Book 1 in the Suckers Trilogy
Living Like A Vampire is the paranormal, vampire story of Kate, a young woman not looking for love but literally bumping into it.
The story begins when Kate, a brand new science teacher who just started her career in an idyllic country town in Maine, US, and her colleagues, Sue and Charlie, flee from their hometown to escape the coming of ‘suckers’; photo-phobic, blood-sucking people infected with the Succedaneum virus. The three of them flee to a campground in the country and hope to sit out the danger under the radar there. They think they are safe.
Then things go wrong. Very wrong.
Join Kate as she tries to stay alive in an apocalyptic world, as she struggles to make sense of feelings of love for a perfect stranger, as she tries to deal with amorous advances of a good friend she doesn’t want to lose, and as she deals with the betrayal of a family member.
Will Kate be lured to the dark side?
Some reviews received for Living Like A Vampire:
“This is an insanely exciting read!!”
“If you have an itch for a great paranormal read, pick up Suckers today.”
“This story was easy to get engrossed in, lots of action.”
“There’s a clever twist at the end, worth reading for.”
“It was hard to stop reading. I liked the short chapters which made it easy to read just one more chapter.”
“A damn good tale of vampires, with plenty to get your teeth into.”
“If you like a good adventure story with a gentle, humorous romance do consider this well-written book.”
“If you enjoy a wacky trio of characters making light of the apocalypse as they struggle to survive, and the horrors that await them, then give this book a read.”
“I’m hoping there’s a second book!”
Author’s note on Living Like A Vampire:
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 (cliché, I know!). 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 had never dreamed of writing a novel, so it surprised me to find out it gave me an enormous buzz to write about the emotional turmoil my main character was getting into.
As I had no idea about story plotting, I began writing it 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. 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 seems to come naturally to me. There was the odd occasion when 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 🙂 . Caleb, love interest #1, was always Ioan Gruffudd for me. I loved watching him as Horatio Hornblower.
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).