Today in the Stomp corner we have the author of the urban fantasy series Vamp City, Pamela Palmer. Welcome back to The Book Nympho!
Thanks for having me, Jennifer!
In the age of Twitter… If you had to describe Vamp City in 140 characters or unless what would you tweet?
Vamp City is a vampire utopia turned death trap. The only person who can save it? A mortal woman who knows nothing of the power she wields.
You write both Romp (PNR) and Stomp (UF) series. Do you find writing your Urban Fantasy series, Vamp City harder than writing your Paranormal series, Feral Warriors?
In some ways I’m finding it a lot easier. Although the Feral Warriors series has an overarching external plot, each book is a stand-alone romance with a separate story line. With each book, I’ve taken the next piece of that external plot and created a story for the warrior hero and his soon-to-be-mate. My Vamp City series is all one story, all one romance. Each book picks up where the previous book left off, which is far easier, plotting-wise. The hard part has been the need to plot the entire story out ahead. It takes a lot more up-front work, but now that I’ve done that part, the writing is fairly easy. So far!
Both series have action and sex scenes. But since you are part of TEAM STOMP, let’s talk about the action scenes. How do you work out the choreography of the fight scenes?
Hmm…good question. I love action-adventure types of movies (Star Wars, LOTR, Indiana Jones, Underworld, James Bond, etc.) I also love television shows like Supernatural, True Blood, and Game of Thrones. All have tons of action and lots of fight scenes. I suppose I’ve internalized them over the years. When I get to a fight scene, I simply write it as I see it happening.
Quinn, the heroine of Vamp City doesn’t start out as a physically strong gal but by the end of A Kiss of Blood she is really coming into her own magical powers. Just how bad ass do you plan to make her? Will she get to the Voldemort level?
LOL. She’s becoming stronger and stronger, yes. And at the risk of giving too much away, she’ll eventually be strong enough to face the villain, which is the hallmark of all genre fiction, right? In the end, good must defeat evil.
Out of all the things that Arturo could like in the very dark V.C., why Sweet Tarts?
SweetTarts and I go way back. When I was nine, my family moved to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines for two years (my dad was an Air Force pilot). I’d had Sweet Tarts before that, and liked them, but no more or less than most candy. But for some reason, Clark’s base exchange (similar to a Wal-Mart) didn’t carry SweetTarts. In fact, they weren’t available anywhere on base. Or off base, for that matter. The only place in the Philippines where you could buy SweetTarts was the base exchange at the U.S. Navy base, Subic Bay, which was on the coast a few hours away. Whenever one of the kids’ parents made a trip to Subic for any reason, they brought back SweetTarts for all the kids in class. The Subic exchange must have sold tons of the candy—mostly to the Clark families. They were the coin of the realm for the elementary school set and I loved them, at least for the two years we lived there, when they were so hard to get. Once we moved back to the States and SweetTarts could be found everywhere, I’m not sure I ever bought them again.
I like how you lighten the dark world with pop references about tv shows like So You Think You Can Dance. Do you use this humor to help relieve the doom and gloom that V.C. can bring to its citizens?
Yes, to some extent. (I write to entertain myself as much as my readers.) But mostly, I just follow the logical threads. There are people within Vamp City who never leave. Many of them. They’ve been there for decades, many since it’s inception 140 years ago. They’re old immortals with no clue how to live in the modern world and no desire to figure it out. However, there are many others who revel in the new technologies and embrace them with gusto. Arturo is one, traveling between the worlds freely, working on his computer in the real D.C., driving a Jeep Wrangler, buying a generator and electrical kitchen appliances for his V.C. home. It’s vampires like Arturo who’ve introduced things like battery-operated DVD players to many of those trapped within. So I thought to myself, “What shows and movies might interest an immortal woman with little knowledge of the outside world?” It depends on the woman, of course, but I had a blast guessing.
Thanks again for stopping by today and being part of TEAM STOMP.
Thanks for having me, Jennifer! It’s always a pleasure.
A Kiss of Blood (Vamp City #2)
by Pamela Palmer
Mass Market Paperback, 350 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Avon
Only one woman can save Vamp City…
One of the few humans who managed to escape the deadly twilight world of Vamp City, Quinn Lennox vows to never return. But the vampires want her back, for only she has the power to renew the magic of their crumbling world and free the vampires trapped within.
When the dangerous and all-too-seductive Arturo Mazza comes for her, Quinn knows she can never trust him after the betrayal she suffered at his hands. But with her beloved brother’s fate hanging in the balance, and her own power beginning to emerge, she chooses to risk all on yet another perilous journey back to Vamp City. And though she tries to deny it, her heart begins to hold hope that even a ruthless vampire can learn the meaning of true love.
Pamela Palmer is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of more than a dozen novels including both the Vamp City and Feral Warriors series. When Pamela’s initial career goal of captaining starships failed to pan out, she turned to engineering, satisfying her desire for adventure with books and daydreams until finally succumbing to the need to create worlds of her own. Pamela lives and writes in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
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A BLOOD SEDUCTION.
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