Claire C. Riley Feature

Claire-C.-RileyIt is author of the month time and my featured author for September is Claire C. Riley from Manchester in the UK. Claire veers over to the dark side with one vampire novel to date and now a zombie novel to follow it up with.


Claire C Riley, is a mother first, a wife second, but a writer at heart.

Her first novel, Limerence, is a dark paranormal romance for ages 17+ Claire likes to break boundaries with her writing, incorporating an old school style of horror and romance. Sexy and dark. (Think Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but for the 21st century!) Claire’s current novel is Odium. It is a dystopian post-apocalyptic zombie novel called, Odium, and it focuses on zombies, survival and how it would change us

She has also written a short story, which is a prequel top Odium called Life Ever After. Nina’s story: Part One. OdiumIt is in an anthology with some other great indie authors named Fusion. So if you enjoy Odium, go and pick up Fusion and get to know a little bit more about the main character.

She is currently working on the sequel to Limerence named Limerence II: Mia and a horror thriller novel titled Chance Encounters.

Claire is an avid reader of all genres, a book collector, general procrastinator and has a great zombie apocalypse plan in place thanks to a questionnaire she asked her readers to fill in for her.


Mia loves her fiancé Oliver, however after a chance encounter with his new employer Mr Breckt- the mysterious new owner of The Island, her thoughts are constantly consumed with the handsome and powerful stranger. LimerenceBut there is much more to her fixation of him than she realises.

Mr Breckt is a hundred year old vampire, and he isn’t used to being told no.

He could take her at any time, but his ego insists that she wants him of her own freewill. With his obsession spiralling out of control, he finds her body, her mind, and most importantly her blood continuously calling to him, and the more she fights him, the more he wants her. Could his own narcissism be his downfall?

Mia finds herself at the centre of a struggle that she can’t resist nor understand. Caught between life and death, hope and fear, love and lust. Ultimately, she will have to make a sacrifice that will affect everyone. But no matter what choices are made, Mia could still lose.

Limerence is a dark story of love, lust, and obsession.


1. Welcome to The Dracula Chronicles blog, Claire. Can you tell us who you are and why you’ve chosen this genre?

Claire: Well, I pretty much read ANY genre. Seriously, just check out my Goodreads bookshelves. I just love to read. However, when I write it always seems to have a darker edge to it. Horror; dark paranormal; zombies; dystopian, etc. They all have an element of romance to them though. I think that’s just my heart yearning for me to write a real romance story someday.

2. Who knows? Maybe two zombies could fall in love. What is it about vampires that you find so captivating?

Everything! I love old school vampires though, where they are dark, sexy and dangerous. Think Bram Stokers Dracula. I like their allure, charm, and the sexuality of them.

3. Oh I’m so with you on that one. It can only ever be old school vampires for me too. What are you hoping to bring then to the genre that we haven’t seen before?

Well, as with all my books, I’ve tried to go back to the roots of things. With Limerence, it’s old school vampires- dark, sexy, scary and dangerous (nothing sparkly in sight). With my new novel, Odium, I’ve taken zombies back to their roots. They are slow and shambling, not quick, and strong and clever. **shudder**

4. Yes, but after World War Z, I find the slow, meandering zombies a little on the boring side. Do you like any other vampire/horror writers? Have any of them influenced you?

There are a lot of horror writers that I enjoy actually. My main ones would be zombie horror writers though. TW Brown; Armand Rosamilia; Mark Tufo. I really liked the Charlaine Harris True Blood books too. They had a whole new quality to them, and reminded me of the good (bad) old vampires. I also love Eli Constant. She writes a mean scary book haha. And I would keep an eye out for J C Michael. His vampire/horror book, Discoredia, is… disturbingly good.

5. Do you have a favorite vampire novel or movie?

There are far too many in all honesty, but I really enjoyed 30 days of night. Now that was a good vampire film. And 28 days later is a great zombie film, but I can only just about make it through it because it scares me haha. I can’t watch 28 weeks later though, as it really does scare the crap out of me—those damn fast zombies again!

I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a really dark vampire novel, but I read the Chloe Hart series, Claiming The Vampire, and they were excellent. I also really enjoyed Dead Vampires Don’t Date by Kate Storm, which was a great little read too. It had some great humorous moments which I just loved. I’m currently reading Madeline Sheehan’s, The Holy Trinity series, which I’m really enjoying too.

6. Tell us something about your book.

Limerence is a dark paranormal romance. It’s not your typical vampire book. ‘Girl meets vampire and goes all blushy and wants to jump his bones’. It’s about fighting for someone no matter what the costs, and not giving in to temptation, when giving in is all you want to do.

7. If you were meeting someone for the very first time, what would you say to pique their interest in your work?

To be honest most people are intrigued when I say the names of my books. They always want to know what it means, so that kind of interests people straight off. Other than that, I would just say that it isn’t your typical vampire book, and there’s more twists and turns than on a carnival ride.

8. Do you feel it important to mix vampires and erotica or to use the sexual connection prevalent in vampire literature these days? If not, is that a road you’re looking to travel down at any time?

Honestly, I think it’s an overused concept. However, vampires are very sexual beings. That was always part of their skill and charm; their allure, I guess. The next step from YA always seems to jump straight to erotica—nothing wrong with that, it’s just an observation, and I read them as much as the next person so two thumbs up from me. Personally, I wrote Limerence with the idea of squeezing in between these two stereotypes. Hence, it’s a dark paranormal romance for ages 17+ There are sexual scenes, but nothing graphic, but it’s also far from YA.

9. If a movie was to be made from your books, who would you choose to play your main characters on-screen if you had the power to choose?

Aaaah, I’ve asked this question a couple of times on my own blog.

My answers were always a little different from the readers, but that’s okay. Whoever you visualize is good. Me personally, I have Tom Hardy as Mr. Breckt (he always plays such a magnificent bad guy!) Liam Hemsworth as Oliver; Evangeline Lilly as Mia; Emma Stone as Rachael; and Jonathon Rhys Meyers as Chris.

10. Thank you, Claire. Is there anything you would like to say to us or share before you go?

Two things really. Always try out new genres. You just never know when you will find something new that you like. A new author, a new genre that you previously dismissed. But try them all. Don’t just presume that you don’t like something. And also, whatever you do decide to buy and read, always try and leave a review. It’s so important for authors to get them. And remember that we’re only human. If you don’t like it, it’s totally fine to say that, but try and be tactful haha.

Thanks so much for having me here today. I really appreciate you taking the time to listen to me talk about my work and others that I enjoy. Feel free to contact me anytime.


Purchase links for Limerence:

  • eBOOK (USA) | (UK)
  • It is also up for free loan for KDP Select members.

1 comment

  • Claire c riley October 5, 2013

    Thanks so much Shane. Can’t wait to check out some of your work.


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