Wednesday, September 14, 2011

To Be or Not to Be…a Vampire Guest Blog and Giveaway with Meredith Allard

As an author writing a vampire novel—my first vampire novel, as a matter of fact—I found my work cut out for me when I realized that my main vampire character, James Wentworth, was not keen on his supernatural fate. What? But you live forever! Isn’t that the greatest thing? I couldn’t understand his ambivalence, but that’s one of those strange moments for fiction writers, when we realize that our characters have thoughts, feelings, opinions different from what we think they should be. There is a certain stage in the writing process when the characters are so fully formed in our minds that they take on a life of their own. At that point, I’ve learned, I need to get out of the way and let them speak their own minds.

James was never meant to share his point of view in Her Dear & Loving Husband. After reading the Twilight books and the first two of Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series, I thought that a love story between a vampire boy and a human girl should be narrated by the girl. But one morning, only two or three days into writing the novel, I sat down at the computer and realized that James had something to say. I thought, move aside, James. Sarah is calling the shots here. Then I realized that if James has something to say I should take some dictation. I did, and I realized that writing about being a vampire from the vampire’s point of view might be a good thing. The novel went from one point of view—Sarah’s point of view—to a shared storytelling from both James and Sarah. It’s nice hearing from the vampire himself for a change.

When I was writing about James, I realized that he wasn’t happy about the fact that he had been “turned.” As he recalls a conversation between his father and himself after he became a vampire, he talks about how he wished his whole vampire existence was one over-long nightmare. He tries to insert himself fully into the human world—or as fully as he can. He knows his limitations. Only living at night. The need for human blood. The need to stay hidden. He knows from past experience that societies can become hysterical when confronted by things, especially magical things, they don’t understand. The events from the Salem Witch Trials are never far from his thoughts. And yet, despite his concerns, James lives like the old saying—when life hands you lemons you make lemonade. After he meets Sarah, the lemonade tastes all sweet, no bitter. Funny how love can change your mind about things.

Some characters relish their vampireness. They love the strength, the longevity, the permanence of eternal life. Others, like James, are more cautious. Even as the writer, I don’t always have control over which way the vampire will go. One of the things I’ve loved most about writing paranormal fiction is the freedom to have vampires at both ends of the spectrum—those who love their preternatural fate and those who don’t. And I’m glad I let James have his say. He’s lived a long time—349 years to be exact. He’s earned the right to share his side of the story. And, in the end, he just might be glad he’s a vampire after all.

Her Dear and Loving Husband
By Meredith Allard
Published by Copperfield Press
Release Date: April 11, 2011
Genre: Vampire Romance

Book Description:

How long would you wait for the one you loved?

James Wentworth has a secret. He lives quietly in Salem, Massachusetts, making few ties anywhere. One night his private world is turned upside down when he meets Sarah Alexander, a dead ringer for his wife Elizabeth. Though it has been years since Elizabeth's death, James cannot move on.

Sarah also has a secret. She is haunted by nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and every night she is awakened by visions of hangings, being arrested, and dying in jail. Despite the obstacles of their secrets, James and Sarah fall in love. As James comes to terms with his feelings for Sarah, he must dodge accusations from a reporter desperate to prove that James is not who, or what, he seems to be. Soon James and Sarah piece their stories together and discover a mystery that may bind them in ways they never imagined. Will James make the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sarah and prevent a new hunt from bringing hysteria to Salem again?

Her Dear & Loving Husband is part historical fiction, part romance, and part paranormal fantasy. With elements of Twilight and The Crucible, Her Dear & Loving Husband is a story for anyone who believes that true love never dies.

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Author Bio:

Meredith Allard is the author of Her Dear & Loving Husband and the executive editor of The Copperfield Review, a journal for readers and writers of historical fiction. Her short fiction and articles have appeared in journals such as The Paumanok Review, Muse Apprentice Guild, Wild Mind, Moondance, and Writer's Weekly. She has taught writing to students aged 10 to 60, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction at Learning Tree University and UNLV. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.



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LadyVampire2u said...

I enjoyed the post. This book definitely sounds like my kind of book and I would like the chance to read it. Both from James and Sarah's point of view. Thanks!

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SandyG265 said...

I enjoyed reading about how the character had his own opinions.

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debbie said...

This sounds really good, I would love to read it.

Roni said...

Barbara Bretton writes her Sugar Maple series with different points of view. I like it, it opens up the story. I would love to read Her Dear and Loving Husband.

Amy@Amy's Book World said...

I like that the story is a 2 person POV. Gives more detail to the story. The book looks like it will be a great read. Thanks for the giveaway.


Scorpio1974 said...

Wow what a great giveaway!! =) Thanks so much for the chance to enter! =)

Valerie Long

tetewa said...

Vampires are my favorite reads, count me in!

Vickie said...

This looks a neat twist. Thanks for hosting this interview and giveaway.

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Cylver said...

Congratulations on writing your first vampire novel! I look forward to reading it. Sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for the contest!!


Tatiana L. said...

The book sounds very interesting. Congratulation on your fist vampire novel. I would love to read it.


Meredith Allard said...

Thank you to Vamp Chix for having me here, and I thank all of you for your wonderful comments. You all made my day! I agree that having more than one point of view gives more detail to the story, and honestly it's more fun to write that way too. I had a great time writing my first vampire story!

Alicia0605 said...

I look forward to reading this one. I like multiple pov's so this will be good.


mortiana said...

The story does sound interesting;
I like the Salem connection having
spent a lot of time there myself; I would read this book.

Meredith Allard said...

Thank you Alicia and Mortiana! I was just in Salem in July and I loved seeing it all for myself. It really is a fascinating little town.