Bloodthirsty, the debut novel by author Flynn Meany, tells the tale of sixteen-year-old Finbar, an awkward kid that goes unnoticed by most people. But that all changes when he decides to pretend to be a vampire in order to attract the vamp-obsessed girls at school.
As a huge fan of this book (read my review here) I am happy to report that not only do we have an interview from the author herself, but we are also giving away copies of Bloodthirsty to a few lucky readers (details below)! Yay! Check it out:
What first inspired you to come up with the idea for Bloodthirsty?
I was so amazed by the dichotomy between the usual teen dreamboat and the vampire. Whether it’s a real high school or a 90’s sitcom, the popular guy has surfer hair and great abs, he’s always taking his shirt off—and he’s usually a jerk. A vampire is polite, pale and scrawny—but he always gets the girl! It struck me that someone somewhere—someone without a tan or any Varsity letters– must be able to take advantage of this. And then Finbar Frame started to take shape in my head.
Why do you think so many teenage girls dream of dating vampires?
Well, I guess it’s a pretty rebellious act to make out with a guy who wants to suck your blood! They’ve definitely got the bad boy, piss-your-parents-off thing going on. For me personally though, the vampire is really passionate and protective. Life with a vampire is lived on such an intense, romantic, life-or-death plane. Real guys—especially teenage boys—seem completely apathetic in comparison.
Who is your favorite pop culture vampire (books, movies, and TV all count)?
I love Eric from True Blood! He’s a thousand-year-old Viking, which is awesome in itself. But he’s so mysterious. One minute you think he has human emotions, then he turns around and betrays you. You can never completely figure him out.
Why did you decide to tell Bloodthirsty from the perspective of a high school boy?
When I think of the vampire craze, I picture these crazed crowds of teenage girls (usually screaming “Team Edward!” or, ya know, the inferior one). I wanted to create a male hero to harness all the energy of these girls—not only to use that to his own advantage, but to attempt to give the girls what they want (or the closest possibility). As much as I was a writer standing back, observing the pop-culture world and shaking my head at this trend, I wanted my narrator to stand back, observe this world and be doubly confused because not only does he not understand vampires, he doesn’t understand girls.
What vampire ability do you most covet?
Well, looking twenty-two forever would be nice, but… I would love a legitimate excuse to stay up all night and sleep until 2 p.m. I do it anyway, but now people call me lazy.
To enter the contest all you have to do is send an e-mail titled “Bloodthirsty” to email@example.com and tell me why you want this book. I will pick 5 winners on October 20! Woo!
*Winners must be in the US and must have a non PO Shipping address! (Sorry guys)