Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Guest Blog with Lois Gresh & Fantastic BLOOD & ICE Contest!
The internets are a marvelous thing -- I recently made the online acquaintance with Lois H. Gresh, NYTs bestselling author of 21 books, and the upcoming novel, Blood and Ice. Lois's many stories have appeared in anthologies like Fear the Fever and 100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories.
I was delighted when she accepted my invitation to guest blog at Vampire Wire about her writing and her vampire horror novel.
She is offering an amazing prize for a contest: the winner of the random drawing will have her/his name included in the October print edition of Blood and Ice! Read to the bottom of the post for contest information.
LOIS GRESH: VAMPIRES AND BEEF STEW
Hi, and my thanks to Marta Acosta and Vampire Wire for hosting me today. I’m Lois Gresh, New York Times Best-Selling Author (2008 & 2009) and Publisher's Weekly Best-Selling Paperback Author (2009). I’ve written more than 20 books, which have been published in approximately 20 languages.
Current book projects include vampire horror novel BLOOD AND ICE (Oct 2010), a vampire romance written under a pseudonym, and short story collection ELDRITCH EVOLUTIONS (2011).
I'm writing this article on a Sunday evening, and it occurs to me that a modern girl should have something better to do than moon about vampires, ghouls, and other supernatural creatures night after night, alone in a basement hole with a keyboard.
On the floor above me, people are eating dinner: the smell of beef stew is wafting through the ceiling, and I can't decide whether it's making me nauseous or hungry. I'm sucking down generic diet cola, not a particularly nutritious meal but definitely on par with what I've been "eating" lately.
A liquid diet? Coffee in the morning, generic diet cola at night...
I started thinking that perhaps I've been writing about vampires for too long!
Today, I finally forced myself to leave the keyboard and my abode. I ventured out to buy a heating pad for my back, which is aching from being chained to the keyboard for 12 hours per day. While at the local Walmart-Target-name a cheap store, I also found black pants, black t-shirts, and black hoodies: nine bucks apiece, so I stocked up.
Wearing all black? Okay, I dressed in all black for more than ten years - back in the day when I was broke and wearing the same thing every day made life easy. I mean, I didn't have to buy pink shirts to go with pink socks; or white shirts that had to be ironed; or pantyhose, skirts, or dresses. I just wore black pants with a black t-shirt and black crew socks (and black underwear) every single day. What a simple (yet somewhat dead) life!
Over the years, I gradually cultivated a taste for more colorful clothes. For five years, I wore neon ankle socks. Then I started wearing solid non-black t-shirts. Wow!
Yes, and I was also eating solid food! For many years!
So why am I now on a liquid diet in black clothes in a basement hole, writing vampire novels?
It's like riding a bike: we never forget how to do that, so why should we forget what it's like to live and breathe vampires 24 hours a day?
If I can satisfy my vampy lust by writing vampy novels, I'm happy. Whether the subject of horror or romance, vampires are sexy and intoxicating.
Of course, I also like zombies (as in my story, JULIA BRANCHILD in Hungry for Your Love: A Zombie Romance Anthology - e-format from Ravenous Romance, Oct 2009; print edition from St. Martin’s Press, Oct 2010).
And female creatures of my own concoction (as in my story, THE LAGOON OF INSANE PLANTS in Ancient Shadows, 2010).
And murder mysteries, thrillers, adventure stories, and... well, I guess that I've written a lot of stories in a lot of areas!
Anyway, please look for BLOOD AND ICE in Oct 2010! For now, Marta is offering one lucky winner the chance to have his or her name used in BLOOD AND ICE.
Be forewarned: You'll be a secondary character and I may have to kill you off (author's prerogative).
I'll be back circa Nov 2010 for a BLOOD AND ICE giveaway contest and to answer questions about the novel. I'll probably be reading HAUNTED HONEYMOON AT CASA DRACULA by my gracious hostess, Marta Acosta, so we can talk about that, too!
Thanks, Lois, and looking forward to having you here again when your book is available in October!
Visit Lois's website to learn more about her books and to read her blog.
CONTEST RULES: This is such a great prize that I have to run the contest through the evening of Monday, March 2, 2010. Lois shared with us a few of her writerly eccentricities, such as living on diet generic soda and dressing in all-black for economy and efficiency.
To enter the contest, leave a comment sharing one of your quirks with us -- what slightly peculiar thing do you do? I'm with Lois on the socks -- I only buy black socks so they all match (well, sort of) and I need to have my mini-Slinky by my side to fidget with when my brain gets blocked. Oh, yeah, I'm hooked on the most difficult version of Spider Solitaire and I will play the same game over and over until I win.
GRATUITOUS VIDEOS OF THE DAY
In honor of our guest, Lois Gresh, and her fondness for the zombies, here's a video tribute to my favorite zombie movie, "Shaun of the Dead."
This is really clever, but there are a few curses so don't play it loud in the office.
And now for something prettier.
Posted by Marta at 8:33 AM