Here we are at Day 24 with Joleene Naylor! If you’re looking for sparkly vampires, you’ve come to the wrong place.
When Patrick is murdered, Katelina is left with questions. Jorick, one of his so-called friends, has answers of the darkest kind: Patrick was involved with – and betrayed – a coven of vampires; vampires that may now be after Katelina.
The tale is fantastic, but the proof appears in a flash of fangs that Katelina and Jorick only just escape. Taken to a secret mansion, she discovers horror in its halls and learns the truth about her protector. Blood and destruction follow, and leave scars Katelina may never heal from.
The disturbing opener to the Amaranthine series pulls Katelina into darkness that tastes like fear and smells like blood, a world where night is eternal and vampires don’t sparkle.
How long have you been writing horror/thrillers and what drew you to the genre?
I’ve been writing horror since high school. I try to write other things – happy things – but I don’t have that kind of an imagination. In any given situation I can tell you at least three ways you could die – and at least one of those is paranormal (I never quite stopped believing in monsters). The question is whether I have a vivid imagination because I’m a scardey cat, or if I’m a scaredy cat because of my imagination.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I was unhappy with the vampire books of the time – the “average woman” was either completely useless or else instantly turned into a kick-butt killing machine. Neither seemed plausible to me, and I wanted Katelina to be somewhere in the middle, and I wanted the vampires to be real vampires – to have that sense of uncertainty to them. I wanted to say “Even if the vampires are your friends, as a human you could still be on the menu.”
If you could erase one horror cliché, what would it be?
The brainless zombie-like vampire. I hate that more than the sparkling kind – at least those were something different and can pass an SAT test. To make them into brainless undead things…why not just go with zombies and forget it?
What are you working on now?
I’ve just had two short horror stories published in the Ink Slinger’s anthology When the Lights Go Out, and I’m working on the eighth book in the Amaranthine series (Masque of the Vampire). I also have a prequel rough drafted – the story of Patrick and how he got into the mess in the first place. Masque of the Vampire will be release April 1st 2016.
Favorite horror movie and book?
This one is hard! I’m going to cheat a little on the book and say The Complete Works of Poe. I love how his writing is both creepy and beautiful at the same time. And for the movie The Orphanage pops in my head. It’s the scene where she plays the 1, 2, 3, knock on the wall, then turns around and – goosebumps!
Joleene Naylor is the author of the glitter-less Amaranthine series, a world where vampires aren’t for children. As a complement to the novel series, she has also written several short stories, including the Vampire Morsels and a companion handbook to the universe, the Amaranthine Files.
In what little time is left she creates book covers, watches anime, and blogs, all from a crooked Victorian house in Villisca, Iowa. Between her husband and her pets, she is never lonely. Should she disappear one might look for her on a beach in Tahiti, sipping a tropical drink and wearing a disguise.
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