In the mid-1700s, vampire hysteria is sweeping across Eastern Europe. A war is being led by multiple fronts, by government monarchs, the Catholic Church, and privately. For Leon these battles are personal, as he is forced to ingest the ashes of the vampire in order to resist the temptation to become a vampire himself. His allies include Milos, an old man who has been combating the undead since his days in the military, and Suzanna, a woman who might just be looking to use the two men for her own personal vengeance. Together the three hunt the vampire responsible for Leon’s potential transformation, who is trying to impress a far more sinister and sadistic power who resides up the Borgo Pass in Transylvania.
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Historical fiction with a vampire twist has been one of the most challenging, creative, and fun things that I have ever done. What makes my story unique is that the characters are a part of real vampire history, like the excavation of Arnold Paul. They have the reports written by the military in their hands. It adds a sense of realism to a fictitious world and brings life into my characters. With good story telling i believe you will care what happens to them.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Keep writing. Take the bad with the good. Never give up on it. Most of all, have fun. That is why we do what we do.
Mike Zimmerman is a graduate of Oakland University in Rochester Michigan where he studied History, Political Science, and Social Studies. He is a published author in Renaissance Magazine and likes to write both fiction and non fiction in his spare time.
Mike has moved near Phoenix Arizona with his wife Jamie, their daughter, Lilah, who turns 3 this year, and the family dog, Sonny. Some of his hobbies outside writing include coaching and playing basketball, sand volleyball leagues, watching movies, especially in the Marvel Universe, going to concerts, and “old school” video games.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was challenged in a creative writing class in college to write a complete novel. I had always loved writing, and reading Dracula in 10th grade was a turning point in my life. I was determined to contribute and or pay my respects if you will to that story. I researched heavily and found that my fiction could be fit into real world events and locations. As I began to weave my characters in and out of history, I knew I had something that I wanted to share with the world.