Question One: BITE ME is about a nerdy high school senior who transforms into a vampire vixen, unaware that her hunky date for prom is the slayer sent to destroy her. What inspired you to write about vampires?
Louise: As a reader, sometimes I just want to read a book for fun. It’s the same thing as an author. In my day job, I write a lot of technical things that can be boring, so at night when I sat down to write fiction, I wanted to entertain myself. Like many readers, I can’t get enough vampire romance in my life, and BITE ME has humor mixed in, so hopefully it will make people laugh too.
Question Two: You mentioned humor, is BITE ME intentionally funny?
Louise: Yes, hopefully you find BITE ME to be laugh out loud funny. One of my favorite scenes is right at the beginning when Morgan is bitten. She’s in the bathroom, drying her hands on a towel, and a four-year-old vampire enters the room without knocking. Eighteen-year-old Morgan thinks to herself, “Don’t preschoolers understand about privacy?” This is a book that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Question Three: In BITE ME, Morgan has a special relationship with her Grandma Mimi, who’s a real fashionista. Was that character dynamic inspired by your own grandmother?
Louise: Yes, in fact I dedicated the book to my Grandma Gerry, who always wore stockings, a silk dress, flashy jewelry, and a full face of makeup. She had her hair done once a week at the salon.
Question Four: Since BITE ME is a clean and wholesome YA vampire romance I have to ask—are you a fan of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyers?
Louise: Absolutely! I’m a Twihard forever. I’ve even been to Forks, WA and taken pictures of Bella’s red truck. There are two of them in Forks, the movie version and the book version. As an adult I can recognize that there are some problematic things about the Twilight series, like Edward watching Bella when she sleeps and Bella thinking that she can’t live without Edward in her life, but on the other hand, it’s page-turning fiction. Stephenie Meyers helped put the YA genre on the map, and for that reason alone she deserves some credit.
Question Five: What makes BITE ME different from other paranormal vampire romance books?
Louise: BITE ME is romantic comedy, and hopefully includes lots of scenes that readers will find laugh-out-loud funny. It’s not hot and steamy, but it isentertaining. This is a book designed to take you on an instant book vacation to the beach.
Question Six: In BITE ME, you describe Morgan as a “nerdy high school senior who transforms into a vampire vixen.” Would you describe yourself as a nerd in high school?
Louise: Yes, I was the girl who always had a book in my hand. I studied so hard for the SATs that I gave myself what I called “flash-card wrist” but which I now know is tendonitis. I didn’t go to my senior prom but I made up for it in college. I joined a sorority and went to so many dances that I had to borrow dresses from friends so I wouldn’t repeat outfits.