Joseph O’Reily is still adjusting to the lifestyle and the dangers that come with being a new vampire. He and Cassandra recently fought to the death with Cassandra’s estranged husband John Snow, and now Joseph has experienced his first ménage a trios, as only a vampire can. As if all of this was not complicated enough, he and Cassandra have been tasked with hunting down and killing a rogue vampire, Donald Rathmore.
Another of John Snow’s creations, Donald is an evil misogynistic killer in his own right. Donald has no interest in avenging his creator’s death, but killing Cassandra is at the top of his list.
While Donald continues his murderous spree, Joseph and Cassandra always seem to be one step behind him. The chase is further complicated as they encounter other vampires and learn more about the mysterious nature of the Vampire Council and the coming war between good and evil.
Joseph is only now beginning to trust Cassandra, and this trust will be shaken when he discovers she has even more secrets than he imagined. Her idea of justice and morality is at complete odds with his own. Despite all his powers and growing skill, Joseph is tested physically as a vampire and emotionally by Cassandra. This time the answers and challenges may be too much for the young vampire to handle.
Hi Cremona, thanks for being part of my blog tour.
What is your opinion on how the vampire evolved in literature and how hard is, in our days, to write a book about vampires?
I think vampire literature has changed a lot over the years, the biggest change being how the vampire has changed from a mostly mindless killer to a sexy, romantic and often very desirable figure. This hasn’t always been a good thing, while I never read the books I was dragged to the first “Twilight” movie. Having a vampire continually in high school so he can prey on teenage girls is a terrible idea but it’s just one example. Some of the early books by Anne Rice are very good and I’ve come to also enjoy vampire books by an indie author named Jamie Wasserman. I think that the key is to find a balance; vampires shouldn’t be so civilized that they can easily go to high school (or sparkle) but I don’t see much appeal in writing them as mindless killers who leap on people tearing their throats out either.
For me I didn’t find it that overly difficult to write a vampire book, I just always loved them and tried to put my own unique spin on their powers and give each one a distinct personality. While my books have been compared to Twilight (I do have the idea of a vegetarian vampire) I think they are really not the same. I spent a lot of time thinking about what kind of vampires would be in my world, what powers they would have, what weaknesses, how they would blend in to human society and other issues. I worked out what I hoped was both an original origin story for vampires and an explanation for their weaknesses. I think that now when you write a vampire book you need to be aware of what else that is out there (as much as possible) and either make a decision to do something similar or something unique.
How “traditional” are your heroes?
I hope that neither of my heroes are traditional. Joseph O’Reily is a geeky, 23 year old man who secretly wanted to become a vampire but of course never thought it would actually happen. As far as I know there isn’t another geeky, friendly, soft-hearted and yet strong young male vampire who is both scared of what he has become and yet finds it pretty cool. He has strong morals and tries to make the right decisions but he faces temptation and difficult situations. Sometimes Joseph makes decisions he regrets.
Cassandra Snow is a 220-year-old vampire who is not very traditional. She cares for Joseph and protects him but has a rather low opinion of humans. She mostly sees them as a nuisance and food source. While she never wants to be discovered, she has no problem killing humans who pose a threat to her or who she deems not worthy of life. Cassandra has an extreme view of justice; she considers herself a vigilante and certainly believes the ends justify the ends. With that said, she does have a kindness about her and a great capacity for love, her twist is that her capacity for violence and death is also vast.
I saw that you live in Newfoundland. There are local traditions, superstition about vampires?
I wish! That would be a great thing to put in my books. There aren’t any local stories or traditions here in Newfoundland that I know of. I did make a point to weave some Newfoundland history (and real historical people) into my books though. In fact one of the main characters is based on Catherine Mandeville Snow, the last woman hanged in here in 1834.
The book’s description says that a war between good and evil will come. Where your heroes stand? Or it’s all about shadows of gray?
While I do believe in characters who are shades of gray (Cassandra is certainly one of them) the war will be such an important event that both of them will fight on the side of good. Not to give too much away but basically even Cassandra would not want to see someone like Count Dracula rule the world and ultimately they both know that they could not live with the actions they would be forced to take under his rule. I also don’t mind saying that this is such a major event in my books that it certainly won’t happen until book 4 and afterwards things will never be the same.
As new vampire, does Joseph believe “that continuing educations is the key to success”?
Joseph wants to learn as much as he can about vampire powers, behavior and society. He literally has an eternity to improve himself. He is forever curious about the world and his new existence and while he has some serious issues with Cassandra (and other vampires) ultimately he does come to accept that only through contact and experiences with other vampires that he can truly understand the meaning to vampire life.
Great questions, thanks so much for having me!
Thank you, Charles
Like every other geek alive, Newfoundland native Joseph O'Reily secretly wants to be a superhero. At thirteen he fantasized about being a vampire, and ten years later he's still fantasizing - but mostly about a beautiful redheaded woman who has eyes only for him. The one thing different about Joseph's adult fantasy is that, amazingly, it comes true one night when he goes to a local university pub. Cassandra Snow, literally the woman of his dreams, invites him to her place for an evening of personal pleasure. Of course he's not going to say no. But when strange things start happening afterward, Joseph quickly learns that not all dreams should come true.
Charles O’Keefe lives in the beautiful province of Newfoundland, Canada, with his wife and two feline ‘children,’ Jude and Esther.
He works in IT support and enjoys many hobbies and activities that include writing, reading, watching fantasy/science-fiction movies and television shows, gaming, poker, walking, Pilates, and of course fantasizing about vampires.
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