Nightkind in New Orleans
Interview With the Vampire is my favorite vampire movie. I enjoyed the book very much, yes, but the dark, lush, beautifully atmospheric movie drew me into Louis and Lestat’s world and swallowed me whole. I never wanted to leave.
Vampires and New Orleans have both fascinated me for as long as I can remember. As a child, I researched the city and its history, felt its pull from thousands of miles away. When I finally visited New Orleans for the first time and stepped onto Royal Street in the French Quarter, I felt like I’d come home at last.
So I think it’s only natural that when I created Dante, the fact the lived in New Orleans, had been raised in Louisiana, was a natural part of him—just as was the fact that he was vampire. Nightkind.
Dante and Heather’s New Orleans pulses with an earthy and passionate rhythm, a city brimming with heart and shadows and dark possibilities. Anything can happen there. Nightkind in the French Quarter, moshing with mortals in Club Hell. A riverboat casino packed with glittering unearthly vampires (nightkind) who watch with hungry gazes as mortals gamble away much more than just money.
And perched on top of tombs in the cities of the dead, fallen angels warble haunting songs into the night and search for the next creawdwr, the only being who can restore a fading Gehenna and weave order out of chaos, a being that hasn’t existed for over two thousand years.
They don’t know that he stands on a club stage in the French Quarter wearing skin-tight leather and latex, a bondage collar strapped around his throat, a guitar in his hands. And a hidden hell in his heart.
New Orleans still calls to me and I hope to have a home there one day. I’ve walked the French Quarter over and over and over and I’m convinced nightkind walk those narrow streets as well. Always have, and always will.
My question to you is: Have you ever been somewhere that felt like a perfect place for vampires or other preternatural beings?
The Maker’s Song series:
My latest release, Etched in Bone, is the fourth Maker’s Song book, and takes up where Beneath the Skin leaves off.
Son of a fallen angel. Forged in vampire’s blood. Sworn to a mortal woman. If Dante falls, the world falls with him . . .
Dante faces his destiny and searches for a way to accept it on his own terms. To make his life, his own, at long last, and with Heather at his side. The former FBI agent is more than his partner and lover, she is also his anchor, his beacon, guiding him back from the edge of madness when his shattered past rises up and threatens to swallow him.
But in Heather’s human family awaits an unexpected enemy. One who could force Dante to choose his darkest destiny—as the Great Destroyer.
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