I’ve always adored vampires. Always. Growing up, I was a severe asthmatic. The way it was treated back then was with stimulants and steroids...meaning I never slept. My parents gave up trying to keep up with me and monitor my late-night viewing, so midnight would frequently see me bundled up in a blanket with an old Christopher Lee vampire movie, scaring the bejeebers out of myself. Then I’d go from can’t sleep with my meds to can’t sleep without my bejeebers.
I never thought I’d actually write about vampires, because I couldn’t imagine what new I had to say. I’m still not sure...my heroine Gina doesn’t let me get a word in edgewise.
Do you and Gina share any similarities?
We’re both bossy
If there was a show down between Buffy and Gina, who do you think would win?
I think they’d start out fighting and end bonding over their “stylish yet affordable boots.” If we could get Buffy and Gina together on a shopping spree (maybe with Cordelia thrown in for good measure), we could turn this recession right around.
What is your favorite vampire movie?
Love at First Bite with George Hamilton and Susan Saint James. I mean, a vampire with a tan? What could be better? Plus, some of the greatest lines, “With you, never a quickie. Always a longie.” More here.
If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
Any hints of what is going to go down in the sequel?
In Vamped, Gina and her minions defeated a vampire vixen, a psycho-psychic and the vampire council of Mozulla, Ohio. Gina was all ready to expose vampires to the world in all their fanged fabulosity…until the Feds arrived to sweep everything under the rug and make them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
In ReVamped, Gina and her boyfriend Bobby are sent undercover to infiltrate a New York high school where some seriously weird stuff is going down. Worse than that, Gina’s new super-secret identity is as goth-girl Geneva Belfry. No color palette to speak of. More chains than a bike rack. And don't even get her started on the shoes. At least she won’t be too worried about blood spatter when kicking the butt of her newest nemesis, who’s decided that the high school makes a perfect playground.
In Fangtastic (forthcoming), the real vamps and the lifestylers meet, issues between the Feds and the fangs come to a head, and Gina and Bobby have to decide which side they’re on.
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