I finished writing my first vampire story yesterday and I've got to tell you, it was a lot of fun. For years, I've read everything from the Sookie Stackhouse books and MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy to Kresley Cole's Immortals and (of course) Sherrilyn Kenyon. Heck, I skipped class in college for a week when I discovered my first paranormals - Ann Rice's Interview with the Vampire series. Those books were so new, so fresh and they basically started the modern vampire romance genre.
So what took me so long to write one? Aside from liking demon slayers and biker witches, it seemed like there were a lot of vampires out there already. Why not do something else? Turns out, the lure of the vampire was too strong [add your own Dracula bwaaa-haa-haa sound effects here]. They're publishing a sequel to The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance and I was asked to take part.
Ann (from this blog) was also asked and we started PMing each other about the vampire myths out there and what we could do that hadn't already been done.
Ann's finished story is awesome and I think I did pretty good too. But this whole experience has made me pay a lot more attention to what appeals to me about the genre. I like the bad boys, and the idea that eternal life = eternal soulmates. I'm not too sure about how the women always seem to change to become like the men. I really like how different authors create their worlds - some vampires can walk in the light, others laugh at garlic and it gets me every time when holy water thrown in her face makes Queen Betsy sneeze.
For some reason, I like it when the heroes have a tragic past. JR Ward does this so well. I like that they can be reformed and who doesn't go for an eternally gorgeous man? But it makes me curious. If you read vampire books, what appeals to you? And what (if anything) drives you crazy?