Phoebe Matthews loves reading urban fantasy novels and after years of writing romance, has finally started writing the books she loves to read. Her Mudflat series combines sword and sorcery with a neighborhood in Seattle where old magic runs amuck through the families. The first book, Tarbaby Trouble, won the 2009 EPIC Award for Best Fantasy. Two of the five other titles were finalists in 2010.
Vampires come in a variety of types and styles and skills, but more than that, they exist in numerous societal situations. Here in the world of mass communication, these folks have complex hierarchies with everything from kings to local mob bosses. We know what that leads to. War between factions. But apparently, according to several series, the human population recognizes them and gives them legal rights and a lot of stuff we wouldn’t extend to human gangs. I am having trouble accepting all the PC correctness of attitude toward nonhumans when so far, most real world communities haven’t achieved that degree of tolerance toward their human neighbors.
My personal vampire preference is the loner everyone thinks is a bit of an odd duck but never guesses he’s a vampire. Among my faves is P. N. Elrod’s restauranteur, Jack Fleming, who sleeps in a sub basement safe room. When he can’t get home in time, he spends the day in a space under the restaurant floor, because every vamp needs a good hidey hole.
And then there’s Tanya Huff’s Henry, once heir to the British throne, who became a vampire hoping to spend eternity with his love only to learn too late that vampires don’t love vampires, they love live people. His world is a high rise condo where he supports himself by writing romance novels. These guys are loners, make their own rules, and win or lose by their own decisions with no one else to blame.
I like their attitudes. I like their independence. I like their limitations.
On a visit to the vampire famous Olympic Peninsula, including shopping sprees through the glittery souvenir shops, I had an idea for a vampire series. It had to occur in that location. But I wanted my vampire to be in the tradition of the loners with no pack to back her up. Sink or swim time. No one to blame but herself. So there she is, eighteen years old, on her own for the first time in her life, and no idea what her limitations are.
So of course she immediately falls in love with a darling human guy. And later she discovers the dangers.
Phoebe Matthews’s Turning Vampire series is published by Dark Quest Books, and is also available as an ebook. The first title is VAMPIRE CAREER, Dark Quest Books 2011.
Web Site: PhoebeMatthews.com
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