Exclusive Interview with R.M. Garcia
R.M. Garcia is the author of The Foundlings, a new vampire novel that tells the tale of unwanted vampires hiding from their own kind for fear of death. I was lucky enough to chat with him on his book and much more. Check it out.
Can you tell us a little about your book The Foundlings?
In many ways the base story will be familiar, boys meets girl, they get together and then, vampires! Where the story differs is in the delivery and the vampires’ very reason to exist. I have added a richness to the story that readers are bound to love.
How does The Foundlings differ from other novels about vampires?
Most movies and novels never give vampires a reason why vampires exist. The Foundlings explains why, and you’re not going to like it. Also ever since Underworld there has been a shift towards including werewolves in every vampire story. I don’t mind that, but I do think that Vampires are strong enough to carry a story without the furry ones. So no werewolves in this book.
What inspired you to write about vampires?
Interview with the vampire, The Lost Boys, and a slew of other movies, which then led me to start reading when I couldn’t get enough. I have always loved vampires. I wrote The Foundlings short story for English class in High School and years later turned it into a full scale book. I got an “A” by the way :)
What is one thing you would like people to take away from their experience of reading The Foundlings?
MORE!, I want my readers to want more. I poured everything into the story, and as a writer, I get an immense sense of satisfaction when someone asks me when is the next book coming, or what’s next? Mainly I want the reader to feel part of the story as if they were right there in the story next to the main characters.
If vampires were discovered to exist today, do you think our society would accept them or try to destroy them?
That is a tough question, if it happened 20 years ago, I would say yes, but after 9-11, I don’t think the world would be ready.
Who’s your favorite fictitious vampire (other than your own)?
Louis de Pointe du Lac, or Brad Pitt’s character in interview with the Vampire, but a close second would be Spike from Buffy/Angel TV shows.
What is your favorite vampire book, movie and/or show?
Movie: The Lost Boys.
Book: Interview with the Vampire
TV Show: Its a three way tie. They each inspired me as I watched them at three different points in my life: Dark Shadows, Forever Knight and Angel.
Tell our readers why they should check out your book – in 3 words: (bwahaha)
Wow that really is a tough one! OK here goes “It’s not Twilight” Not that there is anything wrong with the series I respect Stephanie Meyer’s unique take on vampires, but vampire fans are split down the middle, they either love or hate the series. I have seen a lot of new stories out there trying to capitalize on the series’ success by trying to be the “next” Twilight. Readers will find that my story is vastly different, but still has that true vampire feel we fans all love.
And finally, what other projects are you currently working on? Any goodies we should watch out for?
I am writing the Foundlings as a trilogy. I will start on Book 2, in November of this year. In the mean time I have written six “hidden chapters” that were not included in the book. I am releasing them once a month on my BLOG. Readers who may be interested in picking up the book can get a sneak peek at my writing style and see if it makes your fangs pop out. The BLOG is freely available on my website at www.thefoundlings.com. Aside from that I am working on a couple of other solo book projects, a spy drama tentatively named Seven, and a Sci-fi comedy tentatively titled The Lab.
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).