Posted in Horror, Interview
November 1, 2012

A Blood Seduction: Q&A about Vamp City with Pamela Palmer

Hi, it’s Madeline! Pamela Palmer is with me today for Q & A on Lady Smut.  Pamela’s first book in her new series is called A BLOOD SEDUCTION.  Set in VAMP CITY  (which is also the name of the series) Pamela’s distopian novel is about a dark parrallel decaying world.  This alternative D.C. capitol mixes the ante-bellum past with an apocalyptic present.

MADELINE IVA:  Pamela, what a bold choice to create this tormented, and (literally) dark world! Were you nervous about having floggings, torture, and human slavery in this new series? Are there other urban fantasy authors out there who inspired you to get so grotty? ;>

PAMELA PALMER: LOL. I wish I could blame it on another author, but no. It’s all my doing. : ) Things got dark
when I went searching for what made MY vampires different from everyone else’s. There are
so many vampires out there now and every writer puts his or her own spin on them. It
occurred to me that my vampires didn’t feed solely on blood, but also on emotions. And
that’s what set the path. After all, vampires aren’t likely to feed on joy and laughter, but on
fear and pain. And pleasure. The situation in Vamp City is worse than it should be and
Arturo and Quinn will eventually figure this out. I can’t say more or I’ll give away spoilers!

MADELINE IVA:  As you mentioned, the vampires in this world can literally feed off pain and fear, not just blood.  In Vamp City how are the vampires created?

PAMELA PALMER: Vampires are sired, just as in most traditional vampire tales, but it takes a conscious act by
the siring vamp to make it happen. Much like Ann Rice’s vamps. There are no accidental
vampires. And in my world, most humans don’t survive the transition.

MADELINE IVA: You’ve got some other interesting characters lurking out there in the darkness surrounding the city as well–can you tell us a little about the other creatures of the night in your series?

PAMELA PALMER: There are werewolves in Vamp City. And at least one werevamp (a werewolf who was long
ago turned into a vampire). There are a couple of sorcerers and a sorceress (our intrepid
heroine). And other things, which will come to light as the story progresses. ; )

MADELINE IVA: Vamp City was made back in the 19th century and seems more “period” than our modern world. What was it like having to do historic research for an urban fantasy novel? Did mixing history and the contemporary ever tangle you up as you were writing the series?

PAMELA PALMER: I had a blast researching 1870 Washington, D.C. Fortunately, I live in the D.C. suburbs, so I
have easy access to the real place. But I collected old photos, history books, old maps, etc. to
really understand what D.C. was like at the time of the Civil War and shortly afterward. (There
was little infrastructure (no sewage lines, and of course no electricity or phone lines) The
streets hadn’t even been paved! They were still dirt.Then I used my imagination to figure out what a duplicate of that world would look like if left
to rot and decay in the dark for one hundred forty years, its only caretakers the vampires
who resided within. Especially since those vampires had access to the real world. I figured
some would take advantage of modern inventions and bring in generators, televisions (with
DVD players), vehicles, etc. Other vamps would cling to the old ways and what they knew.
With dirt streets and and no gas stations, horses would still be the transportation of choice.
I’m still figuring out all the interesting little idiosyncrasies of this place. And I’m having so
much fun doing it!

MADELINE IVA: I REALLY want to ask you about the vampire that your heroine ends up knocking boots with.  Their situation is certainly complicated.  He’s a sometimes bad guy, sometimes protector who could conceivably turn into a hero one day–but in A Blood Seduction he seems like he’s got miles and miles to go before he can become a “good guy” we root for.  What I really want to ask you is: did you flinch while creating this guy as a love interest? It’s just such a bold move–did your agent flinch on your behalf? ;>

PAMELA PALMER: Ha! Actually, no, I didn’t flinch. Because I know the whole story. ; )A Blood Seduction is only book one of four or five (I still don’t know which). In many of my romances, the hero is more anti-hero than hero during the first 20-25% of the book, especially toward the heroine. (If you’ve read my Feral Warriors book, think Jag with Olivia. Or Paenther with Skye.) At the beginning of the romance, the hero is very much his old, flawed self. It takes his clashing with the heroine…and his starting to care about her…for him to wake up to his flaws. Arturo is no different. Throughout book 1, he remains loyal to his vampire master even when it becomes harder and harder to do. And while I don’t want to give away spoilers, at the end of book 1 he does something that’s a bit disloyal. And it changes everything. Book 2 is written and I can tell you Arturo is changing, though it’s not easy for him or anyone around him. Quinn, too, is changing. Ultimately they’ll earn their happily ever after, but they have a long, difficult, exciting road to travel before they get there.

MADELINE IVA: Overall, I have to say that the book has really stayed with me.  The more I think about it, the more I like the rich complexities you’ve created — it’s my favorite book of yours at this point!PAMELA

PALMER: I’m so glad, Madeline! Thank you. : )

So readers — are you hooked yet? Leave a comment below and you can win a copy of A BLOOD SEDUCTION today!

