If you’ve followed my writing career, or been a regular reader of this blog, you know that The Dark Rebirth Trilogy is very close to my heart. The first book, The Tale of the Vampire Bride, was a labor of love. I toiled on that book on and off for a decade. It was also my great learning curve, where I learned how to be a more disciplined writer and how to be true to my voice. When I finally self-published the novel in 2009 it was at the height of the Twilight craze. I hoped that the resurfence of vampires in literature would benefit the novel, but I was wrong. Everyone wanted another Twilight, not a gothic horror novel that takes place in the Regency era. I was disappointed when sales were flat. Later, it was published by a small press, had a cover change, and did a bit better in finding its readership. But the novel didn’t truly find its audience until I republished it myself in 2011 with a brand new cover by Phat Puppy Art. The book finally started selling and requests for a sequel were commonplace.
The Vegenace of the Vampire Bride was popular when it came out. Plans for the third book were delayed due to contractual obligations and illness. I was heartbroken to put off the writing The Lament of the Vampire Bride, but I wanted to make sure that I put my all into the final book. When I finally sat down to write the novel, I was recovering from a long illness and struggled at first. I had to develop a new writing process, but in the end, the book flowed out of my imagination.
As a writer, I always strive to entertain and enthrall my hardcore readers, but I have to admit it’s always exciting to get accolades such as nominations for awards in the genre. When I was asked to submit a vampire novel to the International Vampire Film & Arts Festival, I was a bit nervous submitting the third book in the trilogy, but I was also confident in it being a solid represenation of my writing. Also, it felt fitting to submit a book that has Vlad Dracula in it to a festival taking place in his birth place, Sighișoara, Transylvania.
I was absolutely thrilled when I received word that the book has been shortlisted for the award. Though I cannot attend the festival (waah!), I will be having a Skype Q & A with the attendees, which in itself is very exciting. We’ll see in May if the book takes home the award or not. I’m hoping my book will win, but like the old saying goes “it’s an honor to be nominated.”