Today I would like to welcome author, David Nelson Bradsher, the author of the new vampire book, Vampire Sonnets. He was so gracious with giving me an interview this week. So, let’s start. Welcome David I am excited to have you here and want to than you for the interview. Here is the first question:
Q: Could you tell us about your new book, The Vampire Sonnets?
A: The Vampire Sonnets are what I’d call a beautiful accident. I’d written a solitary sonnet about a vampire toying too long with a serving wench, and in doing so doesn’t see the sun coming up behind him. In order to escape the exacting price of his exposure, he has to flee into a nearby forest for cover.
Based on that sonnet, a fellow writer told me he’d like to hear more of the “story”, so one sonnet became two; two become four, and so on. What started as an isolated image become a full-fledged verse drama totaling 200 + sequential Shakespearean sonnets. Specifically, it’s the tale of Tristan Grey, a 19th Century Londoner who is drawn into the world of Nina, a diabolically insane vampire, who leads the Chelsea Coven. Between his sudden turn, bouts of conscience, and confrontations with his human past and immortal present, he’s a portrait of conflict and internal questions.
Q: I know that I when I first heard of it I thought “Sonnet?” But after reading it I LOVE the idea. Why did you decide to make it in a sonnet form? Are there any specific theme or atmosphere that you are trying to reveal within the story by using the sonnet?
A: I’ve always been partial to the Shakespearean sonnet, specifically because it tells a story within itself in fourteen lines, and the final couplet is like the resounding click of a box as it closes. The form lent itself well to continuation, as the couplet is the “a-ha” moment that leads from the end of one to the beginning of another. The beauty of it is that each stands by itself, but is just a part of a greater whole.
Q: I so agree with the emotion and passion of the sonnet which is why I love your characters. In previous discussion we addressed the birth of your characters. Is there any specific one or two that you would like to tell the readers about? Maybe why you developed the character that way? Are they based off of someone in real life, etc?
A: I’m glad you asked that. If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to talk about three of them because those are the ones who are based on personal relationships…and each came into my life at a specific time during the writing of the story.
Maggie Quinn’s character is based on Maggie Flanagan Wilkie, my friend and editor. At the time I immortalized her, I hadn’t even met her. She was a reader on a site where I’d publish chapters, and her encouragement and interest in the story inspired me give her a place in the pages, so to speak. The fact that her character is a prostitute has no bearing on the real Maggie, but I must admit to a certain usage of a variation of that term when I’m in the mood to tease or lash out at Maggie during one of our marathon editing sessions. God bless her, she has so much patience with me when I go into “frustrated artist” mode.
Supriya, the Italian seer, is based on my girlfriend at the time, Carol Godfrey. Supriya was the name Carol was given in her yoga training, and it resounded perfectly with the intermediary character; plus, Carol’s intuitive nature and metaphysical background gave me the perfect model for Supriya on a daily basis.
The last is Valentina, based on my dear friend, Brandi Love, an erotic icon, who exudes sexuality at a rate and range that would kill a mere mortal from sixty yards away. I wanted the original vampire, a goddess, and Nina’s sire, to be a powerful and sensual being, and Brandi carries a sense, or, rather, an aura of sexual prowess and omniscience not to be denied. I literally purloined my impressions of her mannerisms, magnetism and confidence to create Valentina from the smoke of image and imagination
Q: Wow. Immortalizing friends in a book is the best compliment that you can give someone. I am very jealous. While reading the book I notice that you are very in touch with your female characters. as well as packed full of action. It is a perfect blend. I was wondering why did you choose to add romance?
A: Honestly, there is a sensuality present in vampires that would diminish the reader’s image without the presence of romance. I mean, these are immortal beings, and the level of commitment shown in creating an eternal companion carries with it a sense of romance that eclipses even a human’s capacity for it. They crave that connection, even as they destroy so many to find the few that qualify as desirable mates. I also enjoyed the taboo inference of love between a vampire and a human, two very different creatures who still manage to find the elusive connection that leads to love.
Q: I love that answer! I never thought of it that way before. I have enjoyed talking to you and looking forward to meeting you at my event this weekend, A Day of Mystical Blood Lust. Would you like to share some news with the fans?
A:The Vampire Sonnets will debut October 23rd at the A Day of Mystical Blood Lust Conference and Halloween Ball in Lexington, Kentucky. We couldn’t ask for a more perfect crowd of readers and critics to introduce your characters to. And what better way for inspired writer’s to end the day but at a Halloween Ball. Alexander Pope’s famous quote seems appropriate for the occasion:
True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
As those move easiest who have learned to dance…
October 23rd is also the day of The Vampire Sonnets’ ethereal launch announcement on Facebook. The verse drama has garnered interest around the world and it will be available to its distant fans for shipping on that day. Thanks, Tena. See you at the conference!!!
Thanks David. I can’t wait to meet you.
Readers, remember to return tomorrow to read my review of The Vampire Sonnets. I hope to see you all at A Day of Mystical Blood Lust on Saturday in Lexington, KY.