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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!
|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.|
|Immortal?||She’s not sure, but she hasn’t aged since the Summer of Love.||Enhanced strength?||Yes.|
|Enhanced senses?||No.||Enhanced speed?||Yes.|
|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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The Mistress of Horror, Emerian Rich, talks monsters, pie and multiple voices with our host at the listening post, Jett Tattersall.
Emerian Rich was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1973, the only child of pastors. She lived in thirty-two different places by the time she graduated high school. With no siblings and no consistent peer relationships, the pen became an integral part of her life, granting her an inexpensive pastime that she could take with her anywhere. The characters in her stories became her friends and her journal, her only continuous confidant.
Emerian now serves as Horror Hostess for the internationally acclaimed podcast, HorrorAddicts.net.
HorrorAddicts.net has become not only a podcast but a widely read publisher of horror news, reviews, and fiction.
She has also written under the names: Emerian Mordrige, E. Mordrige, Emmy Z. Madrigal and Emz.
Emerian lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.
Thanks Chris and Jett for having me on the show. 🙂
I will have with me mini books of all my different genres and (first come, first serve) CHOCOLATE books.
Also, if you haven’t had a chance to read Night’s Knights or Sweet Dreams yet, ask me for special San Mateo County Fair codes to get each full novel at just 99 cents from Smashwords!
See you there!
Here is the full schedule of events:
1-2pm: READINGS ON AUTHOR DAY Laurel Anne Hill Host
2-4pm: AUTHOR DAY BOOK SIGNINGS
4-5pm: AUTHOR PRESENTATION Steampunk should not ship broken Laurel Anne Hill
5-6pm: AUTHOR PRESENTATION Ezra Barany Million Dollar Question
6-7pm: READING Running of the Poets II Carolyn Goodwin Host
7:30-8:30pm: Music Eric Clouds
8:30-9:30pm: Music Sezu
C Sanford Lowe
Elise F. Miller
F. M. Kahren
Gerald W. Jones
Laurel Anne Hill
Marjorie Bicknell Johnson
Valerie Estelle Frankel
To find out more, go to the SMCF website at: https://sanmateocountyfair.com/contests/departments/literary-arts
Sirens Call Publications is pleased to announce the release of the 13th issue of The Sirens Call celebrating women in horror and Women in Horror Recognition Month!
Packed full with fiction, poetry and photography by Dark Angel Photography, the 168 page issue also features an interview with Angie Gallow, author of The Coven. If you’re interested in giving it a read and supporting all of the wonderfully talented women who contributed their work, you can download it for FREE!
Read about Emerian Rich’s monkey phobia in the new book, PHOBIAS featuring phobia insights by Kay Brooks, David Price, Emerian Rich, Suzanne Robb, Janet Scott-Buckley, Jay Sutter, Toianna Wika, Craig Cook, Geoffery Crescent, Kim Curley, Alyn Day, Denise Dumars, J. T. Evans, Shauna P. Norman, and Angie Orenstein. Edited by Mary Harris.
Emerian’s monkey phobia started at a young age and plagues her even today. In “The Monkey Queen” you will read how this phobia has haunted her nightmares and infected her real life. Whether your phobia be spider, snake, or monkey related, you will find these stories interesting and maybe even a bit disturbing. Ever wonder what phobias feel like? What nightmares they cause the individuals experiencing them? Check out PHOBIAS.
Over 60 million people in the United States and Great Britain are estimated to have phobias. There is no specific gene that causes phobias. While anxiety disorders and phobias may start in childhood, and children who have a parent or close relative with a specific phobia may be more likely to develop it, there is no specific situation that causes phobias. However, most people who deal with an anxiety disorder or phobia on a daily basis know they are coping with a difficulty. They know that research is ongoing, such as studies on the amygdala, the specific brain region associated with the “fight-or-flight” response. They know there are no “cures.” From beta blockers to SSRIs and MAOIs to sedatives to behavioral therapy to biofeedback to herbal remedies, there is no one solution. They also know they are not alone! On these pages, you will find eighteen stories and one poem by individuals who courageously face each day, and each night, knowing life will throw many things, both good and difficult, in their path. And yet, they go on. Read, applaud, and be grateful for your own life.
What is it like being a writer’s best friend?
I’ve had a few emails recently that have inspired a new blog series from me. Here’s what you have sent me:
“Emz, can you come over to my house? I’m really bored and I’d love to have you over for tea and biscuits.” ~ Monica from Southampton, UK
“I often wonder how your family feels about you recording all those voices. Do they think you are deranged or do they listen with rapt attention to the live version? I’d like to listen to you record. I bet it’s a hoot.” ~James from Montana, USA
“Just finished reading Night’s Knights last week and have listened to half of Dusk’s Warriors already this weekend. The way your imagination works blows my mind. I bet your friends love hearing your new story ideas. I bet lunch with you when you first think of an idea is an experience. Wish I was a fly on that wall.” Harry from Toronto, Canada
“Wish I knew you in real life, you seem like fun!” Susanne from Ohio, USA
Well, now you will have your chance to get a little glimpse into what it’s like to be my friend and I’ve invited some of my writer friends to share their lives as well. Over the next couple weeks, I will be posting interviews from friends and family of writers. Is it all it’s cracked up to be?
A day with a writer…
First up, I asked my best friend, Ariel, to answer questions about what it’s like to be my friend. We’ve known each other for over fifteen years and I count on her as a confidante and true friend. I think we get along so well because while we share a lot of the same interests, we are complete opposites. I am a dark, nostalgic devil to her blonde, pink-wearing angel. How she puts up with my crazy Gemini personality mood swings I have no idea, but she was nice enough to answer a few questions while we made a trek around the city.
A holiday trek around San Francisco is our favorite occupation in early December. Stores are decorated with evergreen, shiny bulbs, and lights. The tourists are gone for the most part, but will grow in number as the holidays approach. For our trek, it was just us natives, out enjoying the sights and sounds of the holidays.
We had lunch downtown at our favorite Japanese place. They’ve changed their name many times, but we’ll always remember them as Mr. Hana. Next, we strolled by the holiday windows evaluating them against last years and voting on which was best. Then it was off to Chinatown for a look at scarves and some hot tea. Lastly, we headed to Japantown for shopping and dinner at our favorite restaurant there, Kui Shin Bo.
Ariel always teases me that in order to be my friend, you must pass a quiz with 80% accuracy, fill out a membership form, attend at least seven functions a year, and sign the “No Monkeys, Umbrellas, or Menthol Cough Drops” disclosure agreement. I don’t know if I’m that hard to know, but I do like paperwork, so she might be right. Now she has the opportunity to tell you what I am really like.
What it’s like to be the best friend of a writer.
From the perspective of: Ariel, Emerian’s best friend
How did you meet Emerian?
We worked at that same place and Emz was running a vampire roleplaying game. I asked if I could play. We started talking and found out we had a lot in common.
Why are you such good friends?
We both love to talk and are good listeners. We love vampire stories, planning games, problem solving, and we’re analytical. We both like writing and we’re open minded. We never judge each other. We both have big dreams and a love for art and architecture. Emz likes to plan things and I like to do things, so it works out great. You wouldn’t think so because we are polar opposites like light and dark but, we have a lot in common. Being a writer myself, we are always thinking about new stories or brainstorming new worlds. It keeps me in the “writing” world and inspires me.
When did you find out about her being a writer?
I heard Emz talking about her ‘zine and working out a deal with an artist.
Who are your favorite authors besides Emerian?
I like Anne Rice and Stephen King. Everyone thinks I’m in to romance, but I’m not. Emz is the romantic, not me.
Night’s Knights is my favorite work of Emz. I love Sim the bartender because of his personality and name. Martin is another favorite because he is dark and debonair. Even though he’s a geek, he’s the classic vampire type. I really like the underdog, the character who no one else likes or routes for, like Danny. I like Jespa, but I never go for the main characters. Martin is the most like me. I am his fan girl!
