Interview on “Lovely Reads”

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Have an interview posted on the blog “Lovely Reads” for my book duology The Vampire Noctuaries. Here’s a highlight…
 
What made you start The Vampire Noctuaries?
The thing I need to emphasize about The Gothic Rainbow: Beginning Volume of the Vampire Noctuaries and Annwn’s Maelstrom Festival: Concluding Volume of the Vampire Noctuaries, the two books of The Vampire Noctuaries duology, is that they were started 20 years ago. The characters were created in 1991. The entire story was outlined in 1993 and the first book came out in 1997. I want to make that clear, because I don’t want people to presume this is just another vampire series latching onto the latest trends of the publishing industry. When this series was created, there were no vampire trends. Bram Stoker and Anne Rice were the only huge vampire novels out there. Heck, not even the Kristy Swanson version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer existed, back when my characters were invented! That movie came out in 1992. In fact, this story was published 6 years before Stephanie Meyer even thought of Twilight and is influenced more by the vibe of James O’Barr’s original The Crow graphic novel than by starcrossed children of the night. The story of The Vampire Noctuaries actually began as a campaign for Vampire: The Masquerade role-playing game. The novel doesn’t contain any references to the game whatsoever, but the process of gamemastering that campaign was where I discovered the characters and the story. I just thought, with all the “powerful vampire” clichés out there, what if a really powerful vampire was not as powerful as he thought? What if he was being manipulated and used for a more sinister purpose? The story kind of evolved from there. Simple concept. No werewolves. No vampire hunters. No love triangles. No wars between vampire clans. Just a very personal story of betrayal and heartache. Readers can relate to that a lot better than “we must find the elder vampire!”
 
Check out the entire article at:
http://serenityslovelyreads.blogspot.com/2013/07/interview-with-author-eric-muss-barnes.html