Exclusive Interview with Lisa V. Proulx
I’ve got a treat for you Dear Readers – an interview! I had the pleasure of chatting with Lisa V. Proulx, author of the vampire novel Puncture, on her book, her thoughts on vampires and more. Check it out!
Can you tell us a little about your book Puncture?
Puncture is the hauntingly beautiful tale of vampire love and betrayal between a mortal and an undead. Craving a taste for the dark side, Veronica gets more than she bargained for when she is seduced by Victor, an evil and dangerous vampire. His obsession with her runs her off the road to Heaven and soon she too will turn her back on righteousness.
Longing to be mortal again and trapped in the darkness of an immortal life, she struggles with knowing right from wrong, Heaven from Hell, and love from hate. But when she discovers the truth about her dark prince, will it be too late? Will her new vampire friend help her destroy the only man she has ever loved? And why is he so willing to help her destroy him?
You will fall in love with the innocent Veronica and her search for love, feel her joy at rekindling an old flame and die with her as the love of her life becomes her murderer.
Victor is a charming but wicked vampire who could compel a corpse on the gallows to speak. We follow him as he preys on Veronica, senses her weakness and watch as he pounces on her and destroys her with just…one…puncture.
Every woman knows a man like Victor...
How does Puncture differ from other novels about vampires?
Because it really masks a story of domestic abuse. If you think about it, every woman knows a man like Victor. An emotional vampire who sucks the life out of you. Puncture deals with the very real issue of a woman who is so in love with a man that she is willing to trade her life for hers. In return, he controls her and uses her for his own gain. Many women are living that life right now.
What inspired you to write about vampires?
I had always been drawn to them in books and movies. I had been living with a man who was an emotional vampire and he is the inspiration behind Victor. He made me so angry one night when I thought he was cheating on me, that I chose to write about him rather than to kill him. :)
What is one thing you would like people to take away from their experience of reading Puncture?
That it is a story of domestic abuse and when a woman meets a man like Victor, she needs to run like hell. A woman will pick a man based on HER self-esteem. She must be on her own for awhile until she knows who she is, what she will tolerate and what she won't. When she truly likes herself and can love who she is as a woman, only then, can she find true happiness with a man.
Vampires are often found in romance novels and erotica, why do you think readers find them so sexy?
Because of their power of seduction. Although most women may not admit it, they like the idea of a powerful and beautiful man overtaking them and having their way with them. They enjoy the feeling of getting lost in a man's arms and the feeling that they are his, even for the moment.
Who’s your favorite fictitious vampire (other than your own)?
I enjoyed Lestat from "Interview with the Vampire" by Anne Rice. I liked the rock star quality he brought to the role; Sexy, arrogant and wicked.
I also like Louie from the same movie. A lost and beautiful soul.
What is your favorite vampire book, movie and/or show?
My favorite vampire book is "Covenant with the Vampire" by my favorite author Jeanne Kalogridis.
Tell our readers why they should check out your book - in 3 words: (bwahaha)
You'll LOVE it!
And finally, what other projects are you currently working on? Any goodies we should watch out for?
I write other stories beside horror novels and my next book is actually a non-fiction called "The Rainbow Won't Wait" which is "a dying mother's advice to an obstinate daughter she is leaving behind." I wrote the book after losing my mother in 2006. It is filled with advice and stories of her life and how her words of wisdom got me through the darkest days of my life. How I spent three years in a crippling suicidal depression and became a better person after I got through the darkness.
I still write horror and my next novel is set back in 1800's London and is about a child vampire.