How Wild Are The Authors of Vampires Gone Wild?
Which author went skinny dipping? Who tried to chop her husband’s head off with a sword? Here, the authors of Vampires Gone Wild ask each other some interesting questions about how wild they’ve been in real life:
Kim Falconer: Kerrelyn, the hero and heroine in V is for VampWoman did some wild things… What was the wildest situation you've ever been in? Has it found its way into any of your books?
Kerrelyn Sparks: My husband and I are almost as wild as Mikhail and Lady Pamela. On our honeymoon, we were on an island in the Caribbean, and one night we walked way down the beach to a spot that was deserted. We left our clothes behind some bushes and ran into the water. Whoopee! Unfortunately, another couple came along and sat on the beach and talked...and talked. We thought they'd never leave! We were trapped in the water up to our shoulders, waiting and waiting. Finally they left, and we made a mad dash back to our clothes!
That exact scenario hasn't happened to any of my characters, but I do enjoy putting them into embarrassing situations!
Now it’s Pam’s turn to answer a question.Pam, I know you tend to write on the dark side of paranormal. Does it ever cause you to have wild dreams?
Pamela Palmer: Great question, Kerrelyn! I've always had wild dreams, so I suspect they're more the fault of my wild imagination than my stories. I often have dreams that others might consider nightmares, but I call them my action-adventure dreams, and I love them. I'm often with others, trying to escape the bad guys--sometimes from a mansion, sometimes a castle, sometimes the Death Star. We don't always make it, but we never come to any harm, which is why I don't consider them nightmares. I awaken invigorated and ready to write!
And I have a question for you, Amanda. What's the wildest thing that you’ve ever done for a book?
Amanda Arista: I’ve always preached that you should write about what you know. For Diaries of an Urban Panther, the main character needed to shoot a gun, so I went to a gun range. In Claws and Effect, I needed to know about biker bars, so I went to a few around town, complete with tight jeans and a top I hop my mother never, ever finds.
For this story, the Vampires in my universe can only be killed by having their heads cut off by an iron sword, so all my vampires carry an iron sword. So, not to drop spoilers, but there is a sword fight in the story. Being a normal person, I don’t usually wield a sword, but like a normal person, I do have foam swords and a really great husband. So my husband and I choreographed the fight scenes so I could write about it. I'm sure the neighbors were trying to figure out why I kept asking "how hard would I have tohit you to chop off your head?" After a few bruises, we finally worked it out and voila, fight scene.
Now, Kim, what about you? Since the Vampire myth has been around for ages, there are certain 'stereotypes' about them: Anti-garlic, blood-suckers, and pretty wild in the sac (though this last one is pretty new). As a writer, what are some wildstereotypesyou have heardpeople sayabout being a paranormal writer? Which ones are wrong and which ones are completely dead on?
Kim Falconer: Wow, intriguing question, Amanda! There are some pretty wild ideas projected onto paranormal writers, such as they talk to the dead, they write in the nude, they live alone, with a black cat or a raven or a shape-shifting wolf . . . and my personal favorite, they only write what they ‘know’ when it comes to sex!
Any of these could be absolutely true for some authors (I actually do live alone with two black cats and a Torresian crow, no wolf) but the most common myth in the bunch is ‘we write what we know when it comes to sex.’ Ha! I wish. Writing sex for our genre isn't so much about past experiences, or anatomy, physiology, and the Kama Sutra, though a working knowledge helps. Whether good, bad, fast, slow, human, paranormal or bestial, sex is an intense experience that reveals deeper levels of character personality, and I promise you, paranormal writers use their wild imaginations there!
Pre-order your copy of Vampires Gone Wild and come walk on the wild side with Kerrelyn Sparks, Pamela Palmer, Amanda Arista and Kim Falconer!