Why I write about Vampires


Why I write about Vampires
A guest post by Caridad Piñeiro

I have a confession to make and it’s possibly a big one for a paranormal romance author:  I’m a ‘fraidy cat.  Totally afraid of the dark.  Plus I pull up my sheets to keep vampires off my neck and always feel a shiver when I step outside and it’s a full moon.

But I’m probably not alone with such fears.  ‘Fess up!  Some of you likely have them as well.

So why do I write paranormals, especially ones about blood-sucking vampires?

Someone once said that if you are able to name something, you are able to lose your fear of it.  So years ago I endured countless Saturday morning thrillerfests with my mom and sis in an effort to rid myself of my fears.  It worked a little.  Only a little.

Many many years later, I was a devotee of the X-Files and Buffy and during a dark period in my life, decided to combine my love of those two shows with my fears to produce the first book in THE CALLING Vampire series.  I mean, what vampire would stand a chance against a kick-ass FBI Agent?

What I didn’t expect was the understanding that came to me about vampires and their loneliness as I wrote the first book.  The understanding about how it must feel to lose everything and everyone that is familiar.  About what it’s like to fall in love with a human even though you know they are born to die and your heartache will continue long after they are gone.

But that wasn’t the only thing that I learned as I crafted THE CALLING and my paranormal romances like THE LOST. I also learned that sometimes it was the humans that were much scarier than the monsters.  Why?  Because the monsters were fiction after all, but humans devoid of all morality or compassion were unfortunately all too real.

Exploring all those facets of vampires and the paranormal world are what keep my writing such stories.  They also keep me hoping that somewhere along the way I’ll be able to shuck away the sheets and walk boldly into the moonlit night.  Or at least I hope they will.

Thanks for dropping by!  Why not take a moment to share your fears and loves about vampires and other creatures of the night.

About the Author:
NY Times and USA TODAY Bestseller
For those who live to love on the edge
THE LOST, August 2011, Forever from Grand Central Publishing
When Herald Angels Sing in A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS anthology, October 2011, HQN
THE FIFTH KINGDOM, July 2011, Carina Press
Visit www.caridad.com for additional information

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