Who? I suppose they're a lot like me (no surprises there). I'm not a teenager, and it's been over three decades since I attended high-school, so my vampires are the ultimate adults and they exist in an adult world. While I recognize Twilight, and such, has a massive following (and more power to them) Those are not the vampires I grew up on and they're not what I want to write about. As one wit said, "I'm tired of vampires you can take home to Mom." Mine tear folks apart with bare talons; rip out beating hearts and bite them like apples. Now that's the sort of vampire I want to watch.
I love dark edgy plots where nearly everybody is up to no good. I think it just makes for more engaging fiction. I write for readers who want the same. I write for people like me who hold down regular jobs, have families, mortgages and busy lives. When I find the time to read a book I want to get a solid return back from my investment of time - a return in the form of satisfying entertainment. Also, I don't want to work too hard. It has to just open up and roll. I figured there must be a lot of people, especially my age - well over 40 - who feel the same way. So that's what I decided I'd write.
About my writing style: I don't claim to be a fantastic writer. I'm no Cormac McCarthy; though I think he's an awesome talent. I just write the kind of stories that I like to read. When I read I want suspense, cliff-hangers, compelling characters, high-tension, high-stakes and all lubricated with loads of violence and sex.
I guess Silo Nine is more techno-thriller than horror. My vampire is infected with some ancient and incredible virus. I made a point of debunking the supernatural associations. As for characters, when I say I like them compelling that doesn't mean nice. Most of my characters do unspeakable things. I write them that way in the hopes people will keep reading. It's all about keeping the reader turning pages, wanting to see what happens next.
I've alluded to seeing, and watching. Before attempting a full novel I wrote spec screenplays so I tend to think in pictures. I see my plots unfold in scenes, like a movie. I hope that's how my novel reveals itself; in a series of vivid mental pictures. How successful I've been I'll leave to the judgement of others.
If you want another perspective, check out my current favourite author, John Locke; his Donovan creed series is a terrific read http://donovancreed.com. He's sold a gazillion novels in only six months so one could do worse than follow his example. Even this page, WIWF (Who I write for), is a shameless copy of his concept, OOU (One of Us), that he uses to describe his devoted fans.
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