Confessions of a Vampire Author
By Sue Ann Jaffarian
I have a confession. Except for my own vampire books, I have NEVER read a vampire novel of any kind. Really. So imagine my surprise when I got it in my head to write one.
While watching True Blood, with all its sexy, blood thirsty vampires, shape-shifters and whatnots, I got to thinking I’d like to write a book about regular people who become vampires and who don’t want to rule, eat, have sex with, or kill every living person they come across. What happens to vampires who simply want to live as normal an undead life as possible? I put some thought into my idea and pitched this to my agent: It’s a novel about vampires who seem to be regular people, including a cute older couple, trying to living under the radar in Los Angeles. One day the older couple, the Dedhams, save the life of a young woman, Madison Rose, creating a dilemma for themselves and their vampire friends. Madison now knows vampires exist (there is no “glamoring” in my books). Have the vampires saved Madison, only to have to kill her themselves?
My agent loved the idea and we quickly sold it to my current publisher. Upon learning I’d never read a vampire novel, my editor begged me to remain that way. She liked that I brought my own untainted spin to a genre filled with books with similar plots and characters. So have many of the reviewers and readers. To develop my own ideas on vampire do’s and don’ts, I read several non-fiction books on vampire legends and lore, as well as online research into modern vampire cults. It was certainly an eye-opener!
Murder In Vein and Baited Blood, the first two books in the Madison Rose Vampire Mysteries, are mystery novels with vampires as characters, rather than traditional vampire books. In each book, Madison and the vampires have murders to solve. Baited Blood was just released and RT Reviews gave it 4-1/2 stars! You can find links to the first chapters of each book on the home page of my website: www.sueannjaffarian.com.
Shortly after I started writing Murder In Vein, I was taking a shower and in the midst of shampooing when a voice in my head said, “My name is Samuel La Croix. I’m the head of the Southern California Vampire Counsel. I’m blind and lived during the time Rome ruled Egypt.”
|VampChix managed to find Taye with fangs!|
Okay, so I didn’t actually hear a voice. I’m nuts, but I’m not that nuts. But the idea was as clear as if I had heard it for real. I got out of the shower, went straight to the computer and wrote down the back story and physical traits of Samuel La Croix. As soon as I included Samuel in the manuscript, the story shot off the page. (Picture Taye Diggs with fangs.)
Of course, there was one common trait of vampire novels and TV shows I couldn’t ignore – the sexy vampire bad boy. In addition to Samuel, there’s another who knocks the ladies’ socks off. His name is Colin Reddy and I’d be hard put to decide between him and Eric Northman.
So put yourself in Madison’s shoes. You’re out in the woods tied up and about to be murdered when two vampires save your life. How would you react?
Sue Ann Jaffarian writes three acclaimed mystery series: The Odelia Grey mystery series, The Ghost of Granny Apples mystery series and the Madison Rose Vampire Mysteries, in addition to the popular Holidays From Hell short story series for e-readers. She is also a full-time paralegal in Los Angeles, California, and a motivational speaker. You can follow her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sueannjaffarian) and Twitter (http://www.sueannjaffarian.com).