With so many vampire novels out there, an author wonders what she can do to make hers stand out. When I was starting the REAL VAMPIRES Series, I let Glory St. Clair, the central character, tell the story. Now, as I see it, vampires were people first before they got their fangs. They are individuals with all the differences, quirks and hang-ups that humans everywhere have. I have no patience for a vamp stereotype. You know, the angry or violent and brooding character, consumed by blood-lust. When I created Glory, I started with a real woman I’d want to get to know, just as I hoped readers would want to get to know her, hopefully for a long series of books. When she was turned vampire, she got a new diet, but she’s still Glory, with a craving for cute shoes, hot guys and, unfortunately, chocolate.
Too bad Glory was bloating when her hunky Scottish hero turned her in 1604. Yep, she had some extra pounds just where she didn’t need them. Jeremy Blade, then known as a Campbell, liked his women with some curves. Now, more than four hundred years later, Glory’s stuck forever with that extra “junk in her trunk”. Jerry still doesn’t mind it, but he’s an ancient male. Readers seem to relate to Glory’s struggle to look good despite her figure flaws. They also understand her reluctance to tie herself to one man for eternity. And a sixteenth century male, which Jerry is, can be pretty controlling. The issues are the same when it comes to making a relationship work, even for vampires.
While really dark urban fantasy seems to rule the book shelves, the REAL VAMPIRES series is on the lighter side. It’s pretty obvious that I don’t take vampires terribly seriously. Yes, there is danger and mystery in every book, but there are also humorous moments, some wacky minor characters, and quite a few hot love scenes for Glory and readers to enjoy. Because, ancient or not, Glory has taken to modern ways with a vengeance. She owns her own business and is an independent woman who reserves the right to love where she wishes.
What makes the REAL VAMPIRES Series stand out? I have to say it’s Glory St. Clair herself. She’s a slightly chubby vampire with an appreciation for a hot guy and a habit of getting herself in and out of trouble. Book seven in the series, REAL VAMPIRES DON’T WEAR SIZE SIX, hits shelves today, August 2nd. Each book can stand alone, so don’t be afraid to jump in and try this one.
But what do you think? Do you like your vampires edgy or funny? Dark vampire romance seems to be very popular now. Any opinions on why? I’d love to hear from readers out there. Post here and one lucky poster will win a gift pack of the first three REAL VAMPIRES books along with a $20.00 gift card to the book store/vendor of his/her choice.
Gerry Bartlett is the author of seven novels in the Real Vampires series, which feature Glory St. Clair. Her latest novel in the series, Real Vampires Don't Wear A Size Six, will be released on August 2, 2011. For more information about Gerry and her Real Vampires series, please visit her official homepage, Gerry Bartlett.