Today we're welcoming Michele Drier to chat with us about writing and especially her Kandesky vampires.!
Hi, Michele! How do you take your coffee?
MICHELE: Just black.
Ally: Ah-ha, another hardcore caffeine drinker! While I pour, why don't you show readers your bio and include an extra tidbit that you wouldn't ordinarily mention.
Michele Drier was born in Santa Cruz and is a fifth generation Californian. She’s lived and worked all over the state, calling both Southern and Northern California home. During her career in journalism—as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers—she won awards for producing investigative series.
Her mystery series with newspaper editor Amy Hobbes, includes Edited for Death, called “Riveting and much recommended” by the Midwest Book Review and Labeled for Death. Both are available in paperback and ebook format from on-line book sellers.
Her paranormal romance series, SNAP: The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles, is available in ebook, paperback and audible at ebook retailers. All have received “must read” reviews from the Paranormal Romance Guild. SNAP: The World Unfolds, SNAP: New Talent, Plague: A Love Story and Danube: A Tale of Murder are available singly and in a boxed set at Amazon, B&N and Kobo. The fifth book, SNAP: Love for Blood, rated 5 stars, and sixth, SNAP: Happily Ever After? are available. She’s writing the seventh book in the series, SNAP: White Nights for release in the winter of 2013
Visit her website: http://www.micheledrier.com or facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMicheleDrier or her Amazon author page, http://www.amazon.com/Michele-Drier/e/B005D2YC8G/
MICHELE: And that something extra: I love baroque music (all those glorious notes!)
MICHELE: It’s true, you probably know me as a mystery author. I write the Amy Hobbes Newspaper Mysteries; Edited for Death and Labeled for Death. As I was waiting for publication of Edited for Death, my son-in-law—who reads four or five books a week—said, “Why don’t you write a vampire novel?” As I’d never read fantasy, I said I didn’t know how.
He said, “Go into any bookstore and look at the size of the mystery section then look at the fantasy section and tell me you can’t write a vampire novel!” A few weeks later I was complaining to my daughter that I couldn’t come up with a plot and she said, “Look at celebrities. They all run around at night. They ride in limos with tinted windows. They wear sunglasses all the time. They could all be vampires and we’d never know.”
Et, voila, SNAP was born, an international multimedia celebrity gossip empire of TV shows and magazines owned by the uber-wealthy Kandesky family of Hungary.
Now that I’m working on my seventh book in the Kandesky Vampire Chronicles, SNAP: White Nights (and just published the sixth book, SNAP: Happily Ever After?) I realize I’m crazy about the characters.
I recently saw Janet Evanovich speak and she said when she was writing, she lived in Stephanie Plum’s life and when she woke up in the morning couldn’t wait to go back to it. I know that feeling. Maxie Gwenoch, Jean-Louis and the rest of the Kandeskys are almost as real as my family (and sometimes a whole lot more interesting, LOL!).
Ally: Do your vampires sparkle? :) Tell us what makes your vampire stories stand out from the others?
MICHELE: No, they don’t sparkle. They do glimmer on occasion, though. It evolved as a way to mesmerize donors, and now Jean-Louis uses it as an attraction with Maxie...and it works every time!
What sets them apart is that the Kandeskys gave up killing for food centuries ago and went into business, instead. Now that they’re among the wealthiest families (at least that’s the rumor, all their holdings are in a privately-held corporation) in the world they have to mix with regulars, including sit-dinners for forty or more guests at the Baron’s castle in Hungary. They will sometimes attend functions for work, including fashion week shows in Paris and Milan, galas for the Oscars and Cannes and occasional A-list parties.
These are urbane beings who were patrons of Beethoven, who had David and Sargent paint portraits of their wives, who travel in private jets. Well, they do use demons as servants and bodyguards...very large guys in black suits who carry Sig Sauers loaded with silver bullets.
The Kandeskys do have a dark side in their dealing with the Huszars, a rival family who have kept all the violent trappings of traditional killer vampires, and have waged an on-and-off war with them for centuries.
The Kandeskys are from the past, present and future and are learning and evolving as the world changes around them.
Ally: If you could be a supernatural creature, would it be a vampire or something else? Why?
MICHELE: Ahh, that’s a tough question. I have a friend who writes fantasy (The Synemancer Series) and her creatures are werewolves, witches and warders. Karen Moring writes faes and Jim Butcher writes wizards.
All of them, though are fighting to keep the paranormal world from taking over the world of regulars. I’m not a violent person and that’s why the Kandeskys have chosen to live in the world and with regulars.
I’d probably choose a white witch or a mage...someone with powers for positive change.
A vampire, though? I don’t know if I could give up sunlight and food!
Ally: What kind of mysteries do you write? Tell us a little about them.
MICHELE: I write traditional mysteries, not cozies and not thrillers. The protagonist, Amy Hobbes is a newspaper editor who handles stories of violent crime and murder during her everyday job. She’s no longer a reporter, but misses the adrenaline of covering homicide and works closely with her cops reporter, Clarice, on digging into some seemingly senseless murders to find out the “why”.
She’s someone who’s always loved to put together puzzles...whether crosswords or crime and this curiosity leads her to assign stories about those things in life that make you say, “Huh?”
She’s been married twice. Her first husband, a cop, was killed in a high-speed chase. Her second husband, a political consultant and who she moved to the small town of Monroe for, left her for his pregnant girlfriend. With her daughter now in college, she’s not looking for love, but a relationship seems to be building with an old friend.
I like her. She has vulnerabilities, can’t always keep the supervisor/friend line drawn between her and Clarice, wants to do the best job she’s capable of and pushes her staff to do the same, loves her daughter and despairs that she’ll ever have a “real” career...all those things that keep women awake at night.
Ally: Let's try some Quick Answer Questions:
- Do you write best in the morning or at night? My best time to put in a few hours of writing is the afternoon.
- pantser or plotter? Pantser, although I always know what’s at the end.
- an item on your bucket list. To live in France for at least a year.
- favorite day of the year & why? Midsummer’s Eve. I love a long, light evening.
- last place you went shopping. Besides the grocery store? Probably PetSmart.
Ally: I've loved hearing about your writing today, but I'm dying to see your latest book... :)
BLURB: SNAP: Happily Ever After?
Loving Jean-Louis for eternity doesn't mean that Maxie Gwenoch will let him turn her. Jean-Louis is a vampire, is gorgeous, is the second-in-command of the Kandesky Family of Hungarian vampires, and is her boss at SNAP, the multinational, multimedia celeb gossip empire where she is the VP for International Planning. She moves to Kiev to build a home with Jean-Louis and finds her future under a cloud from Leonid, a rival from the Huszar family, now living in a bolthole in the ruins of Chernobyl. Will Maxie find safety by giving up her days and joining Jean-Louis in the vampire nights?
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