The Great Vampire Dispute ~ Leigh M. Lane’s Vamps

by Emerian Rich

Next on my list for modern vampire writers is Leigh M. Lane. Leigh is a new friend of mine that writes a vampire out of the norm. Jane the Hippie Vampire is broke, homeless, and vegan. Not quite the sultry, romantic trope we’re used to, but interesting just the same. When asked about her series, Leigh said, “Jane is a transient, her encounters modeled after the 70’s series Kung-Fu. Each “episode” offers a piece of her past as well as a glimpse into her current search for redemption.”

Well, I for one can’t wait to find out about Leigh’s hippie vampire. Let’s check her out!

LEIGH’S VAMPS

  • L White Wall 1Author name: Leigh M. Lane
  • What is the title of your series? Jane the Hippie Vampire
  • How many books are currently for sale or listen? The second releases in August.
  • How many total in the series to date? Six
  • What is the series about? Jane has had one hell of a time ever since she bumped into the wrong guy during the Summer of Love, but she’s taken it all in stride. Wandering from town to town, she seeks out the needy and the broken in hopes of breaking the curse that’s left her bloodthirsty and forever seventeen. In Love Beads, Jane crosses paths with a middle-aged man who’s encountered her kind before–but he seems happy just to have the company. Of course, appearances can be deceiving, and his secret might just prove to be the end of her.
  • Where can readers buy, read, or listen to your vampire series? http://www.amazon.com/Jane-Hippie-Vampire-Love-Beads-ebook/dp/B00L0J8ROQ

The Vampire Matrix

Garlic Dislikes. Stake That’ll kill anything.
Sunlight/ UV Allergy grows over time. Holy water/crosses Jane’s a Christian.
Running water No problem—but she hates baths. Drowning She’s not sure.
Silver Pretty. Fire A good way to dispose of bodies.
Coffin sleep a must? Nope. Homeland dirt a must? Nope.
Decapitation Probably deadly. Do they need to be invited in? Nope.
Do they sparkle? Hell, no. Do they cast a shadow? Yep.
Do they show up on film or video? Yes. Do they have a reflection? Yes.
Eye color change with hunger? No. Blood tears? No.
Die if not fed? Eventually. When killed, what is left? A body.
Eat solid food? Yes—but she’s a vegan. Create offspring by blood? No.
Have sex? Yes. Fertile? No.
Immortal? She’s not sure, but she hasn’t aged since the Summer of Love. Enhanced strength? Yes.
Enhanced senses? No. Enhanced speed? Yes.
Enhanced healing? Yes. Flight? No.
Shapeshifting? No. Psychic? Somewhat.
Mind control? Possibly. Does their blood heal mortals? No.
What are their fangs like? Retractable.
Skin color when after rebirth: No change—just increased paleness from sun avoidance.
Attractiveness after rebirth: No change.
How do they feed? Jane falls into a berserker frenzy, and then destroys the body to avoid reanimation.
What does the mortal experience when fed on? Pain, weakness, death.
What do they feed on? Human only? Evil souls only? Only humans, preferably the scum of society.
Do they kill? Or only drink? Do they have a conscious? Jane kills as infrequently as possible and hopes she might perform enough good deeds to cancel out the bad. She actually hopes she might do enough good to relieve her of her curse, but it’s most likely wishful thinking.
Are there clans or a hierarchy? Not that Jane’s aware of.

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  • How is a vamp created in your world? Exsanguination and awakening.
  • What happens when they are changed? They are overcome with bloodlust.
  • Is religion involved in you vamp world and what kind? Jane is a product of the hippie revival movement and is a born-again Christian.
  • Is war or fighting a big theme in your books? No, only Jane’s personal battle against her nature.
  • How did vampires “start” in your world? Jane hasn’t a clue, but she assumes it’s some kind of curse.
  • Who is your top vampire character? Jane, who was dosed in a bar during the Summer of Love, woke in a basement in a remote cottage, where she was a food source and sex slave for an indeterminate amount of time. She escaped after being buried alive.
  • Who is your favorite vampire writer? Anne Rice.
  • What music goes best with your series? Well, Jane personally prefers funk, but I think of ‘60s rock when I think about her character.

Thank you for sharing your groovy vampire with us, Leigh!

Join me next time Biters,
when we’ll talk to
Paul Lewis about his IMMORTAL series!

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