Why the vampires are one of the most used type of characters in paranormal?
I wrote an entire paper in grad school about this. I believe we like to experience dangerous things from a safe distance. That’s why there is such love for “Twilight,” “True Blood,” “Vampire Diaries” and the Anne Rice books. I remember when I first read, “Interview with a Vampire.” Part of me was appalled by the violence, and then there was something dangerously romantic about the character Louis. And later when I read Lestat, he invaded my dreams so much that I had to stop reading for a few weeks.
When I created Nick, the vampire in my book, I based him on a Greek mythological creature. In some of the lore, the Vrykolokas, were werewolves before they became vampires. This gave me a new way of looking at the creatures. Through the years, it made sense to me that the creatures would do their best to assimilate into society and that they would change. They can walk in the light. They have souls. But they are still very much monsters.
And doesn’t that tap into the dark side of the human psyche? That part of us that we usually keep hidden, we can live through vicariously with these characters. My heroine, Casey, is a curvy girl like the rest of us. I wanted to see what it would be like from her perspective to fall in love with the guy she thought was just the neighbor next door, who turns out to be a vampire. We get to live through her experiences, which for me are real, because I would probably make those same choices if I were in the same situation.
That bite, I think, is a very sexual experience to many people. Hence, the popularity of vampires. Yes, they use it to kill, but in much of the lore, and the popular vamps, it’s also about sex. I’m okay with that. It’s that forbidden pleasure. You know, when you dream about a vampire, it means you want to have sex with a powerful person. I know it’s true, I read it on the Internet. (Smile)
Vampire Nick Christos might have been born in the Middle Ages, but those days seem tame compared to the last eight years spent ruling the Supernatural Council. The only respite in his long days of governing is with his sweet neighbor Casey Meyers. Sure, he’s forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but no way will he risk anything more with a human. Not with his blood thirsty ex on the prowl and out to ruin Nick’s life.
But when said crazy ex shows up at the ball and flies her freak flag high, Nick has more to worry about than keeping his hands off his neighbor. He’ll have to stay closer than ever if he hopes to keep her alive, but will she want to leave him forever when she learns the truth?
Title: Take it Like a Vamp
Author: Candace Havens
Genre: Category – Paranormal
Length: 293 pages
Release Date: July 2012
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About Candace Havens:
Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous,Charmed & Ready, Charmed & Deadly, Like A Charm, The Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her books for the Blaze line at Harlequin include Take Me If You Dare, She Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. In addition to Take It Like A Vamp, she has the steampunk novels Iron Demon (Oct. 2012) and Iron Blood (April 2013) from the Maisy Clark series debuting with Entangled Publishing.
Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. Model Marine is a National Readers Choice Finalist. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more.
Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.
Author Website: http://www.candacehavens.com/