Gabrielle Bisset

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Felicity Heaton Guest Post

Writing Vampire Romance

Thanks to Gabrielle for having me here today as part of my Paranormal Pandemonium 2011 Blog Tour. As a brief introduction, let’s call it scene setting, here’s a little about me. My name is Felicity Heaton and I write paranormal romances and science fiction romances under that name, and also as F E Heaton. I’ve written over forty stories to date, and around thirty of those stories are currently available, either for purchase or as a free download. I’m passionate about penning paranormal romances with a difference, and creating worlds where readers can immerse themselves and forget their troubles and find an escape.

A question I often get asked as a paranormal romance writer is: what’s your favourite paranormal creature?

My answer is always the same. It has to be vampires. Vampires are in my blood and have been there since I was very young and just starting out in the big wide world of reading books. As the years rolled on, I went from reading about them to imagining a world with living breathing vampires. It was far more interesting to daydream about that world and the vampires in it than focusing on the classroom at school. Things have progressed from there and now I write about them. More species of paranormal creatures have joined vampires in my heart, but it’s still the vampires that reign.

Taking a look at my releases for the year make that clear.

So far this year I’ve released three novels featuring vampires: Love Immortal, Hunter’s Moon (okay, so it’s a vampire/werewolf romance), and my latest release, Forbidden Blood.

I have two more stories coming out this year that feature vampires too.

The remaining three releases this year feature a demon/witch pairing and angels.

So, out of eight novels, I have five stories about vampires. I would say that puts them in command in my imagination. That conclusion is backed up by the fact that my latest release, Forbidden Blood, is also the first book in a new vampire series for me—Vampire Venators. This is my second vampire focused series. The first is my ongoing Vampires Realm series that I write as F E Heaton, which has nine stories in it so far.

My attraction to vampires is clear. My reason for feeling so drawn to this particular paranormal species? I can’t put it into one word, but there’s something mysterious and appealing about vampires. I’m into the traditional type of vampire—killer, blood-drinking where it has to be fresh from the vein, powerful and both alluring and frightening at the same time. The darker the better for me. I write them deadly and dark, dangerous and damn alluring. They’re possessive, protective, and outright dominant at times. I love writing vampires because I can write them differently each time. They offer an endless combination of skills, powers, attributes that is only limited by what my mind and my muse can come up with, and an infinitely different world can be crafted for each book or series. All it takes is a little imagination, and I relish being able to sit down and dream up a new vampire for a new story, or explore vampires in my series in more depth, unlocking new facets of them to reveal in stories. The vampire myth, much like the shape-shifter one, has its roots in so many different cultures, each with their own take on the creatures, that it’s a wealth of inspiration for stories. It’s a species where anything is possible and it’s down to the author to write their own version of the myth, and I really enjoy being able to flex my creative muscles and craft a world and a species of vampire that takes a reader’s breath away.

Vampires are the ultimate paranormal species for me, and that’s why I wrote my new series, and why I’d now like to share a little about it.

 Forbidden Blood is available now in e-book formats direct from my site, on Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBookstore and will soon be available at Sony Reader Store and other retailers. It will also shortly be available in paperback from Amazon.

Forbidden Blood
Felicity Heaton
In a dark world where vampires exist and where Source Blood, a rare human blood type, can bestow godlike powers upon them, the vampire Venators of the Sovereignty fight to protect the humans by banishing those who drink it to the endless dark.

Exiled from his family and with only his duty to sustain him, Kearn has been on the trail of an elusive Source Blood abuser for three years. When he saves a beautiful human female from the vampire’s grasp, it turns out she’s the lead he’s been waiting for. Amber is a Source Blood and the perfect bait, but for who?

As they race to catch the vampire and survive the cruel games he plays, Amber is pulled deeper into Kearn’s world and discovers the painful secrets he hides behind his handsome but emotionless exterior—hurt that she has the power to heal if she is brave enough.

Felicity Heaton is a romance author writing as both Felicity Heaton and F E Heaton. She is passionate about penning paranormal tales full of vampires, witches, werewolves, angels and shape-shifters, and has been interested in all things preternatural and fantastical since she was just a child. Her other passion is science-fiction and she likes nothing more than to immerse herself in a whole new universe and the amazing species therein. She used to while away days at school and college dreaming of vampires, werewolves and witches, or being lost in space, and used to while away evenings watching movies about them or reading gothic horror stories, science-fiction and romances.

Having tried her hand at various romance genres, it was only natural for her to turn her focus back to the paranormal, fantasy and science-fiction worlds she enjoys so much. She loves to write seductive, sexy and strong vampires, werewolves, witches, angels and alien species. The worlds she often dreams up for them are vicious, dark and dangerous, reflecting aspects of the heroines and heroes, but her characters also love deeply, laugh, cry and feel every emotion as keenly as anyone does. She makes no excuses for the darkness surrounding them, especially the paranormal creatures, and says that this is their world. She’s just honoured to write down their adventures.

If you want to know more about me, or want to get in touch, you can find me at the following places:


Katrina W said...

Great post ladies ;) I must say I to am a vampire fan!!!! My favourite of all the paranormal. They can range from dark-brooding, sexy, secerative, lusting and ,bloodsucking from the vein !!! I love all Felicity's books and certainly look forward to more in the near future .. Thanks for the guest post !!! For all who hasnt read them !! Take the plunge you wont be dissapointed.. HUnters moon has a sexy werewolf, and a vamp !! We have witches, vampires, and werewolves a world filled with action, paranormal romance, and kick arse action scenes. Great variety for all !!

Felicity Heaton said...

Thanks for having me here today, Gabrielle!

And thanks to Kat for being the brave soul to make the first comment. lol. Oh, and what's not to love about a sexy alpha werewolf? That type of growly creature of the night is second on my list of favourite things to write!


Angela E said...

I think my fav paranormal like you and Kat (just to be original) is vampires too. They pique my interest with their long lived lives, their experiences of the world, and of course their smexy brooding attitudes. Nothing like a bad boy vamp with an assertive attitude.
I don't think there is one particular paranormal creature you write about that I love best, because I love them ALL!!! The head strong ones, the badboys, and even more the insecure lovers. ;)
Great guest post, enjoyed reading it.

shah wharton said...

Vampires are simply delicious! I love reading about them and writing about them too. They ooze sex appeal - drip with darkness - shake-up the senses. Great guest post Felicity. Hi Gabrielle - you and your ability to thrive on your frantic schedule inspire me. Shah .X