Why I Write about Vampires by J.D. Brown

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Why I Write About Vampires
One of the most common questions I get is “why do you continue to write about vampires when then market is already saturated with them?”

Well, to speak plainly, I love vampires. When I first started writing Dark Heirloom, I was, in my mind, just writing about what I loved. I wanted a vampire heroine. I wanted to dive into their nocturnal world, taste the blood on their lips, and imagine for a moment what their immortal lives might be like—without the broody human love triangle slowing things down.

But when I think about it…I see no reason why any author couldn’t write about vampires if they wanted. Vampires are so versatile. They can be anything.

I knew, starting out, that my vampires would have to be different from the usual mold. I knew readers would only take so many Edwards and Damons before they got bored. So I turned away from the pop culture and dug into the real mythology—the stories written by our ancestors—and found my vampires there.

The cool thing about vampire mythology is it exists all over the world, just like stories of the apocalypse. The general rule seems to be that they all feed on some human life force…but there are different types, different traits, different ways of fending them off and killing them.

Sanguine Vampires are the most popular, the ones we see and hear about in most all fiction today. They are your blood drinkers.

Psi Vampires feed off human energy (or Chi), memories, and thoughts.

Empathic Vampires feed of strong emotions like love, anger, and jealousy.

Soul Vampires feed on human souls and must always choose between killing its victim or turning it, since humans cannot live without a soul.

Dreamscape Vampires appear in their victims’ dreams and attack them there. Though the vampire never physically touches the victim, the resulting feelings and effects are present after the victim wakes up (if they don’t die in their sleep).

There are many others and just as many different ways of categorizing them (for example, some chose to categorize vampires by how they may be killed). Some have different special powers and abilities as well—outside the usual preternatural strength and longevity. This was one aspect that drew my attention and I decided to give my vampires those powers. Shapeshifting, magic, necromancy, alchemy, clairvoyance, the ability to walk up walls or move in other strange ways. You’ll find most vampire myths limit them to one or two of those abilities. But I thought “What if there was a vampire who could do all of them? What if these powers could be passed on genetically? Being alive—or undead—as long as they are, things are bound to mix at some point.”

And suddenly Ema Marx was born.

6_10 darkheirloom_200x300“You’re a vampire” is so not what Ema Marx wants to hear when she wakes from a two-day coma in a cryptic yet exquisite castle in northern Finland. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like why she’s able to see in the dark and walk through solid objects. What she doesn’t understand is why the other vampires expect her to have all the answers. It’s their fault she turned into one of them…right?

Jalmari’s hatred for his old-man intensifies when he’s ordered to bring that troublesome girl to their castle. He has a clan to run, there’s no time for babysitting newborn vampires no matter how they were converted to their culture. But when a two-thousand-year-old premonition threatens to take the crown and his life, Jalmari sees no other choice than to take out the catalyst. Ema Marx. Fortunately for Ema, she could also be the clan’s only savior.

The race to figure out her vampiric origins is on. And maybe she’ll get the hang of the blood-drinking gig along the way…

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Ema Marx wishes her life would go back to normal, but there’s nothing normal about being a Romani-Vampyre with an ancestor who wants you dead. Apollyon is back, wreaking havoc on the lives of everyone she cares about while plotting her demise.

Ema thought she would find a new best friend in her trainer, Bridget, until the exotic vampire vies for Jesu’s attention. Jesu can date who he wants, right? Ema has more important things to worry about, like honing her powers. When Apollyon’s thugs appear out of the shadows to attack her, Ema knows it’s time to take action. But everyone else has other plans in mind.

One thing is for certain, being under house arrest in the German vampyre king’s castle was not part of her plan to save the day.


About the Author:6_10 Author Pic 2012J.D. Brown writes Urban Fantasy for MuseItUp Publishing, as well as a monthly “how-to” newsletter column for PDMI Freelance Publishing. She graduated from The International Academy of Design and Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts and currently lives in Wisconsin with her two Pomeranians. J.D. loves paranormal characters; from vampires and werewolves, demons and angels, to witches and ghost. She is a self-proclaimed expert in vampire and Greek mythology. Her writings are often a combination of suspense and romance. J.D. enjoys helping her fellow writers and interacting with her fans and leads an active life on the web.

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