I'm frequently asked about background issues in the series. Since many of these will never actually make it into the books or you might have missed the quick reference, I'm going to tackle some of those questions today.
Q: What happened to Ari's ex-boyfriend?
A: If you're talking about her long-term relationship with Simon, the wizard, he cheated on her, and Ari dumped him. He was a teenage crush, and they eventually outgrew one another. She hasn't seen him in two years when the series starts, and I don't expect him to make an appearance in the books.
Q: When and why did Andreas come to America?
A: He left Italy and came to America in 1845 when his failure to age could no longer be concealed. He was 29 when transformed to vampirism in 1815. By 1845, he should have looked 59. It's hard to convince people good genes could knock off that many years! :)
Q: What happened to Ari's parents?
A: They were killed in a boat incident when she was six. The details have not been addressed in the series, but I'm still considering a short story or novella to reveal that event.
Q: Will Ryan ever find a steady girl?
A: Wait and see. I intend to answer this question before the series is over.
Q: Are Hernando and Bella just cats or familiars?
A: Maybe, maybe not.
Q: Where are Ari's siblings?
A: She has a brother referred to as Robbie, and a sister, we only know as Sis. They are both married and raising families out of state. Neither is a practicing witch/warlock.
Q: Where is Riverdale?
A: My fictional city was inspired by the resort town of Galena, Illinois. It is quite hilly, with old buildings, a Victorian mansion or two, horse drawn carriages, and antique stores in the tourist area. I made the town bigger and moved it onto the cliffs, over the vampire caverns!
Q: Where can I explore the vampire caverns?
A: Only in my books! They are a compilation of dozens of caves I've visited, including Mark Twain Cave in Missouri and Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.
So there you have it. The insider information. Hope you enjoyed this series extra!
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