Vampire Of Blackpool by Catherine Green
Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?
A) I am a British paranormal romance and contemporary English Gothic author, inspired by the seaside and our favourite holiday resorts here in the UK. My new novel, Vampire of Blackpool, is set in a place where I spent lots of time as a child, and continue to visit regularly now with my own children.
A contemporary English Gothic story, it tells the tale of vampire Meredith Hanson, her love interest Samantha Morris, and her rival, the vampire hunter Ryan James. The novel is strictly for an adult audience, and my vampires do not sparkle!
The vampire, the witch, and the hunter battle it out in a contemporary Gothic adventure in Northern England.
Meredith Hanson lives in Blackpool, the former Victorian holiday hotspot of Northern England. She masquerades as a reclusive author, feeding on the blood of unsuspecting tourists without remorse. Her life takes on new meaning when she meets a young witch in a local pub one evening. Despite Meredith’s cold demeanour, she finds herself oddly fascinated with Samantha Morris, and falls into an accidental relationship with the girl. It is at this time that a vampire hunter arrives in Blackpool. He is tough, he is determined, and his next target is an ancient vampire that has been spotted in the tourist town. He intends to bring her down and destroy her to save the lives of innocent humans. Will he succeed? Or will the experienced vampire seductress be the cause of his undoing?
The Vampire of Blackpool is available to order in paperback and eBook formats via Catherine’s website www.catherinegreenauthor.blogspot.com or you can find it in Amazon and other eBook stores.
Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?
A) I suppose the story began to surface all those years ago when I was a child. I have been fascinated with the paranormal world ever since I first learned to read, and I would always sense something “other” as I went about my daily business. Blackpool is such an intriguing place, full of vibrant personalities, an unpredictable shoreline, and the mix of old and new architecture. It seemed the perfect place for a vampire to hide, and the ideal hunting ground for fresh, human blood. I think it was already in my mind, waiting to be written, and I used NaNoWriMo as the time to do so.
Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?
A) Oh, I have lots! More recently I enjoyed reading She Wolf by Elizabeth Morgan – Scottish werewolves, need I say more?! I am keen to read other British paranormal novels, because most of what I previously read was by American authors. My first experience of the genre was the Nightworld series of vampire novels by L.J. Smith when I was a teenager. They set my imagination well and truly alight! I then moved on to Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, and found my way to the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K Hamilton.
Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?
A) Oops, I already mentioned a teenage one in the previous question! As a child I loved reading books by Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. I was obsessed with the original Mallory Towers series, and the Famous Five. My favourite Roald Dahl stories were Matilda and The Witches. As I got older I enjoyed books by Judy Blume, and the Anastasia Krupnik series by Lois Lowry.
Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?
A) Putting my paperback novels on the bookshelf next to the collections by my favourite famous authors! I keep moving them around, and positioning them so that every time I walk past the bookcase, I smile to myself and enjoy a little moment of pride.
Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?
A) Definitely my friends and my mum! Although she doesn’t enjoy paranormal stories, and she finds my novels quite scary, my mum will always buy a new release and talk about the books with me, even if she can’t always read them all the way through. I received inspiration for Vampire of Blackpool when I visited the town with my close friend Joanna, and she helped me to compose titles for my Redcliffe novels series. And then there is my “wifey,” Natalie, who helped create the absolutely stunning artwork that you see on the novel, and always has encouraging words on days when I struggle.
Author of British paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels, Catherine Green was raised on books from a young age, and has happy memories of Saturday mornings spent in her small local library, devouring the contents of the shelves. Catherine has always been fascinated by the supernatural world, and it feels natural for her to write about vampires, werewolves, witches and other mystical creatures in her contemporary stories.
If you sign up to Catherine’s newsletter, she will send you a free copy of her Redcliffe short story, It’s Complicated, to introduce you to her fictional supernatural seaside town in Cornwall, England.
More recently, Catherine released her contemporary English Gothic novel, The Vampire of Blackpool. These novels will show you the darker, sexier side of our favourite British seaside resorts!
You can find Catherine in the following places:
Author blog: http://www.catherinegreenauthor.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter page: https://twitter.com/SpookyMrsGreen
The Pagan Housewife Blog: http://spookymrsgreen.com/
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