C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp (aka Cat Adams) are the fantastic authors behind the bestselling Thrall series. I was lucky enough to score an interview with C.T. Adams on their new vampire series – Blood Song.
Can you tell us about your Blood Song series?
Celia Graves is a bodyguard operating in Santa Maria de Luna, California. She guards the rich and famous from preternatural threats and is quite successful—right up until a job turns out to be a set-up and she’s attacked by a master vampire and partially transformed. The change is traumatic but it gives her some specialized abilities. Unfortunately those same abilities make some folks believe she is a threat to humanity, and others think she’d be very useful in their plans. Celia has to fight her blood lust, learn how to handle her new abilities, and remain free and her own woman.
How do your books differ from other novels about vampires?
Well, vampires in this reality are truly considered monsters. They are hunted and killed. They are not romantic interests.
What inspired you to write the Blood Singer series?
I was at FenCon (a convention in Texas) and went in the dealer’s room looking for a gift. I saw a photograph. Looking at it, I just knew. It was one of those strange moments of inspiration. I knew who she was, how she got her fangs, what she felt about it. I had to (a) buy the photo, and (b) rush somewhere where I could write it down.
Do you feel that the world of vampire fiction could use more strong, ass-kicking females like your Celia?
Oh I think there are a few others out there. I’m not sure I want more competition. LOL.
Ok, here’s a question I ask all folks I interview: I’ve noticed that most of the authors I follow on Twitter talk about the music they’re currently writing to. What kind of setting/atmosphere do you find most conducive to your writing?
I have set up an office in my home, which is where I do my writing. I have reference books, and “touchstones” on the bookshelves (items that remind me of a particular character or event from the various books), file cabinets filled with ideas, contracts, tax information, research, and stuff from the business side of writing. It is a comfortable space, but pretty businesslike. Which is okay because I’m used to working in law offices where things are very “businessy.”
I saw that you also write about shapeshifters – who do you think would win in a fight between a werewolf and a vampire?
Depends on the individuals.
Who is your favorite fictitious vampire (other than your own)?
Please don’t make me choose! There are too many! (So many vampires, so little time? Even though they have eternity. I don’t.”
What is your favorite vampire book/movie/show?
I loved some seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I love the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake works are absolutely wonderful (my favorites are the earlier books). Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series aren’t vampire books per se, but they have vampires, and he is a perennial favorite of mine.
Tell our readers why they should check out your books – in 3 words: (bwahaha)
They kick ass.
And finally, what other projects are you currently working on? Any goodies we should watch out for?
Cathy is on deadline for book 4 in the series. Book 3 is coming in the spring. We have the Sazi series out, and the Thrall series as well (just to tide you over until the next book ;) ) We may have a couple of other surprises on the way. But if I told, well, they wouldn’t be surprises now would they? LOL.