Firstly – thanks for having me on your site today!
I don’t lie. Not because I’m Little Miss Perfect (or as a T-shirt I wore as a kid read: ‘Nobody’s Perfect’…then on the back, ‘My name’s Nobody’). But because I can’t lie. I mean I have a tongue. And lips… So physically I can. But I am so staggeringly bad at lying that I gave it up when I was tiny. It’s excruciating.
In Rebel Vampires my new fantasy series – both Blood Shackles and the first book in the series Blood Dragons – Light struggles with lies and conspiracies when he’s honest and loyal. And always keeps his promises. He’s an anti-hero, a rebel loner, who struggles in his redemptive journey to blood abstain, love and find family. But lying?
‘It’s our natural defence because either everyone must tell the truth or everyone must lie. Now I’d found myself in a land of falsehood and it was me with the serious design flaw.’
Blood Dragons (Rebel Vampires Volume 1)
Click here: http://viewbook.at/BloodDragons
Truth and lies: the ones we tell to others and ourselves. Society’s and humanity’s. Are central to Blood Shackles.
Who is the last person you hugged?
Easy this – my son. He doesn’t like it though – doing that teenage shrug of get off Mum… I’m a very huggy person. But I know the boundaries. Those bubbles we all have around us. Some people allow the single kiss. Others two. Some people go in for the full on hug. Others only the handshake, especially here in England… Sorry, stereotype alert.
The ability to have that though – the sensory touch and feel – is essential. To love and family. It’s one of the things, which is stripped from the Blood Lifers – like the layers of an onion – in Blood Shackles, when they’re reduced to slaves. The hunters become the hunted. Like Taken. But with vampires. Even down to their senses. To the ability to touch. Or feel.
That’s why the Blood Lifers fight back by finding their own families in their bondage. Their own ways to love. To feel. Because we gain our sense of home not from bricks and mortar but from that single hug. Even if your kids shrug your off!
What are you reading now?
The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Fantasy for grownups. Or kids, who have grown up… Like the best of urban fantasy, it looks at magic and sees how it would REALLY work in our world. Where people aren’t perfect. Where emotions are real. Where magic wands can’t fix everything. And it’s powerful because of it.
Rebel Vampires - even though there’s a hidden, paranormal world beneath our own – is still set emotionally very much in the real world. People (and vampires) make bad choices and mistakes. Because that’s life. Real life.
The daughter of the man, who has enslaved Light (Grayse) keeps him in one side of London. The human side. But Light’s London is the darker side. The side the tourists don’t see – and that’s when your eyes are truly open to the world.
‘Of course that suited me just fine because this was still your London. I wanted to explore its other face: the dark and the glory.’
Blood Shackles (Rebel Vampires Volume 2)
Click here: http://viewbook.at/BloodShackles
How do you come up with the titles to your books?
Two most important parts of a book? And I’m not counting the words because granted they’re the Soul… Book cover and title.
I find titles the hardest. Seriously. Blood, sweat and tears. I can’t decide on a title until after the book is fully planned out. Often until the book is entirely written.
With Rebel Vampires the titles get to the true heart of each book.
Blood – My vampires are called Blood Lifers. They’re a real species – the same as gorillas – or humans. Evolved alongside us, as the apex predator. But camouflaged and hidden. Up until now. They call humans First Lifers. They see being elected (or Authored) into Blood Life, as evolution.
The second word in each book in the series then gets to the heart of that book.
Blood Dragons – how they’re evolved and no, it’s not mythical dragons. The answer to this sets up the thriller plot, which threatens the world and survival of both species. Light has to risk his love and life to try and save them all – and redeem himself.
Blood Shackles – how the Blood Lifers have been defanged and enslaved. The why, how and the conspiracy behind it? You’ll have to read the book…
Share your dream cast for your book.
So dangerous. Creating a dream cast… The one rule of Writing Club? Don’t create a dream cast!
I like readers to be able to imagine the character however they want. So I’m only going to give one and if he doesn’t fit, feel free to rip the image up and fit your own in. So mine is for Light alone and he’s a mix of two actors from the 1950s and 1960s – Michael Caine when he was young (think Alfie), combined with James Dean of Rebel without a Cause. One gives the voice and attitude, the other the look. Although to finish it off I should add Marlon Brando in The Wild Ones for the leather and motorbike. Can I have all three? Although Light would object. There’s no one like him. He’s unique. ‘My name is Light.’
Blood Shackles is out now: http://viewbook.at/BloodShackles
Want to read Blood Dragons first? Click here: http://viewbook.at/BloodDragons