Lets show publishers that vampire novels aren’t dead! Ha...dead vampire books. Anyway, fellow vampire lovers help me welcome Elisabeth Staab!
E: Hehehe. Dead. Thank you so much for having me!
Lexi: Congratulations on your release of book three in the Chronicles of Yavn, Hunter by Night! You have given us Isabel and Thad in King of Darkness, and Tyra and Anton in Prince of Power. Now we finally get Alexia (great name by the way) and Lee. First question is a tough one. Pick your favorite couple.
E: Thank you, thank you, and sorry – can’t choose. *chugs wine* LOL. Okay honestly, like my children, every character and every pairing I’ve written is special to me in a unique way. I will admit, however, that Lee and Alexia do have a little something extra in Hunter by Night. Maybe it’s their chemistry, or the fact that their story has woven its way through the entirety of the Chronicles of Yavn trilogy. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re fresh in my head because their book is most recent, or the fact that Lee slices through underwear with his fangs. Yes, I love them all, but Lee and Alexia do hold a special place in my heart.
Lexi: We get a certain amount of glee from giving you tough choices. But we make up for it with wine. *lifts bottle in question* I am drawn to Lee. The little bit you gave us with books one and two make him out to be the ice berg that sunk the Titanic. You know, only a little on top but a whole lotta something more underneath. How long has Lee been bugging you to write his story?
E: Ooh. Iceberg…. I think that’s an excellent analogy. I discovered a loooot about Lee while writing his book. And I’ll tell you, I always knew Lee’s book would be final one in the trilogy. I could see his relationship with Alexia on the horizon from the first time they were on the page together in King of Darkness, but I also knew they weren’t going to come together easily. I wouldn’t say Lee bugged me, because that’s not his way, it was more like by the end of Prince of Power they’d reached a point where they couldn’t dance around each other anymore. He’d pissed her off, and she’d kicked him in the balls. The next confrontation was either going to get somebody hurt or end in naked times. ;)
I’m a lover, not a fighter, so I always vote for naked times.
Lexi: I am glad it is finally on paper! And for writing another vampire book! I think I will always love reading them and shake my head when I hear publishers say the genre is dead. One because that is very funny to call vampires dead, and two because there are so many of us out there that still love them! Do you come across many fans that thank you for your vamps?
E: I’m so glad too! Lee is a big hero, and wrestling him onto the page wasn’t easy, but boy is it satisfying to have him about to be released into the world. And yes, I encounter a lot of enthusiasm, which does my heart good. I know for my part, I started writing romance with vampires because that was the type of story that made me fall in love with reading romance. I’ve started writing other stuff since then, but even when I was hearing the genre was dead (and I was hearing it before I’d finished writing King of Darkness – the Yavn in Chronicles of Yavn stands for Yet Another Vampire Novel, lol), I knew there had to be other readers out there who loved the genre as much as I did. And I think vampires are here to stay – we lovers of vamps are passionate about our creatures, new readers enter the market every day, and new authors keep putting new twists on the old lore.
Lexi: Consider yourself thanked by this reader. And maybe we can tease a little news out of you...what are your plans for the series? Done, more in your pretty little head?
E: Aww, and thank YOU so much for reading! I am totally grateful. And the answer is complicated. Yes and yes? The decision was made to wrap the series as a trilogy, but those characters are still alive in my head so I can’t say for sure what the future holds. ;)
Lexi: Paranormal forever! Unless you really want to try your hand at historical fiction, go for it. I think you could persuade us to follow you. ;)
Thanks for stopping by today Elisabeth!
E: Oh, wow. I admire historical writers so, so much. All those fancy outfits and swords and titles…. Well, you know, I don’t know, but I’ve learned never to say never. :) Thank you so much for having me today. I have had a blast with this series, and I’m looking forward to whatever the future brings!
Join us this evening to chat with Elisabeth as she takes over the Reading Between the Wines Facebook Page!