I was at a writer's conference recently, and I heard two people talking about vampire novels. The one person was saying that she started to write a vampire love story but decided that it wouldn't sell and do well because of Twilight. So, she created these new creatures. I say forget that! It isn't about the money or how well the book will sell. You write because it is something that you love and it takes you to new worlds. You write a story for people to hopefully love. If you want to write about vampires, write about them. Don't be afraid to write about what you love.
I'm not afraid of The Twilight Saga or other vampire novels. I can't wait for my novel to join them on the shelves. I don't care about the money. Yuck! Would it be nice to make thousands of dollars of your novels? You bet! But that is not why I write. I write because it is my passion and because I want to share my stories with you. I wrote DARK GUARDIAN because I want fans to enjoy a good story.
In some ways I am glad more vampires novels aren't being written, at least right now, because when my novel is published people will see it and say, "Yes, finally a vampire novel!"
BTW: I applaud authors of vampire novels. You guys rock!