Lorelei Bell is a self-published author who specifically writes within the vampire genre. Her first novel was self-published in 2008. She is a self-proclaimed JK Rowling fan that has loved vampires since their darker days. (Yes, from before they sparkled). She runs a blog and website in between her general publishing schedule.
Nadine: Lorelei, thanks so much for taking the time to have this interview with us.
Lorelei: Thanks for having me!
Nadine: As a start tell our readers a bit more about yourself. Who is Lorelei? What makes her tick. What made you write?
Lorelei: That’s a good question. I’ve never tended toward trends—not in clothes, thought, religion, or in my writing, for that matter. I am my own person. I’m not extremely shy, but if I had the choice of being alone or in a crowd—bluckh, nix the crowd. I’m happy in my own shell. I am a self-learned naturalist. I at one time studied witchcraft, and then turned my attention to the Native Americans and found that their beliefs more mirror my own.
I’m a little bit of a psychic, and along with my husband, we also are telepathic. I’ve also had out-of-body experiences (when I was a teenager). I also believe in ghosts.
I actually started out as an artist. But I took a creative writing class in my senior year in high school, and I fell in love with writing. I haven’t really ever quit, although I have gone on hiatus a couple of times. But my love of writing will always be with me. I have kept a journal since 1973.
Nadine: On your blog I noticed that you make mention of the questions that I’m sure is in everyone’s mind when it comes to vampires. “What is it that attracts us to these blood-feasting strangers that wander the night? Why do we continue to perpetuate it?
Lorelei: That is a good question. I’ve tried to answer it for myself, as I can’t speak for everyone. My mother died of cancer when I was 12, and I never had closure, one day she was taken to the hospital, and then the next thing I was told she was living with God. My obsession with death, cemeteries, and eventually vampires sort of grew from this one harsh moment in my tender years. I have not quite figured out how the vampire thing came about—I think the soap opera “Dark Shadows” may have drawn my curiosity–I was an impressionable teenager at the time. Barnabas threw me for a loop!
I think it’s the danger, certainly, that catches our breath with these fictional creatures—someone who seek us for a meal, and someone who can take us to a primitive high with just a bite—or in some cases, a look. When I grew a little older, I felt that sex was a natural thing to add to the blood lust. That’s why, in my novels, I’ve made the two things both of paramount importance to the vampire.
Nadine: What made you become a fan of the fictional vampire?
Lorelei: Along with what I stated above, I think it came with the idea that they were immortal, and they never died. I hate the idea of death. I believe it simply agreed with something in my emotional make up that helped me cope, and even, for a while when I was young, thought vampires (the movie/fictional types) might exist. Perhaps something about that dark stranger in the night was what drew me. I really don’t know.
Nadine: These days there is a general definition that has been set aside for different identified vampires. How do you feel about these sanguine, psychic and omnivorous (hybrid) Vampyres? Has reading definitions about them changed your understanding of real people who for their own personal reasons, identify with one or more of these types?
Lorelei: I think it has. I know that people who do have certain needs to attain this from others/donors (psi/energy, or blood) that are outside of the perceived “normal” exist.
I wrote the third book, “Vampire Nocturne” (not yet out), so that I could introduce “sanguines” and those who are psychic vampires. Of course, my sanguines are still the fictionalized vampires. I’ve actually woven Drakulya into this one. His son is a psychic vampire who feeds while having sex—always with a donor who is okay with it. Sabrina Strong (Main Character), actually turns partially into a werewolf prior to their making love, so I had a lot of fun with that!
Nadine: Many Vampyres within the local community fear to be exposed to the general population. ( yes, very much like what we would read in our own fictional vampires) What do you feel is the real reason for fearing to come out? Do you think they interpret “coming out,” in the same manner as the general population initially felt over people that identified themselves as gay?
Lorelei: I think, in some ways it is. I don’t think some people would understand or accept them. In fact I think it would be, in some cases, much worse—in the believable category, rather than merely accepting something about an individual’s sexual preference.
Nadine: How would you –as a vampire lover treat such a person?
Lorelei: I treat all people I meet with in the same manner I hope they treat me. I give everyone a fair shake, and that’s really all we can ask, isn’t it?
Nadine: Fun question. Who’s your favorite fictional vampire of all time and why?
Lorelei: I’m thinking…. Can I choose my own master vampire Bjorn Tremayne? He’s simply everything that I feel a vampire in fiction should be, and sometimes isn’t. He has his own agenda, knows what he wants, and yet he is fair with Sabrina—up to a point. I always thought that the way Dracula was portrayed as a villain was unfair. But I do enjoy some of the more modern Dracula portrayals. I thought Frank Langella as Dracula (1979) was perfection.
Nadine: How have the likes of Edward Cullen, Dracula and modern movies and series influenced interest on your sites and in your writing?
Lorelei: In my writing? Well, I veer away from shiny vampires all together LOL. Dracula, we have to have him, because he was the first one we paid any attention to, it brought it all out of—well—the closet, didn’t it?
