In my last blog post "How It All Began", I shared information on how I decided that I was going to write a book. With that decision under my belt, I faced a new question: what was I going to write?
I mulled over this question for a few minutes before a realization struck me. I had no idea at that time how many words constituted a novel, but I knew it was a lot. And I knew that in order for me to sit down and pen a novel with a whole lot of words that I needed to have a whole heck of a lot of passion about whatever it was that I decided to write. Lucky for me, I knew what that passion was – vampires!
I’d loved all things vampire since I was a little girl and my mom hooked me on the original Dark Shadows TV show re-runs. I recall my mother rushing us home from whatever we were doing to catch Barnabas Collins and the rest of the Collins family. I don’t know what it was specifically about the series that started my fascination with vampires, but whatever it was, it had a lasting effect.
But I needed more – what specifically about vampires was I going to write about? Keep in mind that at the time I decided I was going to write a vampire novel – 2009 – it was the midst of the Twilight era, True Blood was hot, it was post-Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vampire Diaries was made into a TV show, and there were a slew of other shows and movies and books. The market was saturated with vampire everything and I needed a different angle. Lucky for me (again) I knew what that angle would be!
In all of the vampire movies I’d watched and in all of the vampire books I’d read, there was one thing I had noticed – the vampire was always “just there.” I never really heard about how the vampire was created. Or in the cases where I had, I didn’t find the story plausible. Now I know we’re dealing with vampires, creatures that don’t really exist (or do they?), but for me, I needed a credible explanation for how the first vampire came to be. How exactly was I going to explain the vampire’s origin? My parents had sent me to Catholic school for 12 years so I decided to put all those years of religion classes and Sunday mass to good use and explain the vampire’s origin by linking it to popular biblical stories.
And that is how The Descendant was born!
I’d love to hear your theories on how the vampire was created. Leave a comment below with your favorite explanation of the vampire’s origin or your personal thoughts.