Who still likes vampires? Okay, I see a few people with their hands half raised; a few timid faces and dropped glances. I know. I’ve been there and yes, I’ve heard it all before, but I’m here to say, my name is R.J. Garside and yes, I still like vampires.
I write paranormal romance, specifically I am currently writing a series on a clan of vampires, I feel and hear the pressures of an already saturated vampire market. I frequently encounter the question: “what’s different about yours?”
Now the world of vampires differ from the world of any other paranormal creatures because they are considered the perennial favorite. They have been done over and over again. Readers that are still buying vampire books are in search of something new. A world featuring vampires requires a twist, a quality or characteristic that sets your vamps apart from all the others on the market, something fresh and exciting. Yet, if you stray too far from the original blueprint you run the risk of not being believable or the reader questioning every new characteristic that sets them apart.
When I first started developing “Dark Healing”, I had no idea what type of knowledge I would need for my vampire world. I had devoured dozens of vampire romance books and just assumed writing the traditional sexy bloodsucker. Then came those questions...
Frustrated and discouraged, I turned to the internet for research on something - anything that would make my vampires “mine”. After countless hours I came up empty handed. Everything had been done. My husband (who has never read a vampire book in his life) incessantly projected the concept of a “toothless” vampire, but I couldn’t imagine my super sexy stud without fangs.
Just when I thought that I was one of those people sick of vampires, I met Quinn. As I uncovered his characteristics and qualities, I learned all I needed to know about my vampire world. He revealed his strengths and confessed his weaknesses. Apparently all I had to do was ask.
My vampires don’t sparkle, but hopefully one day they will shine.