Becoming a vampire is easy. Living with the condition, that's the hard part.

I’ve always been a fan of vampires and have read as many books about them as I could. When it came time for me to write my own, I wanted to try and take a slightly different approach. Most books gloss over the actual transition from human to vampire, but I wanted to really focus on that change. I wanted to try and depict the actual hardship involved in the transition.

How could a regular person, who for all intents and purposes is “good, be able to kill another human being for sustenance? Would hunger alone do it? Many might just starve themselves at the idea. From there I had to ask what might motivate a person to finally make that kill? What would the bloodlust be like and how would that kill ultimately affect my main character?

For every question that came up, I found an answer and the scenes began to play out. Over time, Immortalis took shape and with it, the reader gets to experience Alyssa’s journey through the transition to this frightening new world, first hand.

If you’ve read the books, then you know how she ultimately deals with it, but here’s the question: Could you? If you were in the MC shoes in this world, would you be able to deal with the need to drink blood? Would you be able to kill to survive?

Immortalis (Books one & 2)


Stefanie J Pristavu said...

I think I would've done just was Alyssa ends up doing. I'm sure I wouldn't let myself starve or die, but try to make the most of it. I'm at precisely that part in your novel right now (I'm reading it), where she tries to wrap her mind around killing people.
But, no, I don't think I'd have a problem killing bad guys for food. I'd maybe try a bloodbank too, or other options. :)

Katie Salidas said...

The idea of killing someone is just such a huge thing to wrap your head around. Even if they are bad guys, your still taking a life. I'm not sure I could do it. But, then again, I'm a huge softy. =p

Great comment Stef

Unknown said...

Great thinking. I love reading vampire books, especially when they take on a new twist. I've been working on mine for a while now, and I'm like you, needed to think of a different way.

Thanks for posting.

Katie Salidas said...

Good luck with yours Cheree. It's hard to be unique in this market.

About The Author

Katie Salidas is a USA Today bestselling author and RONE award winner known for her unique genre-blending style.

Since 2010 she's penned five bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, Chronicles of the Uprising, and the all-new Agents of A.S.S.E.T. series. As her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

In her spare time Katie also produces and hosts a YouTube talk show; Spilling Ink. She also has a regular column on First Comics News where she explores writing from a nerdy perspective.