Title: The Vampire’s Protege
Series: From the Vampire’s Angel universe
Author: Damian Serbu
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: August 21
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Pairing: No Romance
Genre: Horror, paranormal, abduction, action, blood and gore, cisgender, contemporary, crime, dark, death, gay, paranormal, vampires
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words is happy to host Damian Serbu today on his tour for The Vampire’s Protege. We have a wonderful author’s interview, excerpt and giveaway. Don’t miss any of it, starting below!
~ Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Interview with Damian Serbu ~
When did you write your first story and what was the inspiration for it?
I wrote my first novel after several years of contemplation and fascination with the concept. I was completing my doctorate in history at the time, and would escape from the concrete world of facts and past events by writing fiction. That particularly story was inspired by the movie “The Man in the Iron Mask.” It eventually became Dark Sorcerer Threatening, which is currently out of print but I hope to reprint someday.
Do you have a writing schedule or do you just write when you can find the time?
Because I have full time job, I maintain a pretty strict schedule or I would never get around to it! I write at least twice a week, for a good chunk of time.
Briefly describe the writing process. Do you create an outline first? Do you seek out inspirational pictures, videos or music? Do you just let the words flow and then go back and try and make some sense out it?
I am way too much of a historian, even in my writing of novels, to go without an outline! So I sketch out the entire story before I begin. For a long time before I outline, I keep notes and jot down ideas for the story, then I take that mess of ideas and shape it into the outline, which I then edit several times. That being said, the outline serves as a general guide, not something written in stone. I let the muse take me where it will, which often necessitates tweaking the outline as I go. As for inspiration, I let that hit me wherever it appears. Sometimes it’s a movie or song or picture, but more often than not it comes out of nowhere and just blasts me in the head. It seems to happen a lot on my morning jog. And I just let the words flow when I write – but that requires going back and doing a pretty thorough edit.
Where did the desire to write LGBTQIA+ stories come from?
From being gay! It’s what I know, it’s what I like to read, and so it’s what I want to write.
How much research do you do when writing a story and what are the best sources you’ve found for giving an authentic voice to your characters?
The amount of research for the story depends on the story, really. When I set it in the past, I do a great deal of research. For example, I’ve written about the French Revolution, Antebellum America, and pirates. Those all took extensive research to get the history correct. That’s where my academic background comes in handy! I know how to gather books and articles that give me solid history, and then weave that reality into the writing. I do all of that research before I even start outlining. But other stories, including The Vampire’s Protégé, don’t require as much research. There, I may need to research something that pops up. For example, this time I suddenly found myself writing about Bitcoin, which I didn’t know a damn thing about. So off I went to learn a tad so I didn’t make a fool of myself! But my novels set in a contemporary setting don’t require as much extensive research.
A sinister vampire offers Charon a choice he can’t refuse: play a deadly game of winner takes all, losers die.
Charon relishes the competition and molds himself into a sexy vampire who defies vampire law, savoring his power and embracing the role of villain. He also loves surrounding himself with hot young men. But when an alluring vampire stalks him and threatens to turn him into the Vampire Council unless he helps with a seemingly impossible task, will Charon risk his perfectly narcissistic life on the challenge? Does he have any other choice?
The Vampire’s Protege
Damian Serbu © 2017
All Rights Reserved
Everyone thinks they adore the Vampire Council with its rules and regulations that allegedly govern all vampires and thereby ensure the safety of virtuous humans. People want to lose themselves in the tales of the Council members: Xavier and Thomas and their love; Anthony and Jaret and their guarding of humanity; Catherine and Harriet and their whims within a righteous vampiric empire. Most of all, the Vampire Ethic provides comfort with its guarantee that goodness protects an individual from a vampire attack, with its promise that all vampires defend innocence.
Vampires accept this reality because it gives them a collective soul. The ethic protects them from the stereotype of evil incarnate preying upon humanity. Or, in the least, obedience to it keeps them alive, lest the Council hunt them down and murder them for transgressions against it.
Humans desire the Council’s laws to maintain their fantasy of security from the supernatural realms. Who would dismiss a hidden force of vampire police that might swoop in at any sign of danger and annihilate the perpetrator?
Yet deep inside, so many long for something different, something that avoids this utopian trope and perfect world, all tied up in a pretty bow. Part of everyone, that piece so desperately stamped down and derided, seeks an alternative story.
To be sure, many will deny it. Fight against these words and honorably cast them out as the devil’s temptations. Yet no proof of Satan or such demonic forces presents itself. Because even those thoughts really stem from the inner being in everyone, that secretly locked-up atom inside a person that pines for freedom and seeks release, even as the goodness scolds it.
Still people contest these words. Deny them.
Yet a fascination with villains thrives in America. Think of the great antiheroes of history and their legendary fame. The Wicked Witch of the West. Darth Vader. Hannibal Lecter. The Joker. The infamy of historic figures such as Adolf Hitler or Ted Bundy or the Son of Sam. The people who don the costumes at Halloween of Lord Voldemort, Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler because it empowers them for a night with beautiful wickedness. People laugh at Scar, Ursula, and even Mr. Potter. They read the tales of Lex Luther and Cujo, privately wishing they would eventually triumph over the heroes of the story and bring a bit of destruction to the globe.
Jack the Ripper lives through the ages because he successfully hid himself, true. But also because his perfect malevolence went unpunished. People want that for themselves. His legend draws them back again and again to that story with the hope of their own misdeeds going unchallenged.
Thus, whether admitted or not, people long to meet Charon. Yes, so many cry out for Charon and his story. People want him. Readers desire him, need him, really. The world will have no choice but to love him. All will embrace him as they have these other villains of history. They will celebrate his perfect treachery.
Unlike those obedient to the Vampire Council, Charon hardly worries about a bit of notoriety from time to time. Fear of retribution never enters his vocabulary. He need not concern himself with the Vampire Council and its regulations. Nor does Charon often fret over any other person or entity cracking down on his masterful empire.
Meet the Author
Damian Serbu lives in the Chicago area with his husband and two dogs, Akasha and Chewbacca. The dogs control his life, tell him what to write, and threaten to eat him in the middle of the night if he disobeys. He previously authored several novels now out of print, and is excited to reignite his writing with Ninestar Press!
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