Rachel

It's hard to know where to start, especially as I can't include any excepts or spoilers regarding the book. Hopefully soon, though, so watch this space! I will keep reblogging this amazing cover, though:

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It's by Conzpiracy Digital Arts, so check them out for work of a similar amazing quality. To be honest, it wasn't exactly what I had in mind regarding what Rachel looked like, but I think Katie at Evil Girlfriend, as well as the artist, got it spot on. I honestly can't picture it being any different now.

So who's Rachel? She's British, she's into women, and she lives in Tokyo. Oh, and she drinks blood. And "lives" isn't exactly the right word to use. But I'll be blogging about that aspect later, including my thoughts on the vampire horror genre, and why I chose to write in it, as well as writing women and LGBT characters. I may even include that "straight man writing a female character" lightbulb joke.

Here are some FUN! FACTS! about the book to get you all excited:

  • It's in first person, and we never leave Rachel's head. I wanted to write a story about a monstrous character who does awful things, but still have people rooting for her. First person seemed like the best choice. How far can you push something like that? Apparently, pretty damn far.
  • It was originally set in Thailand, after I lived there for a year.
  • The first draft was a NaNoWriMo. I ran out of steam halfway through, and the final 25,000 words went into the recycle bin afterwards.
  • Seriously, it was BAD! Like, pretty much the first part of the story repeated with some words and situations changed.
  • I'm conflicted about the value of NaNoWriMo. It did get me to write the first draft of my first novel, but it also caused problems in other areas, like making things so... messy! I'm not sure I'd do it again, but it's whatever you want to make of it, really.
  • I took out a whole antagonist before getting to the submissions draft. I kinda liked him, but he was too... cartoonish, maybe?... for the gritty nature of the story.
  • Other than Clive Barker and Vampire: The Masquerade, one of my biggest influences was  Stainless by Todd Grimson. Go read it if you haven't and would love a stylish tale of vampires in modern L.A.
  • 2 beta readers told me that parts of it made them nauseous. I'm okay with that.
  • Rachel swears a lot.