I’ve had a thing for the fanged creatures from the time I first read Bram Stoker’s, DRACULA. And who could forget three of Hollywood’s most famous hunks starring in Anne Rice’s, INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE: Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, and, of course, Tom Cruise.
Then of course there’s TWILIGHT and Robert Pattinson made up just enough with Hollywood make-up to give him that I’ve-lived-for-a-long-time look! TWILIGHT was a wonderful, fresh look at a mythology that has entranced us for decades. Despite whether you fancy your vampires ‘sparkly’ or not, Edward gives us the same thrill as the other vampires, of extraordinary, lethal strength, the ability to kill with little more than a twist of his hands, and the need for blood.
In my own career as a writer, I’ve visited the mythology several times, once even while writing sweet Regency romance for Kensington. I wrote a novella for a Halloween anthology and of course, I had to write about vampires. Later, I read the work of Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward, Lara Adrian, and knew I had to create my own take on what had arrived as the warrior vampire hero. My ASCENSION series emerged, with vampires bearing wings, folding as a form of dematerialization, and living in ascended worlds with a full-blown vampire culture intact.
Vampires called to me with an abundance of thematic and metaphoric possibilities, like the un-beating heart that can be brought back to life, the deep wounds of a man that can only be healed by the life-force, the blood, of a good woman, and the sheer strength that could easily break a mere human being apart but which must be harnessed for good.
BORN IN CHAINS is my latest exploration of all this vampire goodness, in which a human woman rescues a tormented vampire, only to bind him to her with special chains in order to gain control of him. In the process, however, the story moves back-and-forth, from Adrien to Lily, as each takes turn commanding the other until both hearts are subjugated to an enduring love.
This Halloween, let the myth of the vampire take over your own life, just a little. Are you stronger than you thought? Does your cold heart need to be brought to life? Can you give up some of your life-force to ease the suffering of another?