It's not a mystery! You gotta love vampires if you're going to write them. But
you also have to know a lot about the lore if you're going to do a new take on a
very old theme. For me, that meant dusting off some of my old favorites and
figuring what to keep and what to throw away.
Hint: My vampires drink coffee and walk in the sun, though they don't
particularly enjoy it!
As for my inspiration for this new series? You have to take a trip back in time
with me! Ready? I give you my all-time favorite things vampire!
Originally published in 1967, this book always goes on my list of all-time
favorite anything! I think it's the first book I ever read and truly fell in
love with. It's suspenseful and sexy and so, so good. In fact, I JUST bought a
new copy because I lost mine and it's time to reread it!
Another reason this goes on my list is because it's the first book my mother and
I actually shared. I read this first part of The Vampire Chronicles
right about the time book two came out, The Vampire Lestat (1985). I
won't tell you my age, but I was a tween. When this second book came out, it was
a fight to see who got to read it first (she did. Moms always win!) and then it
was the longest wait of our lives for the third book, Queen of the
Damned, which was published in 1988.
At the time, I never dreamed I would be writing books, but I know that these
stories introduced me to my future passion.
I like to call this book "the resurrection." It also goes on my list of all-time
favorites because for a very long time I didn't read anything for fun. High
school definitely stole that from me (can anyone tell me why they still insist
on such drab depressing books?) and college definitely did me in. So much heavy
reading, not enough time for real life. I hated books by the time grad school
Fast-forward to 2008! The movie Twilight comes out and my son asks to see it. My
response? "No, thanks. I don't want to see a lame movie about teen vampires."
Well, he did get me to see it, and I thought it was adorable! And then I read
the book and it reminded me that I once loved to read when I was much younger.
(Where did you go, Anne Rice?)
Anyway, since TWILIGHT
was ALL THE RAGE with the ladies at my work, one of the engineers brought up the
fact she was having a Twilight party to celebrate the movie. When I
casually mentioned I really liked the book, she tells me…wait for it…wait for
it… "You should read Charlaine Harris's series. It's like Twilight, but
for grown-ups." Long story short, I read the first book and didn't stop until I
devoured them all.
I loved the humor, the sex, the mystery, and the characters. From that moment, I
knew what had been missing from my life! Books just like these. After a while, I
read just about everything I could in paranormal romance, and then one day, I
decided to write one. The rest is history.
So I guess I should thank Twilight or that engineer (*Waves to
Elizabeth!*), but the real fire ignited with Dead Until Dark.
Why does this go on my list? Errr…have you seen it? Ohmygod. It's so bad, it's
good. I don't want to spoil it, but it's campy dark comedy at its best, and a
pair of very fake plastic teeth are involved. Okay, and we are kept guessing
about his mental state for a while. But when I think about outrageous silly
vampires (like Mr. Nice in my new book), this is who I imagine.
Also, can I just say that Nicolas Cage earns my respect for being a risk-taker?
He's never shied away from trying different things and exploring his range of
talents. The man has balls and this movie proves it.
Chronologically, this should be second on my list as one of my earliest
exposures to vampires. (Oh, darn. Did I just expose my age?) I wasn't very old
when this came out, and my parents were always pretty relaxed. Remember, we're
talking about a time when people didn't wear seat belts and smoked with their
kids in the car with the windows up. Vampires were not on their list of worries!
I think inflation and the Cold War were up there, however. And thank goodness,
because I'm sure seeing this movie, along with all of the other horribly campy
films of the time, gave me a love for screwball vampire comedy. Also, while
Love at First Bite can't ever be claimed as a political statement, when
you peel away the layers of the onion, it's really about loving someone as they
are. Even if they are a really corny vampire.
From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a Horribly
Sunny Mystery, The Librarian's Vampire Assistant. NOBODY MESSES
WITH HIS LIBRARIAN. . . Who killed Michael Vanderhorst's maker? It's a
darn good question. But when the trail brings Michael to hellishly sunny
Phoenix, Arizona, his biggest problem soon becomes a cute little librarian he
can't seem to stay away from. He's never met a bigger danger magnet! Even her
book cart has it out for her. And is that the drug cartel following her around,
too? "Dear God, woman! What have you gotten yourself into?"
from bad to worse when local vampires won't play nice.
four-hundred-year-old vampire keep his librarian safe and himself out of hot
water? Can he bring his maker's killer to justice? Yesterday, he would've said
yes. But yesterday, he didn't have a strange connection with a librarian.
Yesterday, people weren't trying to kill her.
Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is a New York Times & USA Today
bestselling author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance. Both traditionally
and independently published, Mimi has sold over 900,000 books since publishing
her 1st title in 2012, and she plans to spontaneously combust once
she hits the one-million mark. Although she obtained her international MBA and
worked for over 15 years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never
too late to come out of the romance-closet and follow your dreams.
not screaming at her works in progress, Mimi spends time with her two pirates in
training, her loco-for-the-chili-pepper hubby, and rat terriers, Mini & DJ
Princess Snowflake, in Arizona.
She continues to hope that her books will
inspire a leather pants comeback (for men) and that she might make you laugh
when you need it most.