Ally Thomas is the author of the Vampire from Hell series, and Shane is the featured author on her blog.

What were the challenges (research, psychological and logistical) in bringing it to life?

Well, as a lover of history my biggest fear was to make an error with my historical content and be pulled up on it by an expert in the field. Therefore, I have had to be meticulous with my preparation to ensure I got it right. And then to maintain historical accuracy around my premise threw a few obstacles my way that I had to negotiate. I also wanted to create a fresh Dracula legend that lovers of vampire lore would like and admire and that was uppermost in my mind as I put this project together.

Read the rest on Ally Thomas’ blog

Victoria Embers, author of the My Vampire Lover series interviews Shane O Neill about his Dracula Chronicle series.

How did you come up with the title?

I needed a title that was relevant to a vampire novel. And because it is Lucifer that makes Dracula immortal, binding them together through the act, I thought Bound By Blood would be perfect.

Read the rest of the interview on Victoria’s blog.

Victoria was also last months guest author. Be sure to read the Interview if you missed it.

Short and concise interview with Shane O Neill on Lisa Corelli’s Magic of Words Blog.

What kind of advice would you give to young people who want to become writers?

I would say several things. Firstly, believe in yourself always. Do not let the negativity and jealousy of others deter you from your goals and your belief in yourself as a writer. You will encounter such people, even from those you call close friends. Do not let it sway you. Dismiss it for what it is and continue on your journey.

I would also advise to never rush your book or the publication of it, especially if you are going it alone. Even if it takes you years, make sure your work is as good as it can possibly be and follow all the correct processes to ensure that is the case. And be professional always.

Read the rest on the Magic of Words blog

Travis LuedkeI’m back after a brief hiatus and am beginning 2013 with the January interview. This time out I’m featuring a buddy of mine, Travis Luedke, another very exciting writer in the vampire genre.

Travis is the creator of a new vampire series, Nightlife. It follows the lives of a vampire couple as they move from one city to another around the world. I read the first of the series Nightlife: New York over the Christmas holiday and was very highly impressed.

Vampires, strippers, escorts, night clubs, gangs, pimps and corrupt cops, the Nightlife of New York is never boring.

Is she a beautiful blond guardian angel as he imagined, or something else entirely? When Michelle saves Aaron’s life she shares the benefits of her blood (after getting him shot accidentally). He awakes a changed man, living in a purgatory of eternal night, never to see the sunrise again.

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There’s a new interview on The Avid Reader blog. You’ll have to scroll down a bit, it appears after the excerpt of Chapter 1 from Bound by Blood.

The Avid Reader: When or at what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Shane KP O’Neill: At a very early age. It is what I have always wanted to do.

The Avid Reader: What is the earliest age you remember reading your first book?

Shane KP O’Neill: When I was 6 years old my mother bought me a set of encyclopaedias for Christmas. I read them all within a couple of months. That is my first memory of reading a whole book, and there were 20 or so of those.

Read the rest here

Dorothy Dreyer of We Do Write interviews Dracula Chronicles uthor Shane KP O Neill.

How did the idea of the story come to you?

I have always wanted to write a book or series about Dracula, but I wanted to write about the real Dracula as well as the mythical one. To achieve this successfully I knew I would have to do something new and different to what has gone before. The first book I wrote, Reckoning Day, is now #6 in the series. Originally, in that story, I would go back in time after every third chapter to the 15th Century and Dracula the vampire. Then I decided to include the real historical Dracula in my concept and the series evolved from there as more book became necessary to fit in with my concept.

Read the rest here

There’s a new interview over on Mad About Books Facebook page.

Tell us about your books..

My books are The Dracula Chronicles. They are quite epic in scope and in all, the series will come in 8 Chronicles, which will amount to well over a dozen books, with a few prequels thrown in too. I have just released Chronicle 3 Bound By Blood to give my readers the vampire first, but had to split it into two volumes because the book was far too big for just one.

Read the rest here

Due to a lack of time I will be posting an excerpt from Bound By Blood – Volume 1 on my blog today.  Dracula has just suffered his mortal death at the hands of Lucifer and made the transition from human to vampire.  Now he turns his attention to his people outside where they are praying for him.

You can download more excerpts from Bound by Blood here.

1476 – CHAPTER ONE

Wallachia.  December 1476.  The chapel at Snagov.

Dracula pulled open the door of the chapel.  Relishing his new found strength he ripped it clean off its hinges. He strode out into the night.  All eyes fell on him.  He glared at his people with real menace. They were on their knees in the cold and the rain praying for the repose of his soul.

He laughed at the irony of it. The heady aroma of blood filled his nostrils. The blood of his people. It almost overwhelmed him. He felt the vibration of it in the ground beneath his feet as it pumped through their veins.

