I was tagged by the amazing Charlie Cochet to participate in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, where authors share tidbits about their works in progress! Thanks, Charlie!

What is the working title of your book?

Master of Ghouls (SPECTR #2)

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Several years ago I had the idea for a vampire novel based on the old, pre-1800s folklore. In the old European traditions, vampires were dead bodies animated by demonic spirits (an idea Buffy the Vampire Slayer later revived with great success). The corpse might be de-possessed by cutting off the head, but the spirit itself was much harder to destroy and would simply move on to the next body. The easiest solution was to just make it impossible for the vampire to get out of the coffin: staking the body wasn’t a way of “killing” the vampire, but rather of pinning it in the grave so it couldn’t get out.

Vampire Skeleton

For example, this “vampire” skeleton uncovered by archaeologists in Bulgaria. Note the rusted iron stake meant to pin it in place.

Interesting idea, but as any author will tell you, ideas are the easy part. I had no story to go along with it. Then one day last summer, I wondered what would happen if the vampire spirit jumped into a body–just as it was being revived by CPR. Suddenly the vampire is stuck in a living body, along with the poor bastard who owned it in the first place. Throw in an exorcist and a “psychic FBI” type of government agency, and bam. Story.

What genre does your book fall under?

M/M paranormal romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

I have no clue. But this hottie would make a perfect Caleb/Gray (the possessed hottie and the vampire).

Yum

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

What happens when an exorcist falls in love with the demon he’s supposed to remove?

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

Self all the way, baby!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About three weeks.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre.

You know, I’m not really sure.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’m a sucker for a good possession story. Plus I love going back to old folklore and drawing inspiration from there. The Victorians cleaned up or altered so much, and it’s fun to delve back into the darker, more horrific tales of our more-distant ancestors.

What else about your book might interest the reader?

I write fairly explicit sex scenes. So there’s that!

Next week, December 26th, the blog hop rolls on with Skyla Dawn Cameron, Amanda Stone, and Athena Brady!


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