"There is not a single dull moment in this book... A Violet Fire has all the ingredients to become the next Hollywood movie about vampires." — Readers' Favorite
Release Date: December 9th, 2019
In the Vampire Stratocracy of Cain, human blood is scarce. For centuries, councils have sought to assuage the blood shortage by enslaving and breeding humans, turning them into profitable supply units for the rich and the abled.
Today, eighteen-year-old Wavorly Sterling is officially a supply unit, bound to serve her blood willingly to her master for the rest of her life. One of only few humans that was not bred in Cain, Wavorly knows freedom better than anyone, and she is determined to escape the clutches of her oppressors—despite the allure of forbidden love.
Why Vampire Stories Never Die
Much like the creatures that inhabit them, vampire stories are evidently exempt from dying. From the horrific encounters of Dracula and Nosferatu, to their romanticized and somewhat sparkly counterparts—vampires are very much alive and thriving (to the chagrin of immortal scholars everywhere). But why do we mortals consistently find blood-lusting creatures of the night to be so interesting, vexing, and darkly attractive enough to continue to write and read about them?
Well for one, they have a deeply fascinating lore. The original tales of the humanoid monsters that lurk in the night for the blood of their once-brethren are spooky to be sure, but drip in the dark details such as death by wooden stakes, aversion to crosses, holy water, garlic, and—of course—the unfortunate burning in the sunlight bit, and there becomes a sense of believability—much like the existence of sasquatch, or “Big Foot.” When you have a believable creature by way of impertinent attention to detail and timelessness, you then get curiosity.
And that brings me to reason number two for why vampire stories never die. Sexual tension is always accompanied by curiosity.
And this is how we went from the terrifying vamps of the 1800s to the sexy and sparkly vamps of the early 2000s in just one, horrifying sentence!
Stay with me here… you take a powerfully ugly creature, give it abs and oddly-colored eyes, and suddenly that grotesque habit of eating the very stuff that keeps you alive is… sexy. Their conflicted desire to both kill you and love you is tragically romantic (and everyone loves a bad romance). It also helps that most romantics like the idea of fixing or saving someone, and vampires are the epitome of tortured souls in need of saving (just look at those cavernous eye sockets). And for some reason, people like me (let’s be real, people like us) just really like the idea of being able to un-torture a dark and sexy soul. For example, taking the main vampire character from my debut, A Violet Fire:
“Oh, poor super-powerful Zein who is both horribly cruel and lacking in discipline, happens to have a soft spot for dear, sweet sarcastic Wavorly unlike anything he has ever felt before, and so he just really needs someone to love him the way he clearly needs!”
And yet, does he really need it? Or do I just want the idea of forbidden love to be the elixir to his tortured soul? I ponder while drinking a glass of Franzia wine. Either way, I like it.
The third and final reason is pretty simple. So long people keep reading about vampires and making up their own rules and worlds involving vampires, then the excitement surrounding them will never die. It’s a perpetual cycle of fearsome fascination and captivating curiosity.
About the author:
Kelsey Quick is a novelist, artist, and businesswoman who loves her husband, huskies, and video games. Since the age of two, Kelsey has been bound and determined to create. From traditional impressionist paintings, to digital comic creation; from fanfiction to full-length novels… her desire for crisp and prime escapism is never-ending. A Violet Fire is her debut novel, harboring the idea she’s had and held dear to her heart for over a decade.
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