Scribal Love Welcomes Liz Strange!
What is the name of your novel?
I actually have two vampire themed novels out at present. Born of Blood and Retribution it's the final novel of my Dark Kiss Trilogy, and The Embrace of Life and Death is an off-shoot of this series.
What first attracted you to writing vampire fiction?
I love everything about it, especially those written in a darker, gothic tone. I am fascinated by the idea of immortality and how different individuals would embrace that gift, the possibilities are endless.
Who is/are your main character(s) and is he/she a vampire?
The main characters, and vampires, in The Dark Kiss Trilogy are Rachel and Giovanni.
In The Embrace of Life and Death the main characters are Kieran, a vampire and Azrael, an angel. Kieran also happens to be Giovanni’ vampire progeny.
How would you describe your vampire character? Is he/she a lover or fighter? Is the beast within held at bay? Or does he/she go with her passions?
Giovanni is the ultimate “bad boy”, but he still hangs onto his ability to love and have feelings of compassion and loyalty. He has been haunted by the events surrounding his change for hundreds of years, but when he find Rachel he realizes the bigger truth of what and who he is. He is a lover and a fighter, fiercely protective of all he cares about.
What are your thoughts on some of the traditional weaknesses of vampires? Sunlight, crosses, wooden stakes etc. Did you incorporate any of that into your fiction? If not what were some of the weaknesses that your character must avoid?
I follow along the traditional school of thought when it comes to vampires. Mine cannot go in the sun, never age/get sick, grow in strength with the length of their immortality, and are extremely difficult to kill. The only aspect I didn’t adhere to was the religious aspect, my vampires are not afraid of crosses/churches/religious objects.
Go crazy and tell us about your book! Include an excerpt if you like!
Born of Blood and Retribution (Book 3 The Dark Kiss Trilogy)
The world’s first vampire has come calling – and she isn’t happy.
After the brutal showdown with the Demarais and the reunion with Giovanni, Rachel is looking for nothing more than some peace and quiet. Harshika, the world’s first vampire, has other ideas. She's not pleased with the immortal race as a whole, finding them weak and too “human”. When called before her, the immortals are given an ultimatum: Submit to Harshika as her subjects or die. Now Rachel and her old friends must join with new allies to discover Harshika’s weakness…hopefully in time to gain freedom for them all.
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Born-Blood-Retribution-ebook/dp/B005ETS2KM/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1312211625&sr=1-8
Born of Blood and Retribution:
Kieran is a hundred-and-twenty-year-old immortal, originally hailing from the harsh, famine-stricken life of 1880s Ireland. He has surpassed death and thrived, gaining wealth, power and knowledge. Azrael is the angel of death, but his mission is far from ominous. He is the protector of the grief-stricken, and the champion of lost souls. The two are polar opposites in mission and nature, yet are inexplicably drawn to one another. The Supreme One sees all, and when he discovers the truth about the relationship he is enraged. Their commitment to be together must be stronger than his determination to keep them apart.
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Embrace-Life-Death-Liz-Strange/dp/1608203506/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1312211625&sr=1-1
Readers can find out more about me at:
My website: www.lizstrange.com
Lyrical Press: http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=authors&authors_id=127&zenid=7iee3qsu0p6nu9ti5bbe8bjk64
MLR Press: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowAuthorBooks.php?list=_ABKLIST70&author=Liz!Strange