Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Guest author Theresa Meyers and giveaway! From the Bewitching Book Tours

Please welcome Theresa Myers!!

March 15 Guest Blog at Bitten by Paranormal Romance
How I got Bitten (or why did I start writing vampires?)
As a Nocturne author one question I get quite frequently is “What got you started writing vampires?” Well, to be perfectly truthful I wasn’t a huge vampire fan to begin with. I had loved the movie Lost Boys as a teen. I read a few things here and there that had a vampire in it (like a Linda Lael Miller’s Forever series, a few J.R. Ward books and some of P.C. and Kristin Cast’s Marked series), but by in large I wasn’t a vampire fanatic.  But then one night (and I swear I’m not riffing off of Stephenie Meyer) it was a very vivid dream.
I saw a beautiful woman and man dancing in a ballroom walled with mirrors and lit by thousands of candles. Then later she was shown a coffin containing a skeleton with bones so old and smooth they looked almost polished. What really surprised me was the skeleton had fangs. The woman later was led to that same coffin and disappeared and the fanged-skeleton reappeared in her place. It was as though small invisible spiders began to knit a white shroud over the skeleton, filling it out until it took the woman’s form. And when they were done, she lay in the coffin still as stone, until the male vampire kissed her. All of that became my novella Salvation of the Damned and started the world where my new Sons of Midnight mini-series is based.
In this month’s book, The Truth About Vampires, we see the coming out of vampires to human society. Now I’ve had some critics ask, why would vampires even bother, they’ve done fine for all these years? I’d have to answer, well, wouldn’t you get tired of hiding everything you did, acting like some kind of second-class citizen that had to lurk in the shadows, even though you knew that you had far more experience and were far more powerful?
That’s the point at which the Cascade Vampire Clan that’s been surviving in the Seattle Underground since the late 1890s has reached. They see investigative reporter Kristin Reed’s interest as a chance to tell their side of the story before someone else does. (One of the basic tenets of crisis communications 101 in the public relations industry – tell your side first.) Clan Trejan, Dmitri Dionotte is assigned to not only guide Kristin’s research (making sure that she doesn’t stumble upon the less savory aspects of vampire culture – like the reivers who see humans as disposable juice pouches) but also to protect her.
In many ways revealing vampire society to Kristin teaches Dmitri how to appreciate it as well. You see, he never intended to become a vampire and really isn’t all that happy about his state.
Once I got into these two characters I started to find out all kinds of things about the vampire culture I was discovering as Kristin discovered it – their political set up, how they treat things medically, their weaknesses and strengths, their unique view of their place in the world and how their society functioned. And like every society, they had a history and those who run outside society’s rules.
So you might say the reason I write vampires is because I got caught up in their story. I’m currently writing book three in the Sons of Midnight and discovering that even vampires have prejudices against other supernaturals. Just how far will the series go? Well, that remains to be seen. I might write this world, but I’m still learning new things about it every day from the characters.

And now that I’ve told you how I got bit by the vampire bug, it’s your turn. How did you get into vampires?

Giveaway time!! Theresa is giving away what you see here on the left to one lucky commenter that answers Theresa's question above.  Also please leave your email if it's not on your profile.


  1. I think what really got me into vampires was Buffy. After that I was a goner!


  2. I always liked vampire movies, including THE LOST BOYS. I started reading vamp books including Lynsay Sands and Kerrelyn Sparks series and from there moved to other authors.

    manning_j2004 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  3. I don´t remember how I got into it.. I was as a young teen hugh fan of Buffy, Angel and Charmed etc.. And then when Twilight came I read those, which made me read more. And I found J.R Ward series.. And then I was hooked. :P So probably started earlier, but J.R Ward Brotherhood of the Black Dagger made me go crazy xD

    I would love to join the giveaway, if it´s international.. The book looks awesome :)

  4. meggerfly - I agree, Buffy is fun!
    June M. - I haven't gotten to read either of them yet, thanks for the additions to my TBR pile!
    MoonStar - This particular prize isn't international (they get kind of persnickety about wine being shipped past borders) however there are several other drawings this month for books. Check out the Bewithcing Book Tour listing and it'll tell you where I'll be for the next week or two.

