I Decided to Write a Vampire Book. Now What?

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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!

Why vampires?

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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.

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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.