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  • Elizabeth Haney

    I am totally hooked!! Thanks for the interview and for the chance to win!!
    ehaney578 at aol dot com

    Reply to Elizabeth Haney
    • Post authormadelineiva

      Yay Elizabeth! So glad you dropped by today. 🙂

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    • Pamela Palmer

      Yay! I’m glad to hear that, Elizabeth. I hope you enjoy it. : )

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  • Audi

    I just wanted to say I Loved this book!! I have read it a few times already and am eagerly awaiting the next installment!! 🙂

    Reply to Audi
    • Post authormadelineiva

      I am too! It just haunted me after I read it and I remember so much of it very clearly. I thought it was the perfect book to summon a spooky Halloween spirit.

      Reply to madelineiva
      • Pamela Palmer

        Hey Madeline,
        Thanks for having me here! I’m absolutely delighted that A Blood Seduction had such an effect on you. (I think that’s a good thing!)

        Reply to Pamela Palmer
    • Pamela Palmer

      I’m so glad, Audi! LOVE that you’ve read it multiple times. 🙂 Book 2, A KISS OF BLOOD, will be out the end of June, a continuation of Quinn and Arturo’s story. I also have a Vamp City novella coming out Feb. 12th in the anthology Vampires Gone Wild with Kerrelyn Sparks, Amanda Arista, and Kim Falconer through Avon Impulse.

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  • Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

    I’m not entering since I already have a copy but I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the book and I’m looking forward to book 2.

    Reply to Jennifer @ The Book Nympho
    • Post authormadelineiva

      Thanks for stopping by Jennifer!

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    • Pamela Palmer

      Hey Jennifer! Hugs. 🙂

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  • LizEverly

    I’m hooked! Sounds like an interesting take on the vampire cannon.

    Reply to LizEverly
    • Post authormadelineiva

      You know, as I said to Pamela, I read the book a while back, but it’s stuck with me and just stayed in my brain. I think Pamela took some real risks that I admire with the book, and I don’t know how it will all work out to an HEA, but I really like that I don’t know what will happen next.

      Reply to madelineiva
    • Pamela Palmer

      I hope you enjoy it, Liz!

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  • Cindy

    Thank you for the interview & a chance to win. Learned a little I did not know. I love VC and can not wait to read the next installment.


    Reply to Cindy
    • Pamela Palmer

      Hi Cindy! Glad you stopped by and love that you love VC. 🙂

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  • Sheila Schwartz

    Wow, I have read all the Feral books and boy do they rock!! So I am really, really excited about starting the Vamp City series…and after this Q & A even more so!!! Thanks for your outstanding talent Pamela Palmer!! 🙂

    Reply to Sheila Schwartz
    • Post authormadelineiva

      Hi Sheila! Have you seen Pamela speak in person? She rocks!

      Reply to madelineiva
    • Pamela Palmer

      Thanks, Sheila, you sweetie! 🙂

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  • Heather

    I was hooked on this book as soon as I discovered it! I love everything Pamela writes and they way she creates her worlds. The thing I love the most about her books is the realistic portrayal of het “anti-heroes” as she calls them. They are flawed but watching both the hero & heroine change to be better people is absolutely the best part!

    Book 2 comes out June 25 2013 and I am counting down! 😀

    Reply to Heather
    • Post authormadelineiva

      Yes, Heather! My ears always prick up when I hear about an anti-hero hero. But so often the author pulls her punches and they turn out to NOT be really that bad, or others lied about them, etc. I mean, in this book the anti-hero really is just that. At last! You know who also does this SO well? Jo Bourne in Spy Master’s Lady. Her hero Gray is the enemy and he just doesn’t relent. Loved it! — so delicious.

      I think the great thing about this tactic is if the heroine isn’t getting help from the hero/anti-hero, she’s got to work harder to come up with solutions. Those authors who make their characters work the hardest are the best, I think.

      Reply to madelineiva
      • Pamela Palmer

        I’ve heard great things about Spy Master’s Lady and haven’t read it, yet. I need to!

        Reply to Pamela Palmer
        • Post authormadelineiva

          I’ll mail you a copy if you like. I happen to have two. 🙂

          Reply to madelineiva
    • Pamela Palmer

      Thanks, Heather. I appreciate that! It’s definitely tricky to make heroes out of some males. To be a hero, they have to have that core of honor and goodness deep down, but sometimes the defensive layers have gotten so thick, for one reason or another, that they just aren’t in tune with their inner selves any longer. Men like this are often the most interesting to write. I’m glad you guys enjoy them, too!

      Reply to Pamela Palmer
  • Sofie Couch

    sounds like a great series and I love the detail about researching the setting through old photographs!

    Reply to Sofie Couch
    • Post authormadelineiva

      Thanks for commenting Sophie. And thanks for following our blog! 🙂

      Reply to madelineiva
  • LizEverly

    Thanks to Pamela and for everybody for stopping by our new-ish blog today. More good things to come. Please check back often!

    Reply to LizEverly
  • Linda

    Love this and can´t wait for my chance to read it, =) it´s on my TBR list.

    best wishes, Linda xo

    Reply to Linda
    • Post authormadelineiva

      Thanks Linda and thanks to everyone who commented on Pamela’s wonderful new book! And we hope to hear from you again at Lady Smut. We’ll contact the winner through email.

      Reply to madelineiva
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