First I want to thank Gay.Guy.Reading & Friends for having us as guests on the blog today. Irene and I are just starting to share some blog posts about our upcoming release Vespers, and we’re very excited to be here!
If you’re a writer and you pay attention to trends, a story about vampires would be considered, well, a bit of a long shot. Vampires are dead, right? The sparkles killed them.
Or something like that.
So why did Irene and I sit down and write a vampire novel, if no one would read it? For a lot of reasons, actually. I’ve been a confirmed fan of vampire stories since I read The Vampire Lestat, sometime before you were born. (lol!) There may actually be a picture of me going all fangirl in front of Ann Rice’s house in the French Quarter. Hush. No laughing. I was having a moment. For a while – about the time I was lurking on Charlaine Harris’s website – I made a determined effort to read the old ones, the classics, the vampire stories that were popular before Twilight and True Blood and all. Wonderful books like Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbary Hambly, and Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu. I DNF’ed Fevre Dream by George RR Martin (sorry, GoT fans) but I loved Fledgling by Octavia Butler.
Seriously, I could probably do a PhD in vampire studies. Which sort of explains why I’d be interested in a project like Vespers, but why now, and how did I rope Irene into the project?
Actually, she inspired me.
See, we were chatting one night, and she said something along the lines of “you should really write another vampire.” And I responded with “yeah, my agent would *love* that…paranormal’s not selling…conventional wisdom blah blah blah.”
But secretly, I was all YAY! I WANNA WRITE A VAMPIRE!
She didn’t have to poke me too many times before I started coming up with story ideas, and one thing led to another, and now we have Vespers. I asked Irene why she wanted to write a vampire story, and you know what? She blamed me! (lol!) Here’s what she said…
Why vampires? Most of that was Liv. I liked her voice in paranormal and she had a vampire as a minor character in another novel – so I wanted to see more of that. Beyond that, let’s just say I spent the ‘90s reading Ann Rice, and I loved Stoker’s Dracula. Why wouldn’t I want to write a vampire?
More seriously, Irene also talked about being intrigued by the idea of paying such a terrible price for immortality, and how that could work in the context of a story. She wanted to dig into the overlap between vampire-as-monster and vampire-as-human, and I think that’s where we really clicked.
TBH I have some serious thoughts about the way religion – specifically the Catholic Church – has treated people whose sexual and gender orientation fall outside the norm, and Thaddeus Dupont is my way of processing some of those ideas. Without saying the words out loud, we let Thad be both monster and human, but in the end, you – the reader – will have to decide who is truly evil.
You’ll also fall a little bit in love with Sara. You will. He’s pretty amazing. So as I said at the start, we’re just beginning to tell people about Vespers. It’s available as a preorder at the very low price of $0.99, and we’re also running a fantastic giveaway until a few days after our 9/13/16 release date. Check it out, and help us prove to Conventional Wisdom that vampires aren’t dead!
- Book Title: Vespers
- Book Series: Hours of the Night #1
- Author: Irene Preston and Liv Rancourt
- Publisher: Prescourt Books (September 13, 2016)
- Book Length: 295 pages
- Genre: Romance, Vampires Romance, Paranormal/Horror Romance