I agreed to take part in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop, a promotion happening right now in which authors answer questions about their current works in progress. It works sort of like a chain letter. Each author answers the interview questions on her own blog and “tags” the blog URLs of the author who invited her and a few other writers who will be participating next in line. So here goes:
What is your working title of your book?
PASSION IN THE BLOOD, which will probably change. It refers to the metaphor of vampiric heritage being “in the blood” for the heroine because of her maternal bloodline.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Partly from the ancient vampire in Anne Rice’s series who acts as guardian for her family line through the centuries. I got interested in the idea of a vampire who has vowed to protect the family of his first human lover, watches over them in secret for a century and a half, and falls in love with one of their descendants, the heroine.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Maybe a young Louis Jourdan for the hero. I loved him as Dracula in the BBC miniseries.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Cordelia’s twin sister is kidnapped, Cordelia must turn to an old family friend for help and discovers, to her amazement, that not only is he a vampire, he knows secrets about her own parentage she never suspected.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I plan to submit it to an e-publisher that has released other works of mine.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Three or four months altogether, which is typical for me. However, this one was unusual because I stopped working on it about two-thirds of the way and came back to finish it over a year later.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Maybe some of Amanda Ashley’s vampire romances (in her approach to the motif, not that I claim to be on her level!).
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Partly the desire to create a slightly unusual heroine for a vampire romance and give the vampire hero a plausible reason to find her attractive.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
My vampires belong to a naturally evolved species, not supernatural. The mother who abandoned the heroine and her twin sister, unknown to them, was a vampire, accounting for the psychic powers the heroine has.
I'll write about Darkover next week.
Margaret L. CarterCarter's Crypt