Tell us about your book.
“The Vampire Code” is a New Adult Urban Fantasy Romance novel about a human lawyer who is hired to defend a vampire wrongly accused of murdering a human in a world where vampires are a social minority fighting for more legal rights. In the process, she of course gets into a ton of trouble and falls in love with the accused’s brother, another member of the leading vampire family of New York, the Fiscards.
Where did the idea come from?
I was watching a TV series which featured vampires who supposedly “lived in secret” and I remember thinking, “How is that even possible in this modern day of Facebook, high-tech airport security, social security numbers and the IRS? This sparked the idea that if there really were vampires, they should “come out”, you know… like gays before them… and would they be a social minority for some time? What would the legal implications be, especially in relation to property, if they don’t have identities? What about inheritance?
What’s the book’s opening line?
“Sebastian Fiscard couldn’t have been older than thirty five when he died. He sat across from me wearing a crisp white shirt over dark blue pants and an air of barely contained impatience.”
What do you most enjoy about writing?
Being with my characters, researching the world they live in. Plotting their home addresses on Google maps. That sort of thing.
Please share a writing tip you’ve found helpful.
Readers want a “powerful emotional experience.” If you can feel that when you’re writing, your readers are bound to feel it, too.
What interests you about vampires?
The fact that they live more than one lifespan, and the wisdom and maturity that should come with that. I cannot help thinking that if I could live that long, I’d be so much wiser and more “balanced” than I am today.
What distinguishes your book from the other vampire stories out there?
Treating vampires as a social minority is definitely a new take on vampires which readers should find refreshing.
What’s your day job? Does it influence your writing in any way?
I’m a lawyer by day and my heroine and narrator is a lawyer, so I’ve definitely drawn from my own experience when writing “The Vampire Code”. Just like my heroine Aurora, I used to work for a large firm, and I understand the pressure on newbies to pull long hours and treat every case as an opportunity to impress their seniors. Aurora is at that stage in her life where she’s ready to move from being a “nobody” to becoming a “somebody.”
What’s the best book you’ve ever read?
There can never be a “best,” as authors keep coming up with great books. But I will always have a favorite, and that’s “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. I studied it at school when I was a teenager, and it will always have a special place in my heart as for years I had a crush on Mr. Darcy. (I think I still do… shhhh!)
Who is your favorite fictional character? (Any medium)
I used to love Ally McBeal (TV series 1997-2002). I also have a soft-spot for Sookie Stackhouse from the Southern vampire Series.
If you could have one super-power, what would it be and why?
I wish I didn’t need to sleep because I’d get so much more than in one day! Besides my day job, I have three small children to look after. If I didn’t need to sleep, I’d cook better meals for my family at night, while everyone else slept. I’d read and review books as a hobby, and of course, I’d write more books.
What’s next for you?
My original plan was to publish book 2 in “The Vampire Code” Series for Christmas 2013 and a stand-alone about a cryogenically frozen woman who wakes up in the future over the summer. Now, I’m thinking of swapping the release dates of these two books. Problem is, I really want to write this stand-alone!
Where can people learn more about your work?
Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
I will not eat the same food for lunch and dinner on the same day. I refuse!