Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Guest: J.A. London

VampChix welcomes the writing team of J.A. London today with an awesome new entry into the YA vampire genre, DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN, the first in a trilogy!  Tell us who your favorite literary vampire is in the comments for a chance to win a copy of the book!

Vampires as Victorian Creatures

J. A. London is the mother-son writing team of Lorraine Heath and her son Alex. DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN is the first book in a trilogy revolving around a dystopian world in which vampires rule and humans are corralled in 20 cities.
I had never really given much thought to writing about vampires until my son Alex created a world that, while modern, brought in elements of the Victorian era, which I write as a historical author.
As Alex says, “We felt vampires had gotten a little off track as of late and we wanted to return them to their rightful place as Victorian creatures: Polite, courteous, and obsessed with etiquette. Combining these ‘proper’ characteristics with their oppressive bloodlust creates a very frightening monster, especially when they want to cling onto the past so badly.”
This was one of the aspects of the series that really appealed to us. We have a modern world, although devastated by war, ruled by creatures who abhor technology and are struggling to return to the height of their golden era—the Victorian era. Within the vampire world, we also have younger vampires who are rebelling against the old ways much as their human counterparts are.
Not only do our vampires experience bloodlust—and only human blood will do—but they lack the ability to imagine. It’s one of the things they resent about humans. Humans invent everything. Humans write all the books. Humans paint, sculpt, build. Vampires can only appreciate human endeavors. And in many cases they don’t appreciate it.
We really tried to give readers a different type of vampire but one that was grounded in the original literary vampires.
Who is your favorite literary vampire? One lucky poster will receive an autographed copy of DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN.


Rain Maiden said...

Sebastian Wroth was a favorite literary vampire of mine. He was very intelligent and that was different to read about. I love when I can find a new twist on vampires.

SandyG265 said...

The original Dracula by Bram Stoker

Lil said...

Bram Stoker's Dracula fascinated me.

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lindsayjpryor said...

Anne Rice's Akasha (Queen of the Damned) remains one of the most entrancing vampires I have read. I know she had the most abdominal traits, but even amidst those flaws there was something moving about her loneliness and fight for survival. I've not yet come across another vampire who created in me an equal measure of horror and empathy.

molly.frenzel said...

I gotta go with an Anne Rice character too and say Lestat. Anne Rice and Lestat were my introduction to the paranormal genre and my first ever vampire books. I grew up reading about Lestat. He'll always be my favorite.


Anonymous said...

I Love Lestat from Anne Rice Books he is great.
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JA London said...

Thank you for stopping by and sharing your favorite vampire. We're fond of Lestat.

Na said...

I really like Bones from the Night Hunstress series. He has a great sense of humor and is deadly too.


Margaret Carter said...

Dracula as re-imagined by Fred Saberhagen; Count Saint-Germain in Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's series; Dr. Weyland, the ancient vampire of THE VAMPIRE TAPESTRY, by Suzy McKee Charnas.

States of Decay said...

My favorite literary vampire is Ethan from Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde :)