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October 16, 2012

Guest Post By Jessica L.Degarmo

Welcome Jessica L Degarmo to vampandstuff  To talk about her fabulous book blood lust,

My vampires Don’t Sparkle by  Jessica L. Degarmo

I think I’ve always been fascinated with vampires, simply because I’m afraid of death. Yeah, I’m a wimp. But think about it this way. Vampires get to live forever. They’ve got it made, not counting the whole feeding on human blood and being condemned to be night owls thing.

When my publisher and I had a conversation about genre, what sells and what doesn’t,  obviously vamp lit came up, and I jokingly said, “I should write a vampire novel.” Well, I had been joking, but she wasn’t. She said, “Yeah! You should do that! You’d be good at it!”

I said, “Sure, ok, I’ll do it. How’s Halloween sound?” She was thrilled and I started thinking about the book and what I could create. I tried very hard to be fresh and original, as there’s so much out there already, and I didn’t want to do the same tired old thing.  And I wanted my vampires to be true to life, but unique.

My vampires don’t sparkle. They don’t drink animal blood and try to do the humane thing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I think it’s important for readers to relate to the characters they read about, and infusing humanity into supposedly soulless characters is quite the feat. And I applaud anyone who manages to pull it off.

But what I wanted to do is make my vampires characters that my readers will relate to in spite of or because of their flaws. Drinking human blood and committing murder and mayhem would be considered flaws, right? My vamps do all that and more. They’re not necessarily the good guys, but I hope I was able to create sympathy for them despite those vamp characteristics.

Nexess was a refreshing character for me to write, because I removed my self-imposed limitations. I normally write romance, feel-good books with deep meanings and characters readers may ache for. This isn’t, I think I can say with a great deal of certainty, a feel-good story. It’s dark, edgy, gory, and downright violent. But it was fun to write. I let myself go and instead of worrying what people would think about me when they read it, I worried whether the actions of the characters rang true for them, not me. It was amazingly cathartic!

This little project has turned into a planned trilogy, and I’m hard at work on Wanderlust, the sequel to Blood Lust, due out in 2013. I hope you enjoy my story. I’ve really enjoyed telling it!

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