Vampire Invasion’s Maalox Moment

As I progress through “Vampire Invasion”, book three of the Vampire Syndrome Saga, I recall the days of 2012, when I was pitching Vampire Syndrome to New York publishers.

One of my rejection letters said V.S. wasn’t “innovative” enough. A vampire with Down Syndrome battling his own kind, and aliens, wasn’t innovative enough? ;-)

Now that I’ve checked out what this same company released for paranormal titles in 2013 and 2014, I can see the opposite is true. Vampire Syndrome was too innovative. This company subsides on paranormal comfort food, light reading to fill the mass market racks at general retailers. Vampire Syndrome would have been a diamond in their coal mine… which doesn’t work so well when the company runs on coal.

When I was writing Chapter Six of “Vampire Invasion”, I had a moment of realization. After the leader of the alien Pure Vampires makes a dramatic disclosure of a huge secret kept quiet for decades, I flash back to 1951, in another character’s POV. This is a moment that might have caused a New York editor to reach for their antacids. :twisted:

When I told our editors about this, my chief editor replied “You don’t have to worry about it.” I truly appreciate my publisher’s willingness to support innovation, down to the ‘minor’ details. Thank you, PDMI Publishing!

And here’s a sneak preview for you. Remember, this is what comes right after the leader of the alien Pure Vampires has made his big dramatic reveal. And yes, the end of the flashback will tie in perfectly… ;-)

Lilith:

Dear Diary, Sunday, June 24, 1951

Another day in the doldrums. Difficult to fathom that I could succumb to such boredom, being who I am. The first woman to serve as President of the Council of Thirteen, yet I feel like my own secretary. Listless. Perhaps I have performed my duties too well, for our community has been orderly as the Normals’ new swaths of suburbia. I peer out the window at my new Cadillac convertible. Detroit’s finest shining manifest of overhead-valve Hydramatic glory, yet with none of the handmade soul of my 1930 Cadillac Sixteen roadster. Even the Normals realize what they’ve lost, redefining those cars of true elegance crafted in the pre-war glory times to be “classics.” Automobiles destined for car shows and museums instead of the highways, the latest generation of Normals destined to be forever blind to the heights of hand-craftsmanship that ruled the roads but a score ago. I would take my Sixteen out on this lovely day and display its full mechanical finery, the type of which now eludes the Normals’ routine sights, but alas I would be accosted by throngs of enthusiastic Normals at every filling station. Even the pump attendants never fail to inquire if my Sixteen is for sale, as if they could afford it. But I know full well, at times those of superior structure will have to conceal themselves from the humdrum and mundane. Yet the ennui of the everyday Normal routine is ever reaching out its hand of blandness to me, as if the tedium of post-war Normal life is ready at every turn to suck even us bloodsuckers into the empty eye of its silent storm.

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What Are the REAL Odds of Being a Successful Author?

Daven Anderson:

Published authors are “one in a million”, even if it’s more like “one in a hundred thousand” in literal terms of the population…
Success is a ladder you have to climb one step at a time! :-)

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

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Image via Flikr Creative Commons Hakan Dalstrom

I didn’t even consider becoming a writer until 1999 after my father passed away suddenly. Funny how death can make us take a hard look at life, right? Anyway, I recall feeling soooo overwhelmed. I mean my odds of even getting published were about as good as winning the lottery. And the odds of becoming a best-selling author? Well, mathematically speaking, I had a slightly greater chance of being mauled by a black bear and polar bear on the same day.

It was all I could do not to give up before I began.

But, after over 14 years doing this “writer thing,” I have a new perspective. Often it feels like we are the victims of fate, at the mercy of the universe, when actually it is pretty shocking how much of our own destiny we control. The good news is that…

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S E D I T I O U S ~ PRE-SALE ~ Blog Hop!

Daven Anderson:

I’m ALWAYS glad to support the wonderful Emily Guido!
“Seditious” has two of the best villains I’ve ever read in a paranormal novel, the wicked temptress Bathsheba and the dashing Lord Cromwell. If you don’t have your copy, now’s your chance to pick up the Kindle at the pre-sale price of $2.99.

Originally posted on "The Light-Bearer Series" ~ by Emily Guido:

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Seditiousis the perfect title for the 4th book in The Light-Bearer Series. This book captures jealousy, deceit, and restoration of love flawlessly.

Life at the Castle Charmeine is blissful until reality of the ruling the Elder Council of the Blood-Hunters causes dissent. An unexpected depth to both Tabbruis and Dmitri’s personalities humanizes both men.

This novel shows a side to Tabbruis and Charmeine’s relationship which will throw any reader of The Light-Bearer Series off kilter.

Seditiousis the continuation of their romantic and turbulent love story and mission on Earth to battle Lucifer’s minions!

Lord Cromwell is a lethal Blood-Hunter who has escaped the Elder Council Prison. He sends his beautiful agent to cause destruction to those who live at the Castle Charmeine.

Bathsheba is a deadly, sexy, and vicious siren who threatens Charmeine and Baby Hunter. Not just with her present actions, but, with the past she shares…

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Blog Talk Radio: Jeff Trek interviews Daven Anderson, author of “Vampire Syndrome”

Join me on Blog Talk Radio next Saturday, November 29th, 2014 at 5:30PM Eastern Time for my interview, hosted by Jeff Trek.

“Can a vampire with Down Syndrome survive? “Vampire Syndrome”, the novel that truly goes where no paranormal story has gone before. Join us as we welcome Author Daven Anderson and his world of extraterrestrial vampires to the program.”

Author Daven Anderson discusses his “Vampire Syndrome” Saga with Jeff Trek on Blog Talk Radio

Blog Talk Radio Jeff Trek Interview

Book Promotion that Makes an Impression—Don’t Advertise When You Can PADvertise

Daven Anderson:

Attack of the Agent Query panty liner…
Another brilliant, laugh-out-loud post from Kristen Lamb!

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

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Since most of us are neck-deep in work and NaNoWriMo, I thought it was time to talk about something OTHER than writing. How are you going to MARKET that NaNo novel by December 3rd, 2014?

Only amateurs need “revisions” *rolls eyes*.

We all know what we are writing is PURE GOLD begging to be unleashed  available for purchase in time to pay off all the money we’ll spend on Christmas gifts. That and being a NYTBSA by the end of January of 2015 is a great start, right?

Any of you who regularly follow my blog know that I am totally out of my mind a bit eccentric. Saturday, Hubby took pity on me and let us go out to eat (a rare treat around here). As I closed the door to the stall, I noticed all the advertising on the back of the bathroom door. This cluttered wall of…

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Seven Tropes of Science Fiction

Daven Anderson:

The Walking (on the studio lot) Dead: Matters of story convenience usually trump reality. ;-)

Originally posted on Write on the River:

walking_dead_510You don’t want to be next to me watching some of these shows and movie. Cool Gus even moves away some times and my wife tells me to shut up. So I’m venting here about some of the tropes of science fiction shows:

  1. Why is everyone wandering around the streets in the post-apocalyptic world? Isn’t anyone working? Patrolling? Farming? In Walking Dead there were, I believe, 72 people in the Governor’s town. In most scenes there were like 100 people wandering about walking from point A to point B for no apparent reason.
  2. Who feeds those fires in the large barrels? Why are there fires in the barrels? Which leads me to . . .
  3. Who lights all those candles? Who replaces them? Why are there so many candles?
  4. No one carries any gear. No backpack with food, a change of clothes, toilet paper (a valuable commodity in the post-apocalyptic…

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Research – The Devil of Details

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Research is one of the most unheralded tasks a proper author must do. It can take several hours of research to get a single sentence to be correct.

In Chapter One of “Vampire Invasion” (book three of the Vampire Syndrome Saga), Lilith’s inner monologue says:

“I stride over to my 1930 Cadillac V-16 roadster, kneel down to unlock the battery compartment door, and then remove the charger cables.”

This sentence alone took me several hours of research. I was already well aware (from my personal experience at car shows and museums) that the battery in a 1930’s Cadillac V-16 is NOT under the car’s hood, as the giant sixteen-cylinder engine occupies virtually all of the underhood area. So any author who would write “I open the hood and remove the charger cables” would commit a major detail error, right off the *bat*. ;-)

1930 Cadillac V-16 Underhood View

1930 Cadillac V-16 Underhood View

Since I am not Clive Cussler and do not have his classic auto collection at my disposal, I downloaded and read the 1930 Cadillac Service Manual. Even an oil change would be costly for this million-dollar ride, as the giant engine holds five gallons of motor oil. 3:)

So now that Lilith is removing the battery charger cables in the proper manner, it is fair to ask why. The human Vampires have been aware for centuries that the beings from planet Sek’Met have “black lightning” guns. When the mothership lands on the Human Vampires’ compound, Lilith (and others) instantly realize that the “black lightning” gun is an EMPD (electro-magnetic pulse discharge) weapon (a concept the Vampires didn’t fully grasp several centuries ago).

Such weapons will disable cars with electronic ignitions or computers, so any car from the 1970’s to date will be vulnerable. Hence, my characters are fleeing/attempting to flee the scene in older cars. An astute reader who read “Vampire Syndrome” (book one) might ask why Lilith didn’t try to flee in her 1967 Corvette, or for Damien, his 1960 Plymouth. My answer: Those cars are retrofitted with electronic ignitions (a common upgrade for 1950’s and 60’s cars). When you are in the process of fleeing your compound due to an alien invasion, you would not have the time to convert the cars back to their original mechanical points-and-condenser ignition systems.

And if you think this car research is exhausting, try reconciling your vampire backstory with thousands of years of worldwide folklore, and have your story make sense in both folkloric and scientific terms… :twisted:

PS: Note that the TV Series “Jericho” showed characters driving older vehicles after a large electro-magnetic pulse discharge cuts off their “restored” power.

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