It’s great to be here on the VampChix blog!
In my new novel, Night Walker, our hero, Calisto doesn’t consider himself a vampire. In fact, he gets an attitude about it.
Although Night Walkers are similar to vampires, they are dead during the day, they drink blood to live, they have preternatural speed and strength, Night Walkers also have a few different traits that separate them.
When I was researching for the book, I really wanted a “new” vampire. I wanted something more tribal. All immortal blood drinkers couldn’t have originated in Transylvania, right?
I started digging into the oldest civilization I could find in the Americas… The Mayans. They believed blood was magic, and they didn’t hesitate to spill it. In fact, many sacrificed their lives willingly, believing they would live again. The Mayans even had a God for reincarnation.
So after lots of researching, Night Walkers were born. They live forever, drink blood, avoid sunlight, and enjoy preternatural speed and strength, but Night Walkers also shape shift into their “Spirit Animal”. Calisto’s spirit animal is a raven. A really large raven.
And unlike vampires, Night Walkers are actually alive at night. They breathe and have a heartbeat. They can enter houses without an invitation. They’re not afraid of garlic, crosses or holy water either. Since they’re descended from the Mayans, none of the church’s relics hold any power over them.
I hope that in the end, it gives vampire lovers enough of the traits they enjoy, and a few new twists to make Night Walkers memorable.
So here’s my question for you… How far can an author take vampire mythology without leaving you disappointed? Are there certain vampiric traits that are a MUST? Have you come across some that annoyed you?
I’m looking forward to hearing your answers…
Title: Night Walker
Author: Lisa Kessler
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-12-1
Mobi ISBN: Coming soon!
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-13-8
He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her…
Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.
She’s haunted by dreams of her own death…
After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she’s drawn to him in ways she doesn’t understand.
They’ve waited in the shadows for centuries…
Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he’s ever loved again.
Books 2, 2 1/2, and 3 coming December 2011, January 2012, and June 2012!
About the Author:
Lisa Kessler is an avid reader and writer of dark fiction. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
Lisa recently signed a 4 book deal with Entangled Publishing to release her Night Series. The first book, Night Walker, is scheduled to be released August 5th.
When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more at http://Lisa-Kessler.com
Lisa lives in southern California with her incredibly fun husband and two amazing kids.