Wednesday, March 7, 2012

How a Vampire changed my life Guest Blog with Paige Cuccaro

I don’t write vampire stories exclusively, but it was a vampire that changed my writing life. His name was Louis de Pointe du Lac and one warm and magical night he gave a lucky young reporter the interview of a life time.

Before reading INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE, by Anne Rice, I mostly read steamy contemporary romances. I wasn’t a rabid reader, by any definition, but I enjoyed the occasional, blush-inducing, Danielle Steel, or Jackie Collins novel. Back then, I thought I’d grow up to be a teacher, or maybe a Pediatrician. (I didn’t consider all the math and chemistry requirements at the time.)

And then I heard about this amazing new book series—a horror story with such sexy romantic heroes there was almost nothing scary about it. A book about vampires, of all things. But these vampires were unlike any vampire that had ever been written about before. A vampire story told in the point of view of the vampire! I decided to give the book a try…

“I see…” said the vampire thoughtfully, and slowly he walked across the room towards the window.
I was hooked!

I think I read the book straight through in one sitting. (I was a teenager. I had all kinds of time.) Luckily I’d come upon the series a little late and the next two books were already out. So of course I devoured them in short order.

There was just something about this powerful, sexy, immortal killer who despite all the awesome gifts he enjoyed (speed, strength, agelessness, virtual invulnerability) was still famously unhappy, and tortured by a near debilitating sense of remorse. While I—the reader—imagined how wonderful it would be to have his gifts, all he wanted was to be me. It was fantastic! And I wanted more. More vampires, more romantic strolls through New Orleans’, French Quarter, more of this magical world where supernatural creatures lived among us.

But, as much as I’d fallen in love with Louis de Pointe du Lac and his tragic Claudia, and the bold, Lestat de Lioncourt, it was Anne Rice who’d seduced me. Her words had brought these vibrant characters to life in my mind. Her skill had created a world so real I could reach out and touch it. More than anything, I wanted to do that too. That’s when I knew I wanted to—HAD to—write.

All these years later, I still aspire to create the kind of beautifully crafted worlds I first visited in the pages of Anne Rice’s books.

I hope I’ve come close in my latest release, HELLSBANE, coming to mass market paperback November 2012. It’s not a vampire novel, but it is about immortal creatures—angels, demons and nephilim, living among us.

Twenty-three-year-old Emma Jane Hellsbane just found out she’s not human—or, at least, not only human. She’s half angel, too, and now Heaven’s got a job for her: round up all the Fallen angels and their red-skinned, horned devil-demon minions and boot their butts back into the abyss. Only problem? The demons and their Fallen masters fight back…and they don’t fight fair.
Luckily for Emma, she can put a stop to the constant threat of having her head hacked off if she figures out which Fallen angel is her father—and then kill him before he kills her. Of course, in the meantime, she’ll have to avoid accidentally seducing her angelic mentor, help an old friend conquer his own Fallen sperm donor, and basically save the world from a cataclysmic divine smack down.

No one said being Heaven’s bounty hunter would be easy. But with a name like Hellsbane, Emma Jane was born for the job.

Would I have become a writer if it weren’t for Louie, Claudia, Lestat and Anne? Probably. But it wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun!

Has this ever happened to you? Has a book, a character, a writer had a noteworthy affect on your life? I’d love to hear about!


Michele Hauf said...

Rice had a huge effect on my writing as well! Though, the first I read was The Vampire Lestat. He's still my favorite vampire. Ever.

Paige Cuccaro said...

Michele, I started reading The Vampire Lestat REALLY not liking him. He'd been sooo mean to Louie and Claudia, I had a hard time forgiving him. By the end of the book though, he'd become my favorite bad boy. And still is. LOL

Michele Hauf said...

I think it was his 18th-century beginnings that won me over. Love the time period, and his battle with the wolves was also epic.
Though, in later books, he does start to annoy. ;-)

Tanja said...

For me it was the casts of characters. When I was little every Sunday kids went to the matinee movies -- the swashbuckling heroes, the resourceful heroines and all the action-adventure you could desire. Loved it then and now -- Tanja

Paige Cuccaro said...

Hi Tanja! I remember going to movie matinees as a kid with my friends. I loved it! I'm still a HUGE movie buff. Thanks so much for commenting!!!

Miss Bohemia said...

Yep that Vampire (Lestat) and Anne Rice changed my life too and opened up a new magical world through reading.


Lisa Kessler said...

Ha! It was the same series for me, but it was Lestat that captivated me!

And when I ran out of Chronicles I started writing my own vampire stories...

But my vampires could still perform! LOL That was the only thing that disappointed me was that Lestat couldn't get busy! (If ya know what I mean... *wink wink* LOL)

Great blog!

Lisa :)

Karin Shah said...

Cool post, Paige! I love learning how authors got into their genres. I have to confess I've never read or seen Interview With a Vampire. My first vampire was Dracula, but I didn't fall in love with vamps until later.

Jennifer Probst said...

HI Paige! I just adored that series and I think it hooked me on vampires way before it was so sexy - lol!! Book looks amazing and I must have it!!!

Anonymous said...

I love this vampire as well! He inspired my writing as well as anne rice's pointe of view on religion. I been writing my ass off. I got a real response from Anne Rice in January. I emailed her about Louis being in a dream I had and we were talking and she wrote back! To me, I took it as louis writing back! LOL

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