The Vampire’s Rival
Undead in Brown County, Book Six
Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: Read and Wright Publishing LLC
Number of pages: 107
Word Count: 32,000
Cover Artist: S.J. Wright
A surprise visitor shows up at Sarah and Michael's lake house in Indiana. His story is one that intrigues and frightens Sarah. What frightens her more is the growing attraction she begins to feel for this new vampire.
Can she choose between Michael and a vampire she barely knows? Or will that choice be taken from her?
S.J. Wright first began writing stories when she was twelve years old. She has been a cashier, a receptionist, a factory worker and has served a multitude of other roles over the years. Her favorite role has been that of a mother to her two sons.
The Undead in Brown County series takes place in Brown County, Indiana. She began writing the series in October of 2010. In February of 2011, she published her first novel The Vampire's Warden as an ebook on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Since then, she has released five more books in the series.
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Please welcome The Vampire’s Rival author S.J. Wright to Diane’s Book Blog.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Vampires became a focus for me after reading Twilight and watching the Vampire Diaries TV show. I also wanted to bring my home state of Indiana into the story somehow. Vampires on a farm? As far as I knew, no one had done anything like it before. So I went with it.
What is your favorite book that you wrote?
My first book, The Vampire’s Warden, was released in 2012 and I’m very proud of what I accomplished with that book, as well as the five books that followed.
What books have most influenced your life?
The books from my childhood had a great impact on me. A few examples would be The Black Stallion, My Friend Flicka and Jacob Have I Loved. As an adult, my tastes obviously changed. Now there are three books that I tend to read over and over again. Those would be Gone With the Wind, The Other Boleyn Girl and Wuthering Heights, although Wuthering Heights can be quite a downer.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
It can be solved by two different methods. If I see something exciting that I think could fit into my current project, that usually jumpstarts my imagination. The less fun way to get over writer’s block is to sit down and force myself to type.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My new series, As the Wolf Runs, picks up where Undead in Brown County left off. Everyone’s favorite character, Michael, will be a permanent part of the entire series and Sarah may make a contribution as well. The new series focuses on one of my main characters from the first series. Her name is Kate Wood, sister to my protagonist, Sarah. She and another main character (Alex) begin working out their own story, which begins with her being a rogue vampire assassin.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Longtime fans of my series have always been big fans of Michael. In this book, he crosses a line and may not ever be truly redeemed. The reason I did this was more personal than professional. I recently went through a really horrible divorce, and sometimes writers tend to illuminate personal tragedy in a circumspect way to their readers. Sometimes it elicits a negative reaction, which I expected would happen with this book. But I want to reassure my readers that Michael still does have a chance to redeem himself and Sarah will be back as well.