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Michelle Rowen

Book Title: LADY AND THE VAMP
Genre: Vampire, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

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Mortals Unite ...

BEHIND MICHELLE ROWEN'S VAMPIRE
HERO AND HIS NEW PATH TOWARD LOVE

Love triangles are as fun to write as they are to read, but in a romance novel, one character inevitably gets his heart broken. That character, in my Immortality Bites series, was hunter turned vampire Michael Quinn. From the e-mail I received, it was a split decision who readers wanted my fledgling vampire heroine, Sarah Dearly, to end up with. In fact, I wasn't even sure for a while who she'd pick. But bitten and smitten Sarah chose the master vampire of her dreams, and Quinn was left out in the cold.

He wasn't too happy about it.

For Lady and the Vamp (Apr., Forever), I'd originally planned to write a spin-off with a secondary character from the series. When I mentioned this to my editor, she enthusiastically asked, "Oh, is it going to be Quinn?"

Hmm, I thought. That might be interesting.

Then came the reader e-mails. "Is Quinn going to get his own book?" they asked.

And so I pondered ... but not for too long.

Of course Quinn should have his own book! I'd put the poor guy through so much that he definitely deserved his own happy ending -- that is, after a great deal more pain, angst and suffering. What can I say? It's my job as a writer to torture my characters.

Even Quinn's perfect heroine introduced herself well before I planned to use her as anything more than a secondary character in the previous novel in the series, Fanged and Fabulous. Janie had a history with Quinn that was revealed late in that book, and frankly, the last thing she was looking for was a romantic relationship with a vampire -- being that she normally slayed them whenever the opportunity presented itself. Sometimes true love needs a bit of a kick-start, and I am very happy to play cupid.

This book also gave me the opportunity to write from the hero's point of view -- something I hadn't yet done in my published writing. Since I already knew Quinn and had been working with the character for several years, getting into his head was no problem -- in fact, it was one of the best and most fun writing experiences I've had.

So I sent Quinn and Janie off on a paranormal treasure hunt through Arizona and Nevada. They're both after the same prize for different but important reasons, and the only thing standing in the way of getting it is each other. Thus, Lady and the Vamp was born -- not because I initially thought it was a great idea, but because readers suggested it, and then I thought it was a great idea.

Quinn and I thank you very much for helping him achieve his well-earned vampiric happily ever after.


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