Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I have a question, why don't more authors write about vampires?

It seems to me that authors are afraid to write about vampires because of The Twilight Saga. (Unless it is a sequel to a series. There might also be a rare exception, but I can't think of one.) No one seems to want to go up against it. There are many new books being release that are similar but are not about vampires. People say things like, "I think the vampire genre is to used up and there are too many books are written about them. Who wants to read another one?" So, they end up writing something else that might do well.

I have a news flash for you, I want to read a vampire novel! Don't give me this other crap. I might enjoy it, but what I really want is  a vampire novel. I also know many people who agree with me. Don't get me wrong, I do love other novels besides vampires. I just think there should be more novels about vampires because I don't think there will ever be enough. The beautiful thing about the vampire genre is you pretty much have a built in fan base. There are so many vampire fans, hence why Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, Vampire Academy, ect, are best selling books.

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!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

"All my agony fades away when you hold me in your embrace..."

This weeks song is All I Need by Within Temptation. Within Temptation has probably been my biggest inspiration for DARK GUARDIAN. They have amazing songs! I could probably spend a couple months sharing with you all of their songs that have been my inspiration.

This is another song that belongs on Kara's playlist. It is about her feelings in about the middle of the novel.

All I Need:

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you all have a wonderful day. I have a few things coming up this new year that I am looking forward to.

First is the Write Stuff Conference at the end of March. I get to go and learn more about writing while meeting more agents. I hope to find an agent for my novel there, but I will have to wait and see. This is my second year attending, and last year I had four agents interested in my work. Sadly, three of them passed on it but I am hopeful to find an agent this year.

The second thing I am going to start in the new year is blind querying again. I had stopped blind querying because I had four agents interested, and I was working hard to get my novel into shape but now it is almost ready. I hope to have it ready in February or March. (Definitely in time for the conference)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Song of the Week

I have decided that ever week I am going to post a song. These songs might have inspired a character or a scene. Some of them just make me think of either a scene or my characters from my novel. For the character songs, not all of the lyrics will match perfectly with the character, but it is most of them.

This weeks song is Enchanted by Taylor Swift. This is a song that belongs on Kara's playlist.

Side Note: Hopefully this video won't be deleted. If it is just please search the song. It is a great one!