Book Talk: Vampire writer finds market isn't too cut-throat

Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:02am EDT
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By Belinda Goldsmith

CANBERRA (Reuters Life!) - Vampire books are taking a far bigger space on bookshelves since the success of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series but another vampire author, Claudia Gray, says the market is not as cut-throat as you might think.

"Stargazer" is the second in Gray's "Evernight" series that first came out last year and is set at Evernight Academy, a creepy, Gothic boarding school.

It continues the love story between two teens with Gray planning two more books to finish the series.

Gray, a pen name for New York-based Amy Vincent, said it took her a while to get to writing after working as a disc jockey, lawyer, waitress and journalist.

Q: Did you always write?

A: "If I could have picked my choice from the start I always wanted to be a novelist but everyone says don't get your hopes up and so I didn't give it a try. The first novel I ever attempted to writer was in about 2002 and 2003. It was a science fiction novel. But you have to have a particular mind set to be a sci-fi writer and I do not have that. It didn't work and I set it aside but I used the title for my vampire academy when the time came."

Q: What got you interested vampires?

A: "I remember being a very small child and reading a Readers Digest book of mysteries and other unexplained things that my grandparents had. It was about anything that the adjective weird could be applied to - mummies, curses, anything a little bit odd. That had a powerful impact on my young brain. I was always interested in monster movies, horror movies and an avid watcher of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."   Continued...