The smell of the blood of the dead reached him too. It was a repugnant scent. He realised then that only the blood of the living could satisfy his thirst. That was the price of immortal life. Lucifer warned him if he did not drink he would die. In taking Gabrul he realised that to drink he would have to kill.

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Victoria Embers Author of My Vampire Lover SeriesOn the second Monday of every month I’ve decided I’m going to feature and interview another Independent author from the horror genre, with a particular bias towards those that write about vampires.  For my December guest I’m delighted to welcome Victoria Embers to the Dracula Chronicles vampire and horror blog.

Victoria has embarked on a new series called My Vampire Lover.  I read the first instalment, Conquest, the other day.  It was a short, but insightful glimpse of what is to come.  The imagery was vivid and powerful and to my liking.  Even though I’m not a fan of vampires and werewolves together, perhaps because this offering is much more adult in content, it was a lot more acceptable to me personally than that which Hollywood has been throwing at us for years.  It will be interesting to see what Victoria follows this opening salvo with.  Part 2, Redemption, is coming soon.

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My good friend, Carol Bond, came to me last week and asked if I’d like to participate in a Blog Hop entitled, The Next Big Thing.  For that I’d like to thank her and invite you to check out her very own blog at http://www.theunseenpromise.blogspot.com.au/

Her books, The Tarkeenia Sagas, are coming next year.  I’ll be one of many looking out for and looking forward to those.

The Blog Hop requires me to answer 10 questions about my own recent release, Bound By Blood, which is available in two volumes from Amazon.  All titles can be found there.

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With Bound By Blood finally coming out this weekend past, I felt it a fitting time to express my thoughts and feelings on the book, as it is now and while writing it.  Owing to its size I have had to split it into two volumes, but both are available as I write, so the wait is over.

I had so much fun writing this book.  I wrote the first chapters back in November 1992, but didn’t touch it again until September 2006.  With a complete re-write of the original and an extra seventy chapters of the new, Bound By Blood, is a finished product at last.

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On December 2nd I was interviewed by Books Direct about Bound By Blood

What sparked the idea for this book?
I have had a long-standing love affair with Dracula and have always wanted to create something new with him.  Dracula is one of the best-known names in the modern culture of the western world, but despite this I have wanted to take him one step further.  The idea for my series has been with me a very long time and evolved as I wrote.  I wanted to write about Dracula the man and Dracula the vampire and built a premise where I could accommodate the two.

Read the full interview on the Books Direct site.

On November 29th, I was interviewed by Lindsay Avalon, author of the paranormal romance novel Breaking the Nexus.

What has been the hardest scene for you to write? 

I am not really sure if there was an actual scene that was difficult to write. The hardest part probably of writing a novel that is an historical adventure is actually incorporating historical narrative without sending the reader to sleep. For me, no historical content is boring, but that may not be true for everyone. Sometimes I can use dialogue to deliver this, but it is not always possible to do so and on occasion narrative cannot be avoided. This is what I find hardest to write in my books.

Read the full interview on Lindsay’s Blog.

Have you read the book? Why not leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads, I’d love to know what you think.

What a great start to what I’m expecting to be a great series. The Birth of a Monster is a action filled account of Vlad Dracula the man and the world altering events, which culminate in his demise and resurrection. I loved his depictions of the paranormal element in the less than thirty page read. Shane has done a great job of setting the stage for the coming attraction, The Blood Chronicles, Bound by Blood. Can’t wait to get my copy of this one!

The Dracula Chronicles: Birth of the Monster, is exactly what the title promises it is. It’s the origin story of O’Neill’s take on the Dracula story. Before I read this, I was convinced vampire stories were done and that the market was saturated without room for another “Twilight”. This is no Twilight. The Dracula Chronicles is unique in the world of vampire stories in several ways. It is clear that a great deal of time went into carefully researching the mythology then crafting it into a clever premise. It’s well written. The characters are complex. The story is immediately compelling.

This is only a small sample, but it is a strong foundation on to which a solid series can be built. Do know when downloading Birth of the Monster you are getting the opening chapter as a sample. But it is a clever tease. There is just enough to leave me wanting more.

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In the early hours of Saturday morning, December 1st, the official launch for Bound By Blood took place on Facebook.

It was a really fun event with a great turnout. There was music, discussions and competitions where a lucky few were able to win copies of the book.

You can see what happened by visiting the Facebook Event Page, as well as finding out what people suggested when asked: ‘If there were a film adaption of Bound By Blood, who would you cast as Dracula?’ 

What do you think, do you agree with the suggestions?

Thanks for those who took part in the event, I hope you enjoyed it.

I’ll be appearing on blogtalkradio talking about the Dracula Chronicles.

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