New Vampire Novel: RELEASE by Nicole Hadaway
The ends justify the means…
For vampire Miranda Dandridge, using her supernatural abilities to rescue children from impossible circumstances is her means to be a part of the human world that she loves so much, despite the atrocities of WWII. For doctor Ben Gongliewski, saving his fellow Jews from the horrific death camps is an end for which he risks his own life every day, hiding his Jewish heritage while feigning loyalty the SS.
Neither Miranda nor Ben expects to find love in World War II Europe, but that is exactly what happens as they work for the Resistance. When the war draws to a close, it seems like the vampire and the doctor are free to start a future together. But just how far the Nazis will go to further their own evil ends?
Desperate times make for ruthless men as loves and lives are threatened, but, Miranda and Ben know that their world cannot go to hell, not by any means…
Release by Nicole Hadaway, comes out January 4, 2013 by Visionary Press Cooperative. Available as e-book and paperback from Amazon.com, and e-book for Nook at Barnes & Noble. The story springs from the mind and pen of Nicole Hadaway. As a lawyer, she knows all about bloodsuckers and deals with the devil! She answered a few questions about her novel, first in a series:
- First off, as far as you can tell, what led you to write this specific story? I’d had the character of Miranda in my head ever since I was around 12; she really came into focus when I was 15 and saw The Lost Boys. She started off as a “Mary Sue”, a way for me to be in the movie (when I wasn’t), but she evolved through the years. Finally, when I returned to the states after a year abroad in 2007, I really started thinking about her, making up her own story and her own adventures. That lead to Release.
- Do you have a favorite part or character or aspect to the novel? I can’t say that I have a favorite scene, but the one in the castle was a lot of fun to write, and the result was exactly how I’d pictured it in my mind. Sometimes, as a writer, you’re going along and all of a sudden, the story takes a sudden twist, or the character does something unexpected. Or sometimes, the words just don’t give the right picture on the page. But what happens in the castle is exactly how I’d imagined it, and I’m very proud.
- How close did the finished product match your initial idea? Pretty much dead on. I do a rough outline of a plot, but I’m more of a pantser as I write, so it’s difficult to judge my initial expectations with the end product, as the first thoughts aren’t set in stone.
- What kind of vampires did you go with? Are they, for example, dead? Can they shape-shift? How much blood do they need to keep going? They are not undead — they are their own race, the product of Lilith and the fallen Angel, Sammael. They’ve tried to create vampires from corpses, but the result is a mindless being, more akin to a zombie, which is not their intended result and the zombies are usually put down quickly. My vampires need to feed once a night, can go longer, don’t starve exactly, but become very, very weak with no blood.
- This book was published before, wasn’t it? And now it’s being re-printed is that right? Yes, it was published in September 2009 by Vamplit Publishing. That house is no longer, yet I got the rights back and have found another home for it at Visionary Press. It will be in ebook and paperback format, essentially the same as when first published.
- And as I recall you were planning or had even gotten as far as writing a sequel? How does that stand? Return, the sequel, is done and being edited. It should be ready for an early 2013 release. Redeem is the third in the trilogy, and is in the very early stages of drafting. I’ve got a few pages and ideas, but it’s nowhere near done. I should also mention that I’ve published 3 short stories through Visionary Press, all of which feature my heroine, Miranda.
- Finally, assuming it get made into a movie, which actors do you see in the lead roles? Angelina Jolie as Miranda, Kate Winslet as Vanessa, Rachel Weisz as Rose, Jeremy Renner as Denny, Alex Pettyfer as Ben, and — for the longest time after the book was first published, I had trouble imagining who would be Cray, but I think Benedict Cumberbach would do quite nicely ;-)