Book 1 in the Suckers Trilogy
Living Like A Vampire, Book 1 in the Suckers Trilogy, is the story of Kate, a brand new science teacher who just started her career in an idyllic country town in Maine, US. Her picture-perfect life is destroyed when there is a virus outbreak that turns people into photo-phobic, blood-sucking killers. Kate and her friends, Sue and Charlie, flee their hometown to survive. They hide at a campground and think they are safe.
Then things go wrong. Very wrong.
Kate is thrown into emotional turmoil, action, and suspense. To top it all off, she falls in love with one of the suckers.
Will love win her over to the dark side?
I wrote this novel within two weeks in August 2015. I had dreamed about a girl bumping into a vampire and instantly falling in love with him. My kids encouraged me to write it down and I didn’t leave the computer for fourteen days! English isn’t my first language, and I never dreamed of writing a novel, so it surprised me to find out the enormous buzz it gave me to write about the emotional turmoil my main character was getting into.
I began writing the story about halfway. This made it very hard to get it into one that was flowing from beginning to end. I wrote, edited, re-wrote and re-edited many times (and I think I may do it again 😀 ). At first, I had the story in present tense, but that proved to be difficult as I couldn’t express everything I wanted to. The story has always been in the first person, told by Kate, as this seemed to come naturally to me. There was the odd occasion that I wanted to write what others were doing, but as Kate would have no way of knowing about these actions, I had to rewrite those parts. No big deal 😀 .
I had added Charlie as a comic relief. However, writing about his relationship with Kate was so much more interesting than the main love interest that he became love interest #2. The fact that he is a dwarf only made it more challenging and interesting. During my writing, he morphed into Peter Dinklage in my head, but he didn’t start out as him. I don’t know any dwarfs personally and I love Game of Thrones, so hence the obvious association. I actually sent Peter Dinklage the un-proofread version (stupid!) but never heard anything back (surprise, surprise). If he ever had the time to read it while filming GoT (season 6) in Ireland, he was very likely horrified by my poor writing skills as they were as good as non-existent at the time.
I didn’t think about a ‘message’ while writing the story. No hidden agendas about feminism or anything. Kate is pretty much an average girl who has a crush on a guy and finds out the hard way that life isn’t always what it seems and that nothing ever goes as planned. She does take matters into her own hands toward the end of the book, but only out of love. Don’t we all do things in the name of love?
Living Like A Vampire is a story of puppy love, misguided love, suppressed love, rejected love, and newly found love, in other words: a love story. But it also has action, horror (just a little bit), suspense, and humor in it (my kind of humor so you may not think it funny at all. Sorry if I disappoint you).
I had a problem putting the right genre to it with all these things happening in the story. I would call it a romantic thriller, but as that category doesn’t exist on Amazon, I had to call it a paranormal romance (even though there is no real paranormal stuff happening). If you compare it to World War Z, you’d call it an urban fantasy. When you’ve read it, please let me know what category you think it should be under 😀 .