He slaughtered 30,000 in one night in Jerusalem and impaled 100,000 more in Romania in the 1400s. Now Vladamir Strigoi has discovered a way to enslave humans and rule the world – and this time, thanks to Project Ichorous, the death toll will be catastrophic.
Only one thing can put an end to his plans – a Strigoi human. And Vlad will stop at nothing to eradicate every last one.
Scarlett Fraser has no idea she’s the very thing Vlad is hunting. To stop him and save the world, she must remain human; but as Scarlett is about to discover, staying human is a lot easier said than done.
Vampire Origins weaves historical fact with fiction to trace the origins of five very different vampire tribes: Strigoi, Cambion, Strix, Bretonnian and Nosferatu.
Targeted Age Group: 15 – 24
Book Price: $0.99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
While most vampire books are heavily centric around a teen relationship, Vampire Origins is an epic saga that ties back to the vampire legends of old. It is full of action and twists historical events in much the same way that Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter did. Another thing that is very different in my stories is the POV. Most YA novels are singular point of view, told in the first person. Vampire Origins takes the reader into the minds of multiple characters, and has a fast pace that is impossible to put down.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Don’t cut corners! It doesn’t matter how well you did in high school English, or even if you’ve got a Masters of English Grammar, nobody can edit their own work successfully. As writers, we are too close to our own work. We need someone removed from our creative process to make sure that a; we’ve dotted our i’s and crossed our t’s, and b; that our story actually makes sense. Don’t entrust it to your mum, or your friend. Get a professional to do the job for you. It will cost you money, but it is an investment that is worth making. As someone who also reviews books, I cannot tell you how frustrating it is to read poorly edited books!
With over fifteen years in journalism and over a decade living overseas, Riley Banks knows how to tell a tale or two. Her fast paced novels hook readers and keep them hooked to the very last word.
Riley creates worlds readers won’t want to leave.
Whether she’s writing sexy, adult novels or action packed YA, you can rely on her signature to shine through: Fast pace, gripping suspense and characters so rich and bold they will stay with you long after you finish.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My daughter actually inspired Vampire Origins. We were spending Christmas in France one year. Her birthday is right before Christmas. We asked her what she wanted and she said she wanted to watch the new Twilight movie. Only problem, we couldn’t find anywhere in France where we could see it in English, and our French wasn’t good enough to watch a movie without subtitles!
In the end, I found a cinema in Stuttgart, Germany that was screening Twilight in English. But Stuttgart was four hours away.
We did the trip, suffered through the movie, and even bought the books to go along with it.
I read ten times faster than her, so picked the book up whenever she wasn’t reading it, and had soon finished the entire trilogy.
Strange that something I hated so much could actually inspire me to write a vampire book, but that’s exactly what happened.
After struggling through the three books, I sat down with my daughter and we started joking around about how the series could have been better. You know, ‘what things would you change about Twilight if you could’.
The conversation sparked my creative juices and I started jotting down some of the thoughts on paper. That night, I couldn’t sleep. While my husband slept peacefully beside me, I tossed and turned. My brain refused to switch off. I grabbed my pen and paper and started writing, and by six o’clock in the morning, I had the bare bones of a storyline set out. It was nothing like Twilight! Not even remotely close.
I took an article I’d read about Dracula’s castle being up for sale, and decided to use the castle as the setting.
Over the next few weeks in France, my husband and kids spent hours discussing story ideas with me. We came up with the concept of five different tribes of vampires and one human family that is thrust into the middle of an ancient prophecy.
And thus Vampire Origins was born.