Now stand and clap your hands for Chris Marie Green, author of the Vampire Babylon series, which began in 2007 with Night Rising and continued last month with Midnight Reign.
Chris, who also writes for several romance lines as Crystal Green, will be giving away a signed copy of her first vampire book, Twice Bitten, to (as always) one lucky commenter.
I will now let this very cool book trailer tell you about her latest:
Q. NIGHT RISING, MIDNIGHT REIGN, and BREAK OF DAWN (September 2008) form one trilogy in the Vampire Babylon series. You're currently working on the first book in the second trilogy. How is the second trilogy different from the first? A new set of characters? Will Book Six be the ultimate culmination, or could we see Books 7-9 as well? Or can't you tell us without spoilers? ;-)
Chris: Heh, heh, heh. Actually, I can’t tell you too much, but I can say that
You know, I can’t say that I’ve avidly sought out noir movies, but I do love them when I find myself watching one. The tone is always so stirring, and I love characters whose “moral compasses” aren’t always set quite right. Movies like
Speaking of films, the series takes place in an underground
I’m not sure about current stars, but I sure do wish Harrison Ford in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK could grace us again and again!
From your website, it looks like you've done a lot of traveling. Have any of your experiences inspired a brand-new story or novel you weren't expecting?
Most of the time I have a purpose for my trips. For instance, I did research for an atmospheric thriller called BAITED while I was in
If you could inhabit the life of any of your characters, enter their world and deal with it as that person, which one would you choose?
A lot of my characters are in deep trouble during their respective stories, so although I admire the courage of characters like Dawn Madison and Camille Howard, I think I’d want to be Kimberly Wight from a vampire Blaze I wrote called THE ULTIMATE BITE. She got into trouble, but it wasn’t too much, and she won the love of a hot vampire. I also very much connect to the “geek vibe” she had going: like Kim, I like to read comics and I’m a pop culture freak. Adding a vampire to the equation would make life extra interesting. :-)
Conversely, which of your characters would you most like to bring to life in our world (maybe as a best friend or much, much more ;-) ?
LOL—it seems most of my heroes have bigger issues than I’m equipped to deal with, so I’d choose Breisi Montoya from NIGHT RISING as a good friend. She’s totally got her stuff together, and she’d be a rock in anyone’s life. She’s also a kick-ass, vamp-slaying genius girl, and I would anticipate some very enthralling conversations during happy hour.
Same two questions, but use examples from another author's work (including television/movies/theatre)?
I sooooo want to be Indiana Jones. He doesn’t have any heavy personal things to drag around, and he’s just…Indiana Jones. I’d love to learn to use a whip like that, too.
As far as bringing a fictional character to life? I’d kind of like to do that to Dr. Sloan on GREY’S ANATOMY, just to give him a hard time. I’d tame that man (without totally taming him, of course).
Which author, living or dead, would you most love to collaborate with?
Larry McMurtry. It’d be awesome to take a master class from him in creating characters who reveal so much without saying a lot—but when they do have something to say, every word counts. And I love how his characters are so quirky yet very real.
If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about the publishing industry, what would it be?
Paying all authors 50% in royalties! LOL.
What's the weirdest tidbit of research you've ever incorporated into a book?
This is gross, but I think the honors would go to “How to Kill a Wild Boar” in BAITED (10/06). There are just things you never anticipate researching, and this was one of them.
What's your earliest memory?
I remember putting on this ALICE IN WONDERLAND record—it was red vinyl—on a turntable. Then I would go to the center of the room and spin around and around while I listened to music. I was a weird child.
Do you have any phobias?
I’d say the most noteworthy phobia I have is making sure the covers are around my neck when I go to sleep at night. I got that from watching IN SEARCH OF… when I was little. There was a clip of NOSFERATU because they were highlighting vampires, and that gave me a freaky fear of being ambushed by Max Schreck.
My husband hates when people use the word 'barometer' to mean 'measure.' Which word usage faux pas drives you berserkest?
When “travesty” is used instead of “tragedy.” Nggggghhh.
Let's say there's a TV show, movie, or recording artist that has a cult of one, i.e., you. Which is it? (i.e., what do you like that no one else you know likes)?
So embarrassing, but I love the movie STARSHIP TROOPERS. I know. It just has this hold on me every time it plays on TBS. Many, many people mock that movie, but I think the whole propaganda angle is awesome. And I kind of like the bugs that toot at the spaceships in order to defend their planet. Where else are you going to see that?
If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
Wow, I don’t even know. I think I would read all day, taking breaks only to watch new episodes of LOST (which would exist because I willed them to). While I watched TV, I would eat Chinese food, then a stuffed crust pizza, then chocolate mousse.
If you could write in a totally different genre than your current one, which would you choose?
I’d love to write a superhero comic! I guess that’s more a different medium than genre though. Still, give me SUPERGIRL or BATGIRL and I’d be ecstatic.
What are you working on now, and what new releases can we expect to see from you down the road?
I’m finishing up that fourth Vampire Babylon book and then polishing a vampire story for Blaze, which will be released in October. There’ll be lots more Vampire Babylon from me—I’m contracted for six books—and I’m hoping to write an atmospheric thriller in the near future. It’s a cross between Agatha Christie and THE SHINING.
If you could tell a perfect stranger just one thing about the VAMPIRE BABYLON series (other than what it's about--no cheating by quoting synopses or back cover blurbs), what would it be?
That it’s, at the core, about a girl who isn’t fighting to “save the world” as much as she’s fighting to save her own world. Also, it’s about feeling like a nobody in a society that asks everyone to be a somebody. And it’s about kicking vamp ass.
UPDATE: The winner of Chris Marie Green's prize, a signed copy of Twice Bitten, is...flip! Congrats! If you're watching, please send your mailing address to jeri AT jerismithready DOT com, and I'll pass it on to Chris.
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