My series of interviews with the authors of Fresh Blood continues today with the talented (and very funny) Karen Griffin!
- Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been writing? My name is not Karen Plaisance. Karen Plaisance is the name I use to hide from the voices. I am a hack writer/blogger/massage therapist. I don’t do happy ending. If you ask, I’m legally allowed to kill you with my t-bar. I’ve been writing since I was five. To be fair, A is for Apal wasn’t the bestseller I thought it would be, but I’m hoping for better sales with the reprint. I think it’ll do well with today’s hipster market.
- Which story did you contribute to Fresh Blood and what made you want to write that story? The story “Ghosts and Houseguests” started out as an unpublished novel I wrote years ago that I shortened for the anthology. I got the idea for the character Dori before I came up with the plot. A child vampire seemingly dependent on her elders turns out to be the oldest known vampire in existence. She runs New Orleans and who knows what else? And she likes dumpster diving and can’t keep track of time to save her unlife. I loved the irony.
- What other work have you done? I wrote a book a while back called Mercy Bound. A fated death oracle is accidentally blood bound to a vampire when a job interview goes horribly wrong. The leader of the New Orleans vamps wants to use her for her gift, a group of vampire hunters wants her on their side so they can destroy the New Orleans vamps, and her vegan/witch aunt just wants her home for dinner on time. Wacky hijinks ensue. I’m currently writing the sequel. It will be finished sometime before I die.
- What is it about vampires that makes you want to write about them? Vampires are smokin’ hot. Not the sparkly ones. Never the sparkly ones. (Insert Cringe Here)
- What other interests do you have and how do they influence your writing? I’m secretly obsessed with the 90’s. That was my era. I want my era back. I’ve been told this will probably not happen unless I build a time machine or start to age backwards or something. MB takes place a few days before Y2K. The main character has the ability to tell the most likely way a person might die, and I eventually plan to introduce a character that will be a die hard Saints fan. His most likely death day will be February 7, 2010 from a heart attack. He’ll have a smile on his face, though. Figure it out.
- Give us some links where we can find your other work (if available):
For those of you who want to know the real me, call my mother. She accepts bribes. Be aware, I get a piece of that action. I can’t give out her phone number or address, so here’s my Facebook page instead. Yes, that’s my real name. And my real nose: https://www.facebook.com/karen.griffin.961
If it’s gripes and existential nonsense you’re looking for, my blog Doomtown is chock full of ranty goodness! Feel free to hit up the tip jar ‘cause ranting ain’t easy. If you like the site, please follow. The one follower I have is getting lonely: http://doomtown-doomtown.blogspot.com/
And of course, my short story “Ghosts and Houseguests” can be found in the VWSG’s anthology right here along with many fine authors who totally didn’t pay me to say how wonderful they are…(wink, wink): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/366878
Oh, and for those of you who were wondering what the hell a t-bar is: http://neuromuscularsolutions.com/products.html
Find Fresh Blood: Vampire Writers Support Group Anthology #1 on Amazon: