DONNA: Hi everyone. I want to thank Rabid Reads for having me today in support of my new novel Darklands: A Vampire’s Tale. My name is Donna Burgess and Darklands is my first novel. Before this, I wrote short fiction and poetry, mostly in the horror and dark fantasy genres. I also operate the indie publisher of dark fiction called Naked Snake Press. I have been married for twenty years and have two fantastic kids—aged twenty-one and nine. I live in the metropolis of Pawleys Island, SC ;-D
Please visit my website donnaburgess.com for more information regarding my writing and Naked Snake Press.
DONNA: I have always been a fan of vampires. Story possibilities for vampires are countless, for one thing. As a writer, I can mold my vampires into almost anything—sexy hunks or vicious monsters.
However, I enjoy all creatures of the supernatural from faeries to werewolves. I suppose I’m a fan of anything outside the human realm. I’m a bit of a geek!
DONNA: A few little scares and a little bit of escape from what we all know as everyday life. I hope they’ll find the situations and the characters interesting enough to want to re-visit them in another book sometime in the future.
DONNA: Well, most of my poetry is quite dark, as well. I’m really not a flowers and pink hearts kind of girl. Unless, of course, the pink hearts are on a platter ;-p
DONNA: The genesis of the story is pretty old—I think a seed popped into my head while watching the movie “Near Dark” years ago, but life got in the way and the novel never really materialized until last year. Over the course of time, it changed and evolved into something completely different from what I began with.
DONNA: Yes! I wrote my first story in 2nd grade. It was about King Kong. As a kid, I wrote what is called fanfic today. I wrote little stories about Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in pencil on purple notebook paper during math class. I guess that’s why I’m terrible at math today.
DONNA: I would like to do at least two more. Unless of course, everyone hates the first one!
DONNA: Now that I’ve decided to go the “indie” route, the biggest challenge is turning out more work as quickly as possible. Before, when I had the notion of having my work published traditionally, it was meeting certain criteria that would make the book as marketable in the eyes of the gatekeepers. Preferred word counts, cookie-cutter heroines, etc.
It’s a lot easier to just write for myself and see where it takes me.
DONNA: Yes. My daughter is a graphic art and web design student at the Art Institute, so I always need her help with Photoshop stuff. She helped enhance a stock photo and I designed the rest. I was happy with it.
DONNA: I’m working on a couple of novels. One is an apocalyptic vampire tale. The other novel is a southern paranormal romance—ghosts, not vampires for this one. I’d love to have both out by autumn, at the latest. (I’m a slow writer!) As for another Darklands novel, hopefully spring of 2012.
DONNA: I’ve never really been a reader of romance novels. I do like good, spooky gothics, though. I’ve always been a fan of horror movies and books, and I suppose it was only natural that I would write something that was dark and a bit violent.
Halloween night, twenty years ago, college student Susan Archer watched as her beloved twin brother was brutally murdered at the hands of a stranger she invited into their home. Still haunted by the guilt of that night, Susan is now a tough but bitter cop in a nowhere town, trying as best she can to lead a normal life. When she is nearly killed during a wild shoot-out, she realizes she is not as strong as she first thought.
Fearing a breakdown, she flees the confines of her safe boyfriend and familiar surroundings to find salvation in the arms of “Deathwalker” Devin McCree—the very man who killed her brother.
But things aren’t always what they seem and she quickly realizes Devin was not the monster she originally thought, but a kind of guardian angel instead.
On the run from a crazed Nazi vampire-hunter named Kasper, she and Devin must find a way to endure the dreary urban landscape of a dying metropolis and escape Kasper’s wrath.
DONNA:Thanks again! I would like to give away ebook editions of Darklands: A Vampire’s Tale to three lucky winners! Please leave a comment on this post with your e-mail address and answer the following question:
**Giveaway is open internationally and closes on January 29th, 2011 at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be selected by random.org and have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail.**
This Giveaway is now closed. Winners: Vivien, Kat and Ammy Belle. Congrats!
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