Monday, February 18, 2013

Christopher F. Benson - Vampyre 2000: No Rest for the Wicked - Author Interview

Author Interview 

1. How did you come up with the title?
The title is a union between something old and traditional and something new and contemporary. To me, the word vampyre is a more Old World, Eastern European way to say vampire. It is pronounced “vawm-peer”. The number 2000 is not a year and isn’t meant to be taken so literally, as some may have thought. More so, it symbolizes the twenty-first century. In other words, something here and now. That was one of the original ideas for the book, how an early nineteenth century vampire would exist now and today.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Love can make people do things that they wouldn’t normally have done. It can open their eyes to what is important and show them a path through the wilderness. Love has the power to take hold of the deepest recluse or a violent killer and give their life something worth living for. It provides purpose to those who have none. However, it can also blind a person from seeing the difference between right and wrong. Love, at times, has been the motivation behind some very horrible things.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
Although the subject matter of the books is fictional, the entire series is based in reality. I wanted to establish the theme of realism immediately with Cornelius’ origin. I wanted his back story to be believable and not come across as magical or fantastic. One way was to define how a modern vampire would live and the extraordinary abilities that one would have. In my story, vampires do not turn into bats or clouds of mist. They lie in their true state, a corpse, during the day and they need to drink human blood for survival. Although they are superior to a normal man they are also extremely vulnerable. A stake through the heart, beheadings and especially fire are some traditional ways to kill my vampires. As a matter of fact, since Cornelius does not hold a job, own a car, have a driver’s license or pay for car insurance, he uses the subway and takes the bus. And the money that he uses to clothe himself and do the things that he needs comes from the victims that he preys upon.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
After the first book, Vampyre 2000: Life to the Lifeless was published, I asked myself that same question. The answer is; yes, I would. Looking back on it, I wished that I had explored how the police would’ve attempted to deal with a vampire problem that was growing out of control in the city. It is one of the main reasons why I introduced Detective Jackson in the second book, Vampyre 2000: Ill of the Dead.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
It may have been that while I am in the writing process, the stroryline of the book dominated my thoughts. Whether I was awake or not, subconsciously I was always thinking about it, even in my sleep. That wore me out. It was either that or editing the final manuscript.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I did. I learned that no matter how hard it was to write or how long it took to do, writing it was just a small part of the overall effort that needed to be put into the book. Most of the work comes after the book is written in the form of marketing and publicity. Making sure that the book finds it way in front of people and in book stores became a second full time job.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It probably started back in the sixth grade. On two different occasions I attempted to write a novel. The first one was about a nice family that brought home a cute German Shepherd puppy. As it got older, the reader would learn that the puppy was possessed by the devil. The other one was about a loner freak that always wore oversized sweatshirts or trench coat. It turned out that underneath he was hiding a pair of wings. I hand wrote them in a spiral notebook; I sure wish I still had those.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Hmm, that’s a tough one. At first I wanted to say John Milton and then I thought about William Shakespeare. Both of them were responsible for cultivating my love of the classics. But I can’t forget about H.G. Wells either.

9. Tell us your latest news.
Soon I am going to begin another writing project that I’ve had in the works for over a year. Titled “OS”, it’s a Science Fiction story set twenty five years into our future. It is a harsh and bleak world where man is forced to ask himself a frightening question. Should the activity inside of a computer chip be recognized as another form of life? I am expecting it to be available sometime in 2014.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
The Vampyre 2000 Series aren't stories about young, model type vampires that walk in the daylight and experience soap opera lives. They are stories about something completely different. I have been telling people that this is a new vampire story, but actually it isn't. It's more of a return to the characteristics that we imagine when we think about vampires. Within this story is drama, action, suspense and romance. As with every author, I believe that there is a great deal of myself within its pages. I honestly believe that this is a very good story, one that is well thought out and well written. I also think that you will enjoy it.

About the Book

In the third book of the Vampyre 2000 Series, Vampyre 2000: No Rest for the Wicked, Rita and Cornelius appeared to be living their afterlife happily ever after. Months after becoming vampyre, Rita had become well-adjusted to her new nocturnal lifestyle. They were both enjoying the relative peace and quiet of an undead life together when a violent and brutal murder, which had been captured by a security camera, was broadcast on national television. The news media quickly dubbed the vicious murderer ‘The Vampire Killer’. However, no one would have ever imagined that she was anything more than just a psychotic and deranged killer. But Cornelius knew exactly what she was. She really was a vampire. As much as he would have liked to forget, Cornelius once had a history with this woman and they had been romantically involved. But there would be no joyful reunion; memories of her brought only pain and suffering to his troubled mind. Her reappearance symbolized the darkest period in his long life of two hundred years. Because of her the life that he once knew had come to an abrupt end. With the aid of a Police Officer (Detective Simpson), Rita and Cornelius leave The Old Victorian behind and embark on an exhausting journey that would take them from one side of the country to the other. With some unfinished business and an old score to settle, Cornelius was going home for the first time in over two centuries. Vengeance has a name and it knows no boundaries.

Prices/Formats: $19.95 paperback
Pages: 272
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Buy Links: Amazon

About the Author

Christopher F. Benson grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He has always had a fascination with vampire stories and folklore, and was an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy as a child. Benson studied architecture and history at Texas Tech University and also acted extensively, including performing in several Shakespearean plays. After graduating from college, he began working as an architectural designer in San Francisco and San Antonio. In 2004, he began keeping his ideas for a modern vampire story in a writing journal, and in 2008, he began to write Vampyre 2000: Life to the Lifeless.

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