On top of running the awesome site Vampchix, Michele Hauf is also the author of some damn sexy vampire novels. I recently chatted with Michele about vampires, writing and her new book “Her Vampire Husband.”
I’m not really sure what initially started me on them. I have always told stories in my head, and after my son was born (19 yrs ago) and I was on maternity leave, I decided to maybe try type up one of those stories. I happened to have a vampire in it. Not long after that, I picked up The Vampire Lestat, and also the remake of the Dark Shadows was playing on TV. So those two influences sort of broadened and cemented the spark of interest I had in vampires.
What do you consider to be the key elements of a great vampire story?
Blood, sex, adventure. :-) You’ve gotta have the bite, or rather the need to bite for survival. It is what makes a vampire a vampire. Sex is always good, and pretty much belongs in a romance. And I love adventure. I need my characters to be doing things, experiencing the world, coming up against forces of evil and all that jazz.
What is your new novel “Her Vampire Husband” about?
It’s an arranged marriage story. I wanted to put together two individuals who would not normally appeal to one another and then stand back and see what happened between them. At the same time, the worlds they inhabit are warring against one another, so there is this heightened need to sink or swim, and they learn that by joining forces they can stand against what threatens them most.
Ok, here’s a question I ask all authors I interview (I’m a music junkie): 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?
First, I included a soundtrack list at the back of the book, because I tend to have theme songs for characters and even scenes. So if you’re interested, do page to the back and check that out. I get a lot of inspiration from music but I can’t actually write new pages with music playing. I need quiet. For editing I’ll crank the tunes, and it’s usually a very eclectic mix. Anything from Metallica and Disturbed to Adam Ant and Adam Lambert. Point of Grace and Def Leppard, to Korn and flamenco stuff.
If you had to choose between a vampire or a werewolf lover, which would you choose and why?
Hmm, I’m partial to vamps, but not so much about the bitey stuff. And werewolves (at least in my world) are fiercely protective and can be rather playful lovers, so I would probably go for one of them (though the hairy stuff might turn me off). :-)
Who’s your favorite fictitious vampire (other than your own)?
I’ve always adored the brat prince, Lestat. But let’s see, if he were standing aside Spike? Hmm… No, I still think I’d go with Lestat.
Women seem to feel especially attracted to vampires, why?
I think the romance novels have crafted the vampire as this attainable, dark, seductive creature that will slink into your life on a shadow and seduce you to take his bite that will offer you glamour, adoration and everlasting life. How can you not be attracted to that?
What attracts me is the potential history the vampire could be carrying with him. I go for the older guys, at least a few centuries old. How cool would it be to have a conversation with a man who has walked through history?
And finally, what other projects are you currently working on? Any goodies we should watch out for?
Right now I’m finishing up SEDUCING THE VAMPIRE, which will be out in Jan 2011. This is another look at werewolves and vampires in the same world I always write in, but it will be set in the 18th century (most of the story, that is; some is modern). And after that I’ve a story about a vampire who was raised in Faery, which I can’t wait to get started because that one will be fun.
In June ‘10 watch for a new series, Of Angels and Demons, which explores those two characters in my world. The angels are not necessarily the good guys, nor are the demons bad. And there are vampires, too. Vamps just seem to pop up everywhere!
And if you’re totally not into the paranormal and just want a fun action/adventure story, I write for the Rogue Angel series (Alex Archer pseudonym), and have a new one in that series out in May, THE BONE CONJURER. So check that out!