Friday, February 13, 2009

Vampire Stuff

Something really fun about writing vampire stories is the freedom to decide just what 'traditional' vampire traits you want to incorporate into your story.

Stephenie Meyer, who wrote a series called, um ... what was it again? ... midnight? sunrise? High Noon? ...

(fingers drumming)

Oh, yeah, Twilight. You may have heard of it.

Anyway, her vampires don't go out in the daylight, not because the sun will crisp their toast, but because they sparkle all prettily in the sunlight. So they have to avoid the sun for that reason.

Yeah, I thought it was a bit lame, but (shrug) she's famous and, well, I'm not. So sparkly vampires it is.

Not so in Fang Face. I kept some traditional vampire stuff, like the sun hurting them, garlic avoidance, sleeping in coffins, stuff like that. But I made departures where I wanted to, like it takes three bites to turn someone into an Undead, and I did something else with the bats and flying.

There's a freedom to being a writer, and I really enjoy pushing boundaries and concepts. My Adventures of Guy series not only break the fourth wall, but in my third WIP book I knock it down with the finality of the Berlin Wall falling.

All in the name of good fun, good story telling and, well, I gotta amuse myself.

Oh, by the way, I have a new book out! Check out Missing by clicking on the title to the left. Or click Missing here, or here, or here ...

More on Missing next time. Click here, and here and here ...



Read excerpts and stuff at


  1. You crack me up! And not just in the daylight.

    the new picture is great!


  2. Read the MISSING story, Norm. Fun and funny!


  3. Nice job with the links there. Every single one works!
    I got bored and this article has provided a great deal of amusement, thank you.