comes to romance? Connection, then more connection?
Another element about the vampire mythos that appeals to me as a writer, is that you start very clearly with your vampire lead in a place of brokenness, alone, wounded, despairing. Just as a matter of course, I believe that all fiction is about the lead being hurt and broken in some way, in need of growth and change, and the perils of the journey are what propel the lead to hopefully overcome. So, a vampire, by his or her nature, is already in a very low place and it’s an amazing experience to be able to take all the brokenness and bring about healing. Another author I admire very much, who has done just that in all her books and quite brilliantly, is JR Ward. All of her leads are broken warriors and through love come to a place of healing, connection and essentially rebirth.
My Guardians of Ascension series, involving outrageously winged vampires, attempts to do the same; to show the lead characters of each book starting out in a place of isolation and through the pressures of the story being forced to come together, to work together, to fall in love, to fail miserably at some point, then to grow and to overcome. I know I’ve succeeded when I hear from my readers with something like, I couldn’t put the book down.
I always love to hear what books readers have fallen in love with over the past year. I’m a reader first and if you’ve found a paranormal that rocks-your-world, please share it here!
Watch the trailer for ASCENSION!