Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Ellen Schreiber, author Teenage Mermaid, Comedy Girl, and the featured Vampire Kisses series, agreed to take a moment and answer a few questions.
Why did you decide to write a series of books about vampires?
I wanted to write about a girl who was an outsider--a girl who was fearless and feisty. After seeing some goth girls swing on swings at a nearby park, I thought maybe I’d write a poem. It was only later that I thought about combining the two ideas. It popped in my mind that girl would be obsessed--with vampires. Then I decided she would fall in love with a handsome guy (rumored to be one) and she find out that she loved him regardless of whether he was a vampire, or not.
What makes the Vampire Kisses series unique?
It is about the romantic vampire--eternal love--thirsting for one mate-- not about blood and gore. I wanted to explore everlasting true love. The romantic vampire and his need for eternal love.
Which three words would you use to describe the Vampire Kisses series?
Romantic, fun, mysterious.
If you could be any supernatural creature, which would you be and why?
A mermaid. I think they are beautiful and it seems like fun to swim with the dolphins.
What's your favorite YA vampire themed novel?
Honestly, I don’t read other’s vampire books. (I like writing more than reading.) I do read manga--and like Chibi Vampire.
Thanks to Ellen for answering our questions! Also, if you are a fan of the Vampire Kisses series, be sure to check out the manga series!
Blood Relatives, Volume 1
The absolute last thing goth-girl Raven and her vampire boyfriend, Alexander, need is another hitch in their nighttime-only romance—but dark trouble hovers on the horizon when Raven and Alexander discover four freshly dug graves filled with empty coffins. When a crew of sketchy vampires takes up residence in Dullsville's lonely graveyard, Alexander finds this motley bunch led by his very own blood-sucking cousin, Claude Sterling. Shocking! Claude and his creepy crew can only spell out more problems for the pair, especially when Raven finds them in daylight in the very last place she could ever imagine. What could Claude and his invaders be doing—or searching for—in Dullsville?
Blood Relatives, Volume 2
Who says dating a vampire is easy? Raven's nocturnal romance with her immortal love, Alexander, is definitely dicey, but even more so with Alexander's meddling half-vamp cousin in town. Claude and his sketchy gang are on the hunt for a stash of blood-filled vials that can turn them into pure vampires. With an old family feud casting a shadow on the search, they'll do anything to get their hands on the vials. Raven and Alexander must swiftly mastermind a plan to outwit them, but will the very lure of the vials create more risk for Raven than she could ever imagine? And deepen her own quandary about the possibility of becoming a vampire?