I think that all of these things helps me write my vampires in a way I want them to be, rather than the way someone else has painted them in their stories or movies. Anne Rice changed the field, and after that we writers have taken matters into our own hands.
And let’s face it, the interest has been there since the first vampire stories, and the interest hasn’t died yet. Some are trying to predict that people aren’t buying the vampire genre (well, publishers and agents—but what do they know?), but they are wrong. I don’t see a lull in interest. There never has been.
Nadine: How does religion influence your writing?
Lorelei: In my first self-published book, “Spell of the Black Unicorn”, I created a race of wizards and sorceresses who came from Earth and left because of the rise in persecution of witchcraft. There are also Immortals, vampires, demons, and—of course—unicorns in that book.
In my Sabrina Strong Series, I had to come up with what my vampires could and could not do. When it came to the question of the crucifix, I determined this by their religion during their human years. So, for Bjorn Tremayne, who was a Viking in his human life, he is pagan and so only pagan effigies may deter him. And all those who were Christians, have some fear/revulsion toward the cross. However, Vasyl is a little different. He was a priest during his human life. He actually wears crucifix earrings, and in one scene in the first book he is able to kiss the cross Sabrina wears.
Nadine: Are you aware of the difference between the identification –Vampire and Vampyre? How do you interpret the difference?
Lorelei: I actually didn’t know that there has been an identification. I would presume that Vampyre would be the human/real vampires?
Nadine: Your novel Holy Devil was published on Amazon on 20 June 2012. How have reviews and sales been going?
Lorelei: I can’t say for around the world. I can only see when it is sold over here. And I’m sorry to say I’ve sold one just recently. And a friend in England bought it, too, and she made the only review that I know of. But, people don’t know about it, so I give it about a year or so.
Nadine: Tell our readers a bit about its plot.
Lorelei: A local priest has been brought to a home to try to drive the demon from a woman. But midway along, the “Starets” (holy man), Rasputin comes to take over, and drives the priest away. Everyone thinks he is there to perform an exorcism—but is he? Haven’t you ever wondered why Rasputin had so many women fawning all over him, had a night life, and was so damned hard to kill? Well, I’ve answered those questions here.
Nadine: Vampires Trill was also launched on Amazon on 30 November 2011, how have this novels rating been going?
Lorelei: Basically, it sells along with the first novel, as this is the sequel. Things are slow right now. It’s hard to compete with so many other novels out there and try and distinguish yours as “different” enough so that people will buy.
Nadine: Tell our readers in short what to expect within this novel.
Lorelei: Sabrina Strong, a touch clairvoyant, learns she is actually the sibyl—the first in over a thousand years. She learns why Vasyl (the priest-turned vampire) has been waiting for her, and what is expected of her. More of her adventures as she saves her boss, Tremayne, when they travel to another world. She solves a murder, and almost becomes a victim herself. And suddenly she has a new admirer, Bill—her next door neighbor—who she learns is Nephilim, who wants to marry her. But Vasyl has some surprises too.
Nadine: Based on my communication with a lot of self-proclaimed vampires I have found that a lot of Stephanie Meyer’s writing had actually been based on the existing real vampire – how do you feel about that? How do you create your fictional characters?
Lorelei: This is the first I’ve heard about this. It’s possible, however I think she merely wanted to write something that teenagers could get into, and she came up with a way that her vampires can mingle in the daylight—under cloudy skies. From what I’ve read, she had this dialogue going in her head and had to put it down. I’m sure the vampire thing came later, once she figured out what this story was about.
I create fictional characters from real people, and personalities from life. And if they’re evil, I take ideas/personalities/crimes from news articles, and books. I read a number of authors. I love Dean Koontz. Ann Rule’s books give me some good inside stuff on crime/criminals too. I try to make all my characters seem as real as possible. They are not cardboard characters. I’ve based Tremayne on about 3 different men I’ve known.
Nadine: Are you busy with anything new currently? If so can you tell us about it?
Lorelei: Definitely! Where do I start? First of all, I’ve sent my third book, “Vampire Nocturne”, to my publisher back in March, they are editing it and I hope for a good cover to be found (to go with the face collection). This is my steampunk/vampire mish-mash novel.
I’ve written the fourth in the series, and still working on that, and am working on the fifth one.
I’ve got a mystery going—it has a bit of paranormal in it. Also I have written a short story (horror), and hope to get that up and self-pubbed eventually.
I’m editing “Spell of the Black Unicorn” and will be reintroducing/offering it as an ebook, when I have time!!!
I also hope to have another vampire short story accepted by Dark Moon Publishing for anthology—I’ve gotten through the first round, I hope to make the second round!!!
Nadine: Where can people follow your work and connect with you?
Lorelei: Lorelei’s Muse would be a good start. http://loreleismuse-lorelei.blogspot.com
Me and my books are all over facebook – I have a fan page as well http://www.facbook.com/groups/170436689719229/
Nadine: Thanks so much for doing this interview with us!
Lorelei: I thank you very much for inviting me!