Mar 5, 2016

Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash Author Interview – K.M. McFarland

kmHere is my author interview with the talented author K.M. McFarland for the Multi Author, Multi Day, Multi Genre Book Bash – day one which is featuring vampire authors. She has an amazing book out called Vampyr: The Complete Trilogy so make sure to check it out today.

How long have you been a fan of vampires and do you have a favorite from the movies or books?
The first vampire novel I read was Salem’s Lot by Stephen King followed by Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Lestat came along in The Vampire Lestat, published in 1986 I believe, and my obsession began.

How many books do you currently have on the market that have a vampire in them?
All three of them so far. I’m working on a new paranormal romance that doesn’t have any vampires in it. At least not as we speak.

What inspired you to write your first vampire book and what can readers expect to find once they read it?
I wanted to write a vampire novel that was not laced with every other element of the supernatural, however, that’s not as easy as it appears. Voodoo plays a part in the story, and there are ghosts. Quinn’s St. Charles Avenue mansion was originally constructed in 1810, and it is haunted by four ghosts: a phantom piano player, a sad young Creole girl, a tormented lady and a little girl. We discover the identity of the phantom piano player near the end of Song of the Vampire. The identity of the sad young Creole woman and the tormented lady is revealed in Under a Bourbon Street Moon. We finally find out who the little girl is and why she is in the house in Masquerade. So, yeah, it’s also a ghost story.

If vampires really existed and you could choose to become one but had to leave the life as you currently know it behind would you do it yes or no and why?
Oh, wow! What a Question! I suppose if I were at a point of making that decision, I would have to be at the point of death, so either way, I would have to leave that life.

In Song of the Vampire, after eighteen years, Quinn got his life back when he reunited with his daughter, Nadia. Of course, Nadia did not welcome him with open arms, and Quinn had a lot of explaining to do. But how could she not understand his reason for abandoning his family when he was turned to a vampire.

“Immortality and eternal physical youth appealed to Quinn, Nadia, and Tristan at the time they were turned as is the case with most vampires. But as time passes, sometimes it’s debatable whether immortality is a blessing or a curse. As their loved ones leave this world one by one, a vampire must learn to cope with loss, grief and eventually the reality of finding himself alone.” – Masquerade

Is immortality a blessing or a curse? Read Masquerade and decide for yourself.

Would you say that vampires are your favorite paranormal being and why or why not?
Vampires are definitely my favorite because there’s something seductive about the vampire and the element of danger surrounding them.

If your vampire book(s) were to be turned into a movie and you could choose who would play the role as one of your leading vamps who would you choose and what role is it that they would play?
When I was writing the books, I based some of the characters physical appearance on celebrities.

Giselle – Rihanna
Tristan – a younger Jason Momoa
Nadia/Lacey – Nadia Bjorlin
Chad – Matt Bomer

As for my protagonist, Quinn, he exists only in my imagination.He was a rock star in the late 1980’s and his physical appearance is based on the rock stars of that time. Anybody who would play him in a movie would have to be more beautiful than handsome, have some musical abilities, and appear to be in their mid-twenties. But even though Quinn has not aged physically, his mind has matured, so a younger actor would have to be able to pull that off. I would have to audition for that part.

When it comes to vampires do you prefer yours as many of the old legends and myths speak of them or how TV has changed them over the years?
Anne Rice first introduced the Modern Day Vampire and then it evolved from there. After the Vampire Chronicles came True Blood, Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, etc. Vampire’s have evolved as times changed. The world changed since the days of Dracula. Vampires, as the old legends and myths speak of them, couldn’t exist in the modern world. They would have to make a lot of changes,and my books deal with that. To answer your question, I prefer them the way they are portrayed now.

Are there any specific vampire authors that you enjoy reading that have made your favorites list?
To be honest, I don’t get a chance to read that much fiction. My books require a lot of research, so I spend a lot of time reading about New Orleans history, Voodoo as an ancient religion, hauntings, vampire legends, New Orleans legends and folklore, etc. I probably read less than ten works of fiction last year. One of the vampire books I read was The Casquette Girls by Alys Ardin. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m waiting for the sequel.

When it comes to your own vampire books what is one thing that you do to ensure that they are unique and will stand out against other books within the same genre?
Get ready to go on a journey inside the heart, mind and soul of the vampire. Just because you are turned to a vampire doesn’t mean you stop loving your wife and your children. You are now a predator depending on blood for survival, but you are still experiencing the same human feelings you had as a mortal. When Quinn and Nadia are reunited after eighteen years, Nadia wants nothing more than to become a part of Quinn’s world, and one fateful night, she gets her wish. They form a strong father/daughter bond as they guide each other through their dark world and battle their demons.

Any big plans or projects planned for 2016 that you would like to share with us?
I’m working on the fourth Vampyr installment. That will be a standalone book featuring some of the same characters. Also, a new paranormal romance is in the works. I can’t talk about them too much because I never know where the stories are going until the end but stay tuned. They will be announced soon.

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