    Thanks for your comments!

  5. I have always loved reading and watching anything with vampires! The one book that sticks out in my mind that I read was L.J. Smith's Vampire Diaries when I was in high school. For t.v. when Buffy came on I thought I died and went to heaven..LOL. I had a very limited access to these kind of books when I went to school so now it is just awesome to have such variety to choose from!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Kelsey O.
    kopsahl48 AT gmail DOT com

  6. Christine Feehan and Sherrily Kenyon are the two authors that really got me hooked on vampire stories, and I now read several authors of various paranormal types... And then I had to get into the True Blood shows (not the books) and I have to say, the visual of someone sucking the blood from another person or making love in the dirt or packing a wound with dirt and spit, is so much less attractive than the written image an author can create. Darn Hollywood!Anyway Theresa, "The Truth About Vampires" is on my list of TBR and I cannot wait to get to it!

  7. I've always liked paranormal themed books. When I was younger my aunt bought me The Vampire Diaries series by LJ Smith and I was hooked. Ever since then I have loved reading about vampires.


  8. I've always been interested in anything spooky since I was a kid, but what really got me interested in vampires were the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. I've been hooked ever since. :)


  9. In collage I read Interview With a Vampire. Blew me away. But it wasn't until two years ago I got into it again. I read the Anita Blake books which lead me to where I am now .


  10. Reading Lynsay Sand's historicals lead me to her vampires and I was hooked. Cannot get enough now!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  11. I've been hooked every since a friend introduced me to Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series! tWarner419@aol.com

  12. I think it was Anne Rice's books, then Twilight, then Sherrilyn Kenyon's books, and Lara Adrian's...and the list could probably go on and on.......

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  13. Oh hell, I must be the old lady here. It was the old B&W classics with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi as Dracula. And sitting at the knee of my Great Aunt Helen watching Dark Shadows. Reading DRACULA for the first time in middle school. And then when Anne Rice published INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, I was doomed. Unfortunately, some of today's vamps have gotten a little to cuddley and sparkley for me. I still want mine to retain what made them so famous.

  14. What got me bitten was my niece introducing me to the Dark Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon and I have been hooked ever since - she then bought me the first book in the BDB series and the rest is history.


  15. I saw Dracula with Bela Lugosi and that lead me to different movies and books that were part of the genre.


  16. It was probably the Twilight series that really got me into reading lots of books about vampires. I like seeing how each vampire is different depending on what series you read.


  17. Anne Rice. She made me a vamp fan, hands down. :)

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

  18. I got bitten by vamps when I was about 17 and I read the first book in the Lynsay Sands series. I was hooked after that and started looking into more and more different variations. I loved that it was alls o different from dracular and that classic look you know??

    Also Buffy helped make vamps cool! Who cant love Spike lol!

    Thanks for the great giveaway

  19. I really got interested in vampires when I started watching Buffy and I have been hooked since.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  20. Guess writers always have since before Dracula.

  21. I read Interview With a Vampire when I was in high school. Then I plowed though all of her books. Got back into reading several years ago when my cousins wife told me I had to read the Twilight books. After that huge disappointment I googled vampire romance & found Ward, Adrian, Ione & all those great ladies I am obsessed with now.

  22. I first got "bit" when I came across The Munsters when I was 3 and fell in love with not only Hermin but Grandpa Munster. lol. Then when I was about seven I seen the original Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie and fell in love with Spike. His whole dieing scen just cracked me up. LOL. I didn't read about vampires until I was 18, it could have been before that but I really don't remember picking up a Gooosebump book that had Vampires in it.

    I've yet to read any Bram Stoker or Anne Rice, though, they don't intrest me in the least... which could be a sin but *shrugs*.



  23. Thanks Theresa for stopping by. Thanks everyone that entered the winner is announced in the winners post. It can be found top left sidebar.

  24. Thanks so much for the guest post and the giveaway! I would love to win this! It's so fun and chic! Thanks! apereiraorama[at]gmail[dot]com

  25. I've always been into the supernatural, but I remember watching "Interview with a Vampire" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula" when I was younger and thinking that vampires are hot!



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