So, today I welcome a special guest who was a bit of a surprise.
I recently read Dark Hunger by Sara Reinke (look for my review of the book later this week) and was surprised when the villain of the book, Monica Davenant offered to come and chat with me. She apparently wants to set the record straight about some things. So here is my interview with Monica…
Hello Monica, thanks for joining me here today. How are you and what have you been up to?
I am fine, thank you…considering I’ve been on the road for more than a week now, forced to assimilate among you humans. I’m of the Brethren, you know — in your gauche vernacular, you’d call my people vampires, as if we’re the ones who are monstrous. For thousands of years, my kind has been forced to live alongside of you, keeping as secreted and separate as we can, and believe me, I could have spent the rest of my life on our horse farm in Kentucky, never setting foot outside of its perimeters to see what a mess you’ve made of the surrounding world. Which is exactly what’s supposed to have happened — no Brethren are allowed to leave without sanction of the clan Elders, our leaders. And yet here I am–here we are, my husband, Martin, and me, forced from our home, following Tessa, his sixth wife–a little shrew and a slut who doesn’t deserve the mantle of Davenant. She ran away, and worse than that, she’s a sneaky little conniving thief and she’s taken money along with some papers from Martin that are irreplaceable. If we don’t find her…if we don’t get those papers back before her grandfather, Augustus Noble, and the other Brethren clan Elders do first, then we’re in serious trouble. Dear God, I don’t even want to think about it.
Wow, sorry to hear about that…I guess. So, have you read Dark Hunger by Sara Reinke? If so, what did you think?
I think Ms. Reinke has a vivid imagination…and a disturbing familiarity with things she shouldn’t rightly know anything about.
Really? Have you read any of Ms. Reinke’s other books?
No. I do not read for pleasure. I find little that humans have to say, write or do of any interest, benefit or value to me in any medium.
Well, I guess that lets me know what you think of me, huh? So, what do you think of Rene and Tessa (for those that don’t know they are the hero and heroine from Dark Hunger)?
Tessa is a scrawny, simpering b*tch, and if it wasn’t for the fact that she’s pregnant — potentially carrying a Davenant son in her misbegotten womb — I would be the first in line to beat her senseless, not to mention lame. As for Rene Morin, the bastard she’s traveling with — I haven’t met him, and have no interest or intention of doing so. He’s nothing, and if he tries to interfere or intervene in our reclaiming that little whore, then it will be a pleasure to rip his throat open and bleed him dry — right in front of Tessa.
Don’t hold back. Tell us how you really feel why don’t ya? *backs up because apparently she doesn’t like sarcasm* Um…how would you describe yourself in three words?
Beautiful. Ambitious. Determined.
Have you ever considered changing your ways?
Dear God, why would I? A woman among the Brethren aspires for nothing more in life than to be the first wife of the first-born son of the clan Elder — an aspiration I have achieved. And if my plans continue to come through to fruition, then in the very near future, I will reach the pinnacle of success for a Brethren woman — the first wife of the clan Elder, the dominant clan, at that.
Well, I have read the book, Dark Hunger, and I wondered if you could do things differently, would you?
Again, why would I? No. Tessa is a b*tch and a thief and a whore. She deserves whatever she gets.
Okay, well, what would you like people to know and understand about your way of life?
I am not a monster. Among the Brethren, women are considered less than nothing. For one to have any hope of being more than this, she must rely on a good match, an arranged marriage that will insure her some benefit, like mine did. It’s a difficult thing to spend every day of your life competing not only for your husband’s affections and physical company against five other women — many of them considerably younger and more nubile than you — but also to plan for the long future to come, to set into motion those events and activities that will not only eventually benefit your clan but your husband, and by that, benefit you, as well.
As for the Brethren way of life, all we want is to be left alone; to associate with humans only in so much as to earn money, build a fortune that will sustain our people and our secreted way of life — well beyond your notice. It’s like trying to be a wolf pack tucked among the sheep fold. You are little more than this to us — sheep or cattle, a means to an end, food upon which we may prey at our leisure, a pestilence we must endure if we’re to survive.
Hmm…I don’t think I have ever quite thought of it that way and I certainly never thought of myself as a sheep or cow, but whatever. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to f*ck my husband. And beat the younger wives into trembling, terrified submission. I take so little pleasure in things…but sex, fear and suffering…yes, these are occasional joys.
Okay…well, on that note, I think our time is up. Thanks for joining me. Is there anything you’d like to ask or tell my blog readers before I run…err..let you go?
Lock your windows. And your doors. There are Brethren roaming among you tonight, and you never know when we might need to feed…
Um…thanks for the warning.
Readers, you can learn more about Sara Reinke’s books at http://www.sarareinke.com/
And as I mentioned look for my reviews of Dark Hunger and the first book in the series, Dark Thirst later this week.