A few weeks ago TheAuthorHour.com posted an interview with the famed bestselling vampire novelist Laurell K. Hamilton. Hamilton is the author of the kick ass Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, a series staring the sexy necromancer Anita and the gorgeous vampires and shape shifters in her life.
The interview was fantastic, below are some of my favorite parts.
Matthew Peterson: Since this is a vampire episode, let’s talk first about your Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. What got you interested in writing about vampires and supernatural creatures?
Laurell K. Hamilton: I’ve been interested in monsters since I can remember. I remember at five begging my grandmother to let me stay up late and watch the Creature Feature Hour on our local television station and staying up in the dark by myself until it got too scary and I’d have to run and jump into the covers.
Matthew Peterson: Does anybody ever call you Anita Blake by accident?
Laurell K. Hamilton: Oh yeah.
Matthew Peterson: [laughs]
Laurell K. Hamilton: Oh yeah. I get a certain percentage. Some people catch themselves and they get embarrassed and say, “Oh, I’m so sorry.” Some people never get themselves, and they will do an entire conversation calling me Anita.
Matthew Peterson: …you’re doing more books. You have the 18th installment coming out, Flirt. Is that continuing on with this last one, or is this completely different?
Laurell K. Hamilton: Anita is organized like a mystery series, so that each book stands alone, you solve the mystery and you move on. You get character development from book to book, but each book is a whole meal in and of itself. As much as possible. It’s hard. Eighteen books into a series, it’s really hard to give enough information for new readers, but not give so much information to people who’ve read every book so like they’re, you know, “I know all this already.”
Laurell K. Hamilton: I’ve just gotten into the techy stuff pretty seriously in the last few months. And it’s amazing to me how many people you can contact so quickly.
Matthew Peterson: Oh, I know. I haven’t gotten on to twitter yet. That’s like the last thing and I’m like, “Oh!” It’s very time consuming doing all the things.
Laurell K. Hamilton: I actually like twitter because it’s only 140 characters. And I find that other sites have no limit to characters. I’m a novel writer, not a short story writer!
Matthew Peterson: [laughs] Yeah.
Laurell K. Hamilton: So, if I’m not careful, I will write these huge long blogs and I have to really limit myself. On twitter it limits you anyway.