IMMORTALIS CARPE NOCTEM, a vampire urban fantasy set amid the Las Vegas nightlife. Here's a brief blurb:
Bleeding to death after a brutal mugging on the campus of UNLV, twenty-five-year-old Alyssa is rescued by the cold and aloof vampire, Lysander. Taking pity on her, he shares the gift--and curse--of immortality.
Katie is offering a signed copy of her novel, so be sure to check out the contest details at the end of the interview.
Katie Salidas: Exactly!!! I obsess over names endlessly until I find something that fits. It has to be perfect! While writing Immortals I kept looking into the story to find a basic thread. A theme, if you will. Something that described the book in just a few words. They are Immortals, vampires that is, and the Latin version of that is Immortalis. They live in the night. But, that is not the underlying theme. It’s a story about coming to terms and accepting it. Seizing the night, so to speak. Many people are familiar with the phrase Carpe Diem, seize the day. Well, that’s what my main character has to do … for the night and her newfound immortality. That is where it all fit together. Immortalis Carpe Noctem translates to Immortals, Seize the Night.
CK: Your main character, Alyssa, struggles with giving up her old life for an immortal one. How would you describe Alyssa and her willingness to face her new vampire existence?
KS: She’s scared and somewhat repulsed by it, to say the least. Books and movies have all made it glamorous, but it’s not. Sure it sounds all fine and good, but when you actually have to sink your teeth into someone’s neck and drink their blood, all that Hollywood sparkle and glitter goes away. Of course, she has to come to terms with it eventually, and her journey to acceptance, a bit of a rocky one, is the main thread of the story.
CK: What can you tell us about Lysander, the vampire who turns Alyssa?
KS: Lysander is an ancient hermit vampire. Aloof doesn’t even begin to describe this man. He’s resigned himself to seclusion to avoid the pain of his past. He turns Alyssa out of guilt and quickly finds he doesn’t know what to make of her. Where he is order, she is chaos. They get off to a rocky start, but you know the saying, opposites attract.
CK: Alyssa becomes a vampire in Las Vegas, a city known for its nightlife. Besides being the perfect spot for a nocturnal existence, how did the setting influence the creation of your vampires?
KS: I love Vegas. It’s my home as well. One of the things I considered with my vampires is how they can stay hidden. Vampires are not known to the rest of the world. Hiding in plain sight is often the best way to do it. Where better than a city known for having a 24-hour lifestyle? It’s nothing to have neighbors who live a nocturnal lifestyle. No one bats an eye at people out and about in the middle of the night. Lysander and the Peregrinus clan are able to live in a quiet suburban neighborhood while hunting in the city of Las Vegas, and no one is the wiser.
CK: Do you have any favorite vampire movies or books that helped fuel your enjoyment of undead tales?
KS: Oh, I have many favorites. I’m a huge fan of the old Anne Rice series, as well as many of the old 80s movies like The Lost Boys and Fright Night. I’ve been in love with vampires of any genre since I was a little girl. You can definitely say it has fueled my inspiration.
CK: Bookshelves are overflowing with vampire novels right now. What would you like readers to know about your particular novel that sets it apart from the rest?
KS: Many stories out right now have a kick-ass heroine who can take on the world. I have nothing against that, but I wanted to show some of the path to becoming that. This first book focuses more on the struggle and acceptance. Have no fear, Alyssa does come into her own, but she doesn’t jump right into it. Sometimes stumbling, falling, and making mistakes can be a good adventure on its own.
CK: Are you currently working on the next installment of the IMMORTALIS SERIES? Has a publication date been set?
KS: I am. The sequel to Immortalis Carpe Noctem is due to be published in early 2011. No official date has been set though.
Here is the blurb: Immortalis: Hunters & Prey
When Alyssa was turned, she was told she could never again see her mortal friends. She was resigned to this fate, until a chance run-in with Santino Vitale, thought to be dead, causes her to rely on a mortal friend for protection, trusting that no hunter would attack in public.
By doing so she has broken vampire law and finds out that divulging vampire secrets harms everyone involved. Because of her actions, she's now drawn her friend into the struggle between vampires and hunters, a fact that has her clan calling for punishment.
But there are bigger dangers looming on the horizon, more pressing than a mere mortal's knowledge of vampires. The Acta Sanctorum is ready to attack again. It will take everyone working together and an unlikely truce to fight against the newest threat, the Frenzy Soldiers.
CK: Where can readers learn more about you and your books?
KS: I’m very active online. Readers can contact me at the following:
Facebook Author Fansite
CK: Thanks so much for joining me, Katie. Best wishes for IMMORTALIS CARPE NOCTEM and your future publications.
KS: Catherine, it has been a pleasure visiting with you and your readers today. Thank you for hosting me.
Katie has graciously offered a signed copy of IMMORTALIS CARPE NOCTEM for one Suburban Vampire visitor. To enter the contest, simply leave a comment for the author at the end of this post by midnight, Tuesday, May 4. I'll pull a winning name from all the entries.
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