Jackie Ivie was born and raised in a suburb outside Utah’s capital, beautiful Salt Lake City. The second in a family of four daughters and one son, Jackie was constantly amusing her siblings with her invented games, escapades, and stories. And she was always reading. She would even walk the family dog, with one hand holding the leash, while the other held the ever-present book.
In 2001, Jackie and her family took a huge step and moved to the largest state of the nation; Alaska. Although it was her job that brought her here, Jackie has grown to love this land of amazing contrasts, breathtaking vistas, and the ever-present resident, the Alaskan moose. There’s nothing else like it, and the very long days of summer lend themselves to hours and hours of energizing tasks, while the long winter nights are just right for her real love…writing.
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“Is this the Vampire Assassin League?”
“Possibly. Who’s asking please?”
“Stephanie. Stephanie Bowker.”
“You have 69 seconds, Miss Bowker.”
“This conversation ends, and tracing efforts with it.”
“But I have permission to use this number!”
“Then I suggest you use it.”
“Are you Akron?”
“You have 55 seconds left now.”
“I need to ask some questions, and you’re making it difficult.”
“I stand ready to answer while you waste time.”
“You’re a vampire, right?”
“I’m really getting annoyed with you, Mr. Akron.”
“I am not the one who called, Miss Bowker. You now have 42 seconds. Your next question?”
“OK. Let’s just assume – for my article – that you’re a vampire. And you run an organization of vampires, and they’re assassins, and they kill people and drink blood…”
“I can’t do an interview like this!”
“An interview? I don’t recall agreeing to such a thing.”
“Let’s just say you did and get to the heart of the matter.”
“With pleasure. Hearts are my speciality. What do you wish to know? You do have 22 seconds left.”
“Why are vampires so…sexy? So dangerous, and intriguing? So fascinating? Why? Can you just answer me that one question?”
“That one is easy, Miss Bowker.”
“Vampires belong to a world the living cannot enter; a realm they can only glimpse; an existence they can only imagine.”
“Sum it up in one word. Can you do that?”
“One word? To describe us?”
“I’ve still got five seconds or so, don’t I?”
“Good-bye, Miss Bowker. And good luck. You should check your locks tonight. The one on your basement window is loose.”
And the line went dead.
Hi! Jackie Ivie here. Author of the Vampire Assassin League series. I’m currently at work on my fifth novella; this time focusing on one of the hunters, rather than the hunted. I absolutely love writing vampires. That was a complete surprise. I’m a historical romance writer. Why…if anyone had told me that I’d write a short little paranormal, fall in love with the genre, and have it grow into a series, I’d have laughed. But the laugh would’ve been on me. I’ve never had such fun with fiction. I tried to figure out why, and I have to admit. I’ve got the same quandary as Miss Bowker in my phone call above. What makes a vampire so darn fascinating?
I tried to break it down. I did. For one thing, they’re sexy. My vampires have got that going for them in spades. They’re confident, smart, fit, capable. Charming. Exquisite lovers and dangerous foes.
Swoon-causing. A side-long look can create shivers while one touch guarantees it. They’re more than sexy. They’re masters.
Then, there’s the blood angle. The slide of a tongue along an artery. The skim of lips on flesh; finding an erogenous zone; stimulating sensitive tissues… What can I say? My vampires have a primal sensuality, and know exactly how to find a sensitive area; that erratic pulse that just tempts a taste.
Then I add in the historical angle. I’m a huge history nut and vampires have lived any part of it I envision. I mean, it’s the perfect life! Gliding in a gondola in Venice and attending carnival; running the stone corridors of a castle while under attack; dancing at a debut ball during the Regency period; attending a masked ball in the court of King Louis the XIV of France; accompanying a wagon train going across the prairie… There’s so much history out there, and my vampires lived it!
Then, there’s that immortal part. Vampires never die. They never get sick. They’re forever young and vibrant. That doesn’t mean the can’t get hurt. Wounded. Pained. And nothing can injure my vampires more than their mates. That just makes it perfect when they get their HEA.
Ah. Vampires. I haven’t answered Miss Bowker’s question. I don’t think I can. There’s no one word to what makes a vampire so fascinating. Is there?
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