Vampires, strippers, escorts, night clubs, gangs, pimps & corrupt cops, the Nightlife of New York is never boring.
Aaron’s life is forever changed when he’s shot trying to rescue a drop-dead gorgeous woman on the streets of New York. Michelle’s existence as a solitary vampire is also altered, when she must share her blood to save him.
This story is bold & evocative infusing blood, sex, love & turmoil in an urban drama about two vampires battling evil outside & within themselves.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
The Paranormal genre is positively buried in vampire novels. To attempt this I needed something different. I wanted to combine several elements of horror/romance/urban-fantasy vampire novels to create a unique blend that is distinctly my own. I have spent some volunteer time helping addicts, so I also found my writing moving into areas of addiction. The Nightlife Series delves into some of the negative effects of drug addiction. It’s loaded with all the gritty “nightlife” components you could ever want: escorts, strippers, pimps, nightclubs, and prostitution.
In a way, I am able to live very vicariously through these dark romantic fantasy novels. My characters get to do all the things that propriety dictates I should not do. It’s my way of creating my own personal escape into a dark, decadent, dangerous place.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
The competition for discovery is fierce. We must provide a product that stands out with a unique factor; or something that speaks to the readers of our genre, giving them precisely what they want. I have chosen to be unique in cover art and writing. But I know my market is the romance/paranormal female readers, so my blurbs are written for those women.
I don’t do queries. I don’t waste time chasing waterfalls. I’m Indie and happy about it.
My advice: Writers/publishers need to study closely the trends in their genres, and finds ways to be at the cutting edge of that trend or carve out a little unique piece of that pie. We can no longer be just ‘writers’. We must learn all the tools employed in publishing and marketing, and learn how to attract attention amongst the gazillions of other authors trying to do the same.
Travis Luedke is a husband, father, and author of Urban Fantasy thriller, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction, and Sci-fi. He is currently catching a 3rd degree sunburn in San Antonio, Texas, and loving every minute of it. His recent works include “The Nightlife New York”, “The Nightlife Las Vegas” and “BLOOD SLAVE” the first novels in the Nightlife Series.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
At a very early age I developed a love of all things strange and macabre: horror-fantasy-sci/fi books and films. I became an avid reader of Steven King, Dean Koontz, Robert R. McCammon, Peter Straub, Clive Barker, Robert Heinlein, Piers Anthony, and many many more authors. I read everything I could get my hands on in these authors, they couldn’t publish enough material to keep me going. It was many years later, while reading an urban fantasy novel, that inspiration struck.
I thought to myself, why aren’t there novels that have this, that, and the other thing? Why can’t I find novels with a particular/peculiar blending of genres and elements? Maybe I should write those novels.
Once the idea hit, it sunk in deep to the core, to a place where I could not remove it without ripping out an integral part of my soul. I became convinced-obsessed with the idea that I could write novels that I myself would wish to read. Perhaps that’s a strange idea, perhaps it’s even foolish, but regardless, I started writing. I haven’t stopped since.