Okay…for some reason the post disappeared this afternoon, but here it is…hopefully everything is okay…
I am thrilled to have Nancy Haddock as a guest on my blog! Her debut, La Vida Vampire is being released by Berkley in April 2008 (yes, a looonng time from now…but it is never too early to start spreading the word)!
When I first visited Nancy’s website to find out more about her and her upcoming book and read “A Gidget-esque vampire who loves to surf solves mysteries with an ex-vampire hunter” I have to admit I got excited (okay, really, really excited…just ask Nancy…LOL). As a life-long Gidget fan (I own all the DVDs) and fan of vampire stories this one sounded good(not to mention that the setting was one I was familiar with having just taken a trip there)!
Then she sent me this and I became even more eager to read it!
She’s Gidget with fangs? Cowabunga!
Cesca Marinelli is not your typical vampire. Buried for more than 200 years in a smelly coffin under an old Victorian house, she is unearthed in a time when vampires are a protected species. Cesca dives into her second chance at afterlife, and is soon living la vida vampire as a surfer girl, a fiend for bridge, and a ghost tour guide in St. Augustine, Florida.
Cesca is riding the wave of “perfectly normal” … until the tide turns and brings a stalker, a shifter, and a killer into the picture. Suddenly Cesca is a murder suspect, and is forced to team up with sexy ex-slayer Deke Saber to solve the case. Saber insists that Cesca stop passing for mortal and embrace her vamp powers. If she doesn’t, she could be the next victim — and this time, the wipe out will be permanent.
Now here is Nancy’s wonderful guest blog explaining how she got the idea for this series…
I Feel an Idea Coming on, Sabu!
By Nancy Haddock
Okay, I confess. Even when I’m writing, I read on the order of five books a week – and have the sales slips to prove it! At some point in devouring a book, I always wonder where the writer came up with a particular idea, character or twist to the story.
I know that snippets of conversation, people watching, even seeing a house set in amazing grounds may fire my imagination. What I didn’t expect was that a peanut commercial would be the jumping off point the book that led to my first sale and a new series from Berkley.
That’s right, a peanut butter commercial inspired La Vida Vampire (April 2008). The commercial doesn’t run often now, but it’s the one that features two little girls having a sleepover. For one child, it appears to be her first time to spend the night away from home, so her hostess suggests things they can do. Part of the line the hostess says is along the lines of, “We can play Crazy Eights, or we can watch this Princess Vampire video.”
Say what? Princess Vampire? Little kids, maybe all of age six, are watching something called Princess Vampire?
Okay, so I figured that’s not how the script had read, but it’s what I heard, and it sparked the idea for La Vida Vampire. For close to a year, I developed with the concept, the main character, her history, what kind of interests and job she might have.
Problem was, no matter how much I waded through my stash of baby name books, I couldn’t pin down my character’s name. Then, a writer friend suggested Francesca, and I broke out in goose bumps. Cesca was born at last, and the soul of her story began taking solid shape.
A huge part of Cesca’s story is her name and background, but an even larger part revolves around where she lives. St. Augustine, Florida is a little bit of heaven with a long, rich history, amazing artistic energy, and the beach. Ah, yes, the beach! So, when Cesca assured me she was a part day-walker, she insisted on learning to surf. And that was only one of her surprises for me.
Are my eyes and ears alert for the next bit of inspiration for Cesca’s series? Oh, yes! After all, my favorite T-shirt reads, WARNING: What you do may appear in my next book!
And my next favorite reads: Write with Passion, Touch Hearts, Scorch Dinner.
The last is never a problem!
Thank you so much for that wonderful blog, Nancy!
And remember readers to pick up your copy of La Vida Vampire (April 2008)…don’t worry, I am sure I will remind you! 🙂
Until then find out more about Nancy at her website: http://www.nancyhaddock.com/
One lucky commenter will win a little something in the way of a St. Augustine memento. So make sure to leave a comment below to be entered!
Winner will be announced on Sunday so check back then!