It’s my pleasure to welcome fellow Midnight Ink author and InkSpot blogger to the blog today. Her latest book, MURDER IN VEIN, was just released in trade paper and in limited edition hardback. Sue Ann is the hardest-working writer I know, writing THREE series (Odelia Gray and ghost Granny Apples, in addition to this new one). Not only that, but she’s also a real sweetheart. Take it away, Sue Ann!
I love the title of this blog – A Million Blogging Monkeys. Makes me think of an old fashioned steno pool of lined-up wooden desks, but instead of 1950’s circa secretaries pounding on old Royals, each seat is filled with an ape pounding a keyboard and staring at a computer screen. Heaven knows, with all the blogs out there, including mine, it isn’t far from the truth.
I feel the same way about vampires that I do about bloggers – that we are over run by them right now. Vampires are everywhere – on TV, in the movies, between the pages of books. It’s difficult to turn on any sort of entertainment without seeing one or two or more pop up. It’s even difficult to carry on a conversation without a reference to vampires or vampiric behavior horning in on the chat.
And, as with blogging, while I’m pointing a finger at our current vampire obsession, three fingers are pointing back at me.
Last week, MURDER IN VEIN, my latest novel, was unleashed upon the world. And, yes, it’s a vampire novel. Specifically, it’s a vampire mystery novel. It’s not so much that I’m chasing a trend as an idea for something a little different chased me and wouldn’t let me go until I paid attention to it and turned it into a manuscript. You might say my fictional vampires had me by the neck.
I like to think of MURDER IN VEIN as a vampire novel for both people who like vampires and those who do not. My vampires do not fly or turn into bats. They can even walk around in daylight to some degree. Silver doesn’t harm them. Nor do crosses or holy water. In MURDER IN VEIN, they are creatures trying to live among the living peacefully and undetected. They are simply trying to live their lives like most of us, just for longer and with fewer meal selections.
Okay. Okay. You got me. I couldn’t go totally against typecasting. My vampires do have some special powers. They can be terrifying. They are generally well-to-do. And, yes, they can be very sexy.
Samuel La Croix, the head vampire of the California Vampire Council, invites you to pick up a copy of MURDER IN VEIN and visit with him and the rest of his friends. But don’t worry if you forget, he knows where you live and will be happy to deliver a copy … just in time for dinner.