Guest feature with Victoria Embers

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.

My Vampire Lover series by Victora EmbersBio: Victoria is a stay-at-home mom and believes good romance should make you purr while good erotic fiction should make you scream, but in a good way of course. She embraces her love of vampires and the naughty situations they find themselves in by writing steamy hot romances, as a set of short stories, with a blend of paranormal romance and erotica featuring, you guessed it, vampires.

Hi, Victoria.  Can you tell us who you are and why you’ve chosen this genre?

Victoria: I’m a stay-at-home mom and I like writing stories about vampires, so I thought I’d get into sharing those stories online. When I decided to write ‘vampire erotica,’ it was a decision of saying the c**k word or dancing around it and just saying ‘member’ or ‘manhood.’ I realize my stories may not be for everyone, but it’s how I wanted to tell the story. I don’t see vampires being afraid of their sexuality and I wanted to write my stories as explicit and graphic as I think the scene needs to be told while also keeping it classy, tasteful, sensual, and fun.

I agree with you fully on that point.  What is it about vampires that you find captivating?

Victoria: Tall, dark, and mysterious. What’s not to like? You may be thinking that most people see vampires as monsters, but some women think of them as the bad boy they’d love to spend an evening with, and I’ve always been like that before it was cool to admit it.

When I started watching the HBO television show, True Blood and discovered I loved the actor who plays Eric Northman, I found other people who shared my interest. I started a fan site and now I talk to friends online who love vampires like I do.

Very cool indeed.  I think us vampire writers should have more of such fraternities.  So, let me ask you, what are you hoping to bring to the vampire legend that we haven’t seen before?

Victoria: I don’t know about that. I have no idea how many people will want to read my stories. I just want to write a good story that I like, and hopefully others will enjoy. I don’t have any grand aspirations of making my mark on the vampire legend.

Okay, so do you like any other writers in this genre?  Have any of them influenced you?

Victoria: No, I’m brand new to the erotica realm. I have a few friends who are writers and have supported me, but most are writing in genres other than erotica. Maybe my friend, Alexandra Anthony who writes a series called The Vampire Destiny may be one who has inspired me to write because she listens to all my ideas. Actually I haven’t read her books because I don’t want them to influence my writing. We talk online a lot about our writing ideas, so I know about her characters and what they are doing. I plan to read her books later after I’ve written a few more stories of my own.

That’s wonderful.  I have a particular interest in Alexandra’s books too and am hoping to have her here some time in the future.  So tell me, Victoria, do you have a favourite vampire book or movie?

Victoria: There’s too many to list. Probably “The Vampire Lestat” by Anne Rice. That’s the first book I read where I saw that the vampire could be cool and not scary. He could be attractive and irresistible to women. Movies. Probably Dracula 2000 and the Fright Night remake with Colin Farrell. Both actors bring a lot of sexual magnetism to the vampire character they play. I keep watching Fright Night over and over. I never thought Colin would make such a great vampire.

I have to admit to being a big fan of Mr Farrell’s myself.  He brings something extra to every part he plays.  And Gerard Butler for that matter too.  Okay, back to you.  Tell us something about your series.

Victoria: In the first instalment of this erotic short story series, Caroline, a werewolf and golden guardian of the realm, has discovered a new love in her vampire captor. She’s willing to risk everything, even her life, to prove to him she loves him and has forsaken all others including her family and her pack.

The next story I’m releasing later this month is called “Redemption (My Vampire Lover #2).” In it, we hear from the hero Raphael who is a vampire and prince to the realm. He faces a great challenge. After giving his blood to Caroline to drink, Raphael knows her life is hanging between life and death. Will she survive? And if so, what will she become being born as a werewolf pure blood? Raphael knows he must work fast to protect Caroline from his father discovering her existence while he also figures out how to save her.

I’m writing My Vampire Lover as a serialized series of short stories. With countless real life distractions, I have the attention span of a ferret. I have heard other Indie authors say that it is very tough to write a full 80,000 or 100,000 offering of an ebook. I learned recently that an ebook that size is called an Epic. That was too scary for me and too much pressure and I am a very impatient person when it comes to getting tasks done. So with that in mind, I thought releasing each story separately would be something I could accomplish, start small and build on it. I decided it would be better to put a story on Amazon than to wait and write a big book, possibly not ever finishing it. It may not be the smartest approach, but I’m writing and meeting new people. It’s been a wonderful adventure so far.

Perhaps I should have thought of this myself.  My two new ebooks are both over 125,000 words.  Staying on the subject of your series, if you were meeting someone for the very first time, what would you say to pique their interest in your work?

Victoria: I’d have to find out if they like vampires first and then if they like steamy stories about vampires, so I probably wouldn’t say anything to them about my writing. I’d ask them if they have kids instead. I’m a rather shy person and I find it’s easier to let people talk about themselves than for me to talk about myself unless they ask me something.

I would never have guessed that from your writing.  I have always believed vampires to be very erotic creatures, as mine are too. Was this at the forefront of your mind before beginning this series?

Victoria: Of course. Why else do you think I named the series, My Vampire Lover? But yes, I think of vampires as erotic. I can’t help it. I talk with my friends about what actors would play a great vampire in a movie. Writing has probably helped my obsession with vampires, and having an outlet to do something creative is really enjoyable.

And the fact you bring vampires and werewolves together…is this dictated by current trends?

Victoria: Maybe. I didn’t think of it that way when I decided to make the heroine a werewolf. However, I will say that in the first story she is bitten by her vampire lover, so it’s possible she won’t remain a werewolf. We shall see what happens as the story unfolds.

Yes indeed, I look forward to it.  And finally, Victoria, is there anything you would like to say to us or share before you go?

Victoria: Conquest (My Vampire Lover #1) is available for a free download at Smashwords if anyone is interested in checking it out after reading this interview. Here’s the link – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/256625

Thank you, Victoria.  I wish you every success with your series and will be following it myself with great interest.  For anyone interested in learning more about Victoria, this is where you can find her online…

 

2 comments

  • Catherine Wolffe December 10, 2012

    Thanks for having Victoria on your blog, Shane. I enjoyed the interview very much.

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  • Victoria Embers December 10, 2012

    Thanks for the opportunity to be on your blog, Shane. I really wasn’t expecting you to like Conquest, but I’m so glad you did!

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