Nov 19, 2016

Fang Time! A Vampire Book Blood Fest Author Interview – Kathryn M. Hearst

kathrynHere is my author interview with the talented Kathryn M. Hearst for the Fang Time! A Vampire Book Blood Fest Event. We will be featuring her Sinistra Dei Series which includes Feast of the Epiphany and Feast of Mercy so make sure to grab your copy today!

What originally inspired you to write about vampires in general?
I watched my first horror movie, and fell in love with vampires, at age seven. In those days, vamps were scary. As I grew up, the seductive elements kept me hooked.  I set out to write a vampire novel, but didn’t want to do the same old trope. Instead, I explored the question, “What would happen if vampires/immortals worked for the Catholic Church?”

Are you currently working on any new projects that you would like to share with us?
I’m currently working on the third book in the Sinistra Dei series, Feast of All Souls. The story is split between New Orleans and the Vatican. In this installment, the characters search for answers about their origins within the secret libraries of the Church. The stakes are high, as they plan to break from the Order of the Sinistra Dei. The forbidden romance between Lysander and Joliette explores themes of unrequited love, loyalty, and blows the roof off the old trope of people from different sides of the tracks falling in love.

What was your most recent release and what would you like readers to know about it?
Feast of Mercy, the second book in the Sinistra Dei series features two young immortals as they assimilate to their new lives. I use the term “immortal,” because in my world, there are no such thing as vampires. However, the mythology follows some of the traditional vampire lore, such as rising after death, fangs, and compulsion. They’re also dead sexy. My characters feed off of prana, or human energy, unless their powers have deteriorated and require blood for sustenance. There’s also a genetic component to the process of becoming immortal, which restricts their population. While they don’t age, they do risk a form of insanity as they grow older. I’ve always been fascinated with the question of how the human mind would adapt to living hundreds or thousands of years. We aren’t made to experience that sort of life span. What kind of psychosis would develop?

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How many books do you currently have available that include vampires and how would you describe your writing style in 3 words?
I have two book in the Sinistra Dei series, with the third releasing in March.
My writing style is fast-paced, layered, and steamy.

Are you a fan of any specific vampire shows or movies?
I enjoy just about anything with vampires, even the campy ones.

How do you think vampires from decades ago fair against those that we see in modern media?
Vampires are one of the rare supernatural creatures that evolve and change with the times. I predict that we will see a resurgence of kick-butt, horrific, villainous vamps in the near future.

Is there anything that you would like to see change within the book community?
This is a tough question. I believe things are changing at a rapid rate within the publishing world. I would love to see more authors supporting other authors. There are a lot of divas out there, and the drama doesn’t always stay on the pages.

If you could co-write a vampire book with any other author who would you choose and why?
Thomas Harris, the author of “Silence of the Lambs.” I’d love to create a psychological thriller  with vamps that scared the crap out of the readers.

Is there any authors out there that you think helped to inspire the author that you are today?
Yes, too many to count! Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton come to mind, but I take something away from every book I read. Yes, even the awful ones.

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