I'm ecstatic to have Lisa Shafer, author of Confessions of an Average Half-Vampire, on the blog today!
Lurking in the nuclei of a few rare human cells is an as-yet unstudied gene. It is a gene that makes the inheritor crave mammal blood and faint in bright sunlight. It is a gene that prevents the bearer from appearing normally in digital or mirror images.
It’s a gene that makes life heck if you’re in junior high and trying to fit in.
Eric Wright is a half-vampire with a problem. Several problems, actually. He can’t tell bloodlust from his rollercoaster adolescent hormones. The cutest girl in first period English wants him to become a vegetarian. And the assistant principal suspends him when he refuses to explain why his skin appears translucent in a school security video.
Then Eric’s non-vampire mom, who’s definitely not telling everything she knows, takes him with her on a business trip. To Scotland, where it never stays sunny for very long. The perfect hang out for a vampire. Or several. If only Eric can find one to talk to before he makes any more stupid mistakes....
Where did the idea for Confessions of an Average Half-Vampire come from?
I was teaching a lesson on reflexive pronouns (just like the teacher does in the book), and I teased a boy named Eric about how he might not show up in a mirror if he were a vampire. He had an odd sunburn due to his being a golfer and wearing just one glove, so I suggested he might be a half-vampire -- and the class LOVED it. We worked up the most basic ideas of the book right there in class. (That was 2003, so the book has changed a great deal since then.)
Who's your favourite character from the book?
Eric, of course. But I love Joseph and Patrick as well. I loathe Becca, but she's supposed to be completely loathsome.
What book do you wish you had written?
Dracula! Or Lord of the Rings.
Harry Potter or Twilight?
I am a super Harry Potter fan. I've read and re-read the books. I have read all four Twilight books, but and I find the story to be an okay beach-read.
Describe your book in ten words.
A half-vampire searches for help and finds it within himself.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Stop trying to write the best seller or prize winner; just write what you love and enjoy your creativity. Self-publishing's not for everyone, but once I stopped trying to please agents and publishers and went with self-publishing, I really started to enjoy writing even more. I love doing my own thing!
Thus, to new writers, I'd say, "If you're so busy trying to please everyone that you're no longer having fun, you're killing your own creativity."
A signed copy of Confessions of an Average Half-Vampire
A "Just Another Average Half-Vampire" T-Shirt (Sizes: S/M/L/XL)
Some awesome bookmarks!
This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL! So, no matter what corner of the earth you live on, you can enter!
NOTE: This book is NOT a vampire romance, it is a humour!
Have a great day!
Have a great day!