What did you do for Emerian that you would never do normally.
I volunteered to help Emz decorate a huge con. I would never do that if not for her.
What was the worst event you attended with Emerian?
When Emz read for the first time at a convention, the room was so hot, we were all dying. It was a small room without windows and people kept closing the door. The con didn’t advertise it well either.
What was the worst thing you had to do at an event?
When someone made me go pass out Emz postcards to the crowd. I was like… “Oh my God, do I have to do this just because I’m with her?” I hate approaching strangers.
What was the best event you attended with Emerian?
When Emz was on three panels in a row where she was reading. I could listen to people read all day. Sometimes at con between panels, we’ll sit outside in the hall and Emz will just read to me, I love that. I also liked when she got invited to a rock concert. We were at a table in the lobby and they treated us like royalty. It was like I was with a rock star.
What is your favorite place to go with Emerian?
We can go anywhere and just read or write together. We can find any place – like the tables above Embarcadero or the beach or one of the libraries. We might end up chatting the whole time, but we also chat about stories and what we’re working on.
What do you like about Emerian being a writer?
When people approach us at a fair or event and they want to talk to Emz. They get so excited by her clothes, or makeup, or hair, or writing. It’s really fun to see them as excited about it as she is.
What is a dream you would like to see happen in the future for her?
I can’t wait until Night’s Knights gets made into a movie. I get to be at the premiere and I would have my photo taken with Julien who I think should be played by Alexander Skarsgard (Eric from True Blood).
What is the weirdest thing about being friends with Emerian?
She is always busy and if we go out, somehow it always turns into the career. She doesn’t even try and it happens. Someone is asking about her writing and she is digging out her cards.
Do you ever worry about her writing about you or your life?
No. I worry more if she is taking my picture, but she always asks first. I would be flattered if she wrote about me.
Have you ever read something that you thought was about you or inspired by you?
Yes. Ember, from Dusk’s Warriors. She told me she was inspired to write Ember because of me and that she wanted me to play her in the podcast. I was very flattered. I wish I was that awesome.
Thank you Ariel for sharing some insight with the fans about what it’s like to be a writer’s best friend. And, you ARE that awesome! 🙂
Readers, I hope this answers some of your questions about being in my crazy life. Stay tuned to this blog for more interviews with friends and family of writers.
Saturday July 6th, I will be in Sacramento for Westercon66, hope to see you there! Here are the scheduled panels, I’ll also be roaming the halls and might even get to read… check the schedules for updates on Saturday.
For all you Emz followers – 25% discount code for books is Westercon66.
Storytelling the Old-Fashioned WayFolsom (Ground – OffSide)Emerian Rich, Frederick J. Mayer, Howard (howeird) Stateman, M. Todd Gallowglas, Nicola Griffith
An exploration of the oral tradition of storytelling and how it relates to writing fiction. This panel of storytellers and writers will discuss tricks and techniques of oral storytelling that will and won’t work in the written form.
Publishing Options: Traditional vs On-Demand and Self-PublishingFolsom (Ground – OffSide)Ben Yalow, Emerian Rich, Jean Marie Stine, Kelley Eskridge, Marty Halpern, Phyllis Kalbach
The days of needing your own printing press are long gone. With modern publishing methods you can print one copy or 1 million. Our panelists will discuss the benefits and drawback of the various publishing options.
Buy the book and enjoy this special offer package!
This special collector’s edition extras package can be delivered to you or a friend. The picture below of the extras pack is addressed to one of the first buyers, Dan.
This collector’s edition extras pack includes:
*A personalized letter from Henry, the butler.
*A key to Northing Castle. (key styles vary)
*A personalized bookplate signed by the author to peel off and stick in your book.
*And bookmark. (bookmark styles vary)
Getting this prize pack is easy and FREE!
All you have to do is take your picture with the book and email it to:
*Who the package should be made out to.
*Your snail mail address.
*A picture of you or a friend with the book.
So, after you receive your Artistic License book from Amazon.com, don’t forget to snap some pics and send them to Emerian Rich!