Yes, an interview with a vampire!! IN REAL LIFE!! – as my kids would say.
I was lucky enough to ask Christopher, the vampire from Marigold Deidre Dicer’s The Black Swan Inheritance a few questions.
‘Anita had the kind of reputation in high school no one wants to carry into adulthood, especially since she wants to be a doctor like her dad. Now at university, she is determined to be good, but one little end-of-semester celebration can’t hurt, right? Well, it can if she ends up having a one-night stand with a werewolf that triggers a dark awakening.
The Black Swan is a powerful legacy that brings both temptation and danger. Having now inherited the title and all that comes with it, Anita finds herself beset upon by ancient abominations that won’t take no for an answer. But Anita is determined not to run away – she is here to help, whether the medieval dragon-wolf or the undead cultists want it or not.
She will be no one’s pawn. She will rise to the challenge.
If she can just manage to deal with her own flaws first. Anxiety, panic-attacks, and bouts of bitchiness does not a successful diplomat make.’
Okay here we go –
Thanks for the opportunity to ask you a few questions, Christopher. I’ve never interviewed a vampire before …
Not at all. It is so rare I speak to a human about my nature. I appreciate your open mind.
Please tell me how a human can turn into a vampire?
And here I expected you would begin with the easier questions…
I must admit, I was not aware of my own transformation to vampirism. As a general rule of thumb, people who kill themselves do not expect to have to claw themselves up and out of their grave three days later. If anything, I expected fire and brimstone for taking the coward’s route, and instead I was given a second chance.
Admittedly, it took another lifetime to recognise it as such…
The ritual requires blood magic, darkness, and earth. I am not certain of the particulars beyond that, although I have since discovered committing suicide is not a requirement. It was a natural assumption, since all of my fellow vampires were killed by their own hand. Either the old master targeted vulnerable people to raise from the dead, or the ritual was more applicable to us for another reason.
What is it like, flying? I’ve only done it in dreams.
I take the form of a bat to fly, which immediately feels restrictive until you get used to the short feet and oversized hands. The act of taking off and landing are the challenging parts, although I believe that has more to do with trying to consciously think about the mechanics as opposed to letting my new instincts take over. I would compare it to riding a bike – it is not difficult, as long as you make sure you don’t think too hard about it. And as with a bike, once you get used to it the motions become effortless and exhilarating.
It is fun.
It would be. What are you afraid of?
I would like to say I no longer fear death, but that would be a lie. Death is still the great unknown, and, as I mentioned before, the first time I died was not a final death.
I am not looking forward to discovering true and final death.
I fear for Anita, and the safety of the nest. She is strong, but there are stronger monsters in this world, and if she were to be challenged the consequences could be disastrous. For practical reasons, I do not want another to claim her. I have felt the abuse of a mad master – she does not deserve the same.
You don’t have to answer this, but why did you consider yourself a broken soul?
Oh, so, so many reasons. Committing suicide is a mortal sin. Ever since I was resurrected I felt like a shell of a man, my only purpose to follow the master’s commands and wait for the end of days. In retrospect, I was given no choices. I spent my nights praying for a forgiveness I knew I would never receive. It was easier to belief myself a weapon, a tool waiting to be picked up and used. Until then, I had to fight the temptation of hope.
Anita has gotten you out of a major pickle. How do you feel about that?
Our first meeting did not go to plan, I will admit that. I almost wonder what would have happened once the sun rose. Having been told our mortally wounded bodies would turn to ash, where would that leave me? A ghost?
While she did do me a great favour, she was acting in her own interest as well. I was honestly surprised she was not interested in using me, even though I was her pawn. I am grateful to her. She might not always act as a leader should, but her intentions are noble. Well, for the most part.
Ahem, just like yours? Moving on, what are your big dreams, despite being dead?
I never thought of unlife as a second life. Anita changed that, for me and for my fellow vampires. She has provided us the freedom to seek our own purpose, within reason, of course. We still die with the night, only to rise again when darkness falls. Thankfully, in this modern society that is not such a hindrance.
While this freedom is certainly appreciated, the power we have gained also ensures that hunting is much quicker and safer, for all involved. I have yet to determine where, specifically, I should direct all the free time I now have. I still worship God but now my reading material has broadened to include history, current affairs, even novels. The internet is a wealth of knowledge for the common man.
I have found myself contemplating where my family is now. I wonder, did my brother survive the war? Is my mother still alive?
Am I an uncle?
I will not search the answers to these questions until I am confident I can handle them.
There’s obviously chemistry between you and Anita, and I was hoping you two would be exchanging more than blood. Do you have any teasers you can share for the second book in the Black Swan Inheritance?
Things between me and Anita are strained. Her nature and my desires are not easily compatible. The Black Swan is the witch of seduction; it is where she gains her magic. She cannot be faithful to me, and so we are at an impasse.
I respect her greatly, and am undoubtedly attracted to her, but it is impossible for us to have a healthy romantic relationship. I will be her loyal confident, and will support her, but I cannot have hope that we can ever be together.
Not unless something changes.
Well, I look forward to the second book in the series, and discovering what’s in store for you, Anita and the other characters. I hope I haven’t kept you up, or out, or anything …. Christopher? Oops, he must have flown off.
That interview gave me the shivers!! Visit Marigold’s blog, Versus Blurb for more details.