Good Morning everyone!
I’m really happy to have Michelle Rowen with us today! She nicely accepted to let us pry in that head of hers a little, so without anymore babble from me, I’m gonna let her take control!
Team Demon or Team Vampire?
by Michelle Rowen
You can keep your werewolves.
I think the real battle is between demons and vampires. What’s the contest? Who makes the hottest paranormal romance hero, of course.
Vampires have a running start in this game. They’ve been around seemingly forever, but in my opinion they’ve only really risen to the occasion of being heroic since Anne Rice’s Lestat made readers see that it’s possible for a bloodsucking monster to have a heart and, possibly, a soul. For him to want more than to find out where his next drink is coming from. For him to question whether or not killing humans is necessary to his survival.
Some might argue that in the last thirty years vampires have slowly become defanged. Take Twilight for example. For a movie about vampires, there’s not very much blood drinking going on. More sparkling and angsting.
Time for something a little different, I’d say. Vampires used to be scary, used to be the ultimate bad boy. Is he going to bite your neck or...just neck with you? Vampires used to equal danger, no question about it. Now, it’s a bit different.
Enter the demon. While I see a vampire as a self-hating, solitary dude who feels bad for stuff he’s done in the past and may, possibly, find his redemption in the love of a good woman, a demon isn’t quite that wishy-washy. A demon is the epitome of evil, right? He’s more like a guy who works for an evil company and he doesn’t have a choice in what he does. People look at him and see bad news, no question about it. You expect a demon to be evil and dangerous and a monster...from hell. Not a good place for vacationing. Transylvania’s even a bit more scenic than that.
This, to me, is intriguing. What would make a demon like this change his ways? Change what he really is deep down inside. Change what he’s known for whatever eternity he’s already lived. A vampire is a previous human who was turned into a monster, but a demon can be a so-called monster from day one.
Of course, when we’re talking about romance, both vampires and demons will be changed, no matter what has happened in their past, by the love of the perfect -- or, more interestingly -- non-perfect woman. She’s the catalyst that shakes up their world view and how they see themselves.
I’ve written humorous vampire heroes (although still rather angsty), and in 2011 I’ll be writing much darker vampires (with less angst, more bite). I heart vampires.
But I also heart demons. Or, I heart one demon in particular at the moment. His name’s Darrak and he’s the hero of my new Living in Eden series, starting with THE DEMON IN ME, which just came out at the beginning of May. He was created from hellfire hundreds of years ago by Lucifer himself. Darrak doesn’t bother with angst so much, or at least he didn’t in the past. Lately, though, he’s been having a difficult time after being cursed by a witch. She destroyed his original body and he’s needed to possess humans ever since the Salem witch trials. After all that time’s gone by, he’s now forced to possess my heroine Eden’s body and he can use her psychic energy to help him take solid form during the day.
Darrak’s sexy, he’s mischievous, he’s demonic. And he’s the most fun paranormal romance hero I’ve written to date.
So.....am I Team Demon or Team Vampire? Depends on what I’m writing, personally. Can’t I have both??
Let me know which team you prefer and your favorite hero that represents that team and you’ll have a chance to win a signed copy of THE DEMON IN ME.
For more info about me and my books, please visit www.michellerowen.com!
Thank you very much Michelle for taking to time to enlighten us *winks* It’s greatly appreciated!
Now onto that giveaway!
Michelle Generously offered a signed copy of The Demon In Me!
Giveaway is open to US & CAN
To enter you must answer Michelle’s question in a comment AND Fill The Form!
Ends July 4th, 2010.
You can download the four first chapters here =)