Hmmm. I’d just contracted with a small publisher for my first mystery, Edited for Death. I was beginning a new career as a mystery writer and had three more books plotted out.
When my daughter and her husband took me out to dinner to celebrate, my son-in-law said “Nobody reads mysteries (not true!), write a vampire book.” I’d never read, let alone considered writing, a vampire/paranormal/romance book.
So I read Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher. And I wrote the first of what would become The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles, SNAP: The World Unfolds.
Suddenly, I was in a world of danger, passion, war and half in love with the sexiest, most competent, glorious five-hundred year old Hungarian vampire I’d ever met!
Jean-Louis has it all...beauty, wealth, humor. He speaks six languages, is second in command of the vast Kandesky vampire family and manages the family’s largest asset, the multimedia, international celebrity gossip empire, SNAP.
For four books and two novellas, the story of Jean-Louis and his human lover, Maxie (she’s the managing editor of the SNAP magazine) unfolds. He wants to marry her, but that means she’ll agree to be turned. Can she give up sun and all she knows for Jean-Louis’ love?
In SNAP: White Nights, she watches another love develop between her assistant, Jazz, and the third-in-command of the Kandesky family, the glittering and uber-sexy Nik, and learns some truths.
SNAP: White Nights is set against the volatile and changing political backdrop of Ukraine and Russia, a part of the world that’s making billionaires and is ripe for celebrity media. When Maxie invites Jazz to come for a visit to Kiev—with a shopping expedition in Paris as a sweetener—how can Jazz resist? And things reach a boiling point as soon as Jazz meets Nik. Watching this new love blossom between two of her favorite people, Maxie begins to see her relationship with Jean-Louis in a new light.
I wrote SNAP: White Nights so that Maxie could see and learn the pitfalls and triumphs of love through the eyes of others, and to give her an ally in this world of choices. Will she change? Will she give up the things she loves—Southern California sun, dining out with friends, hanging at the beach, driving her beloved convertible with the top down and the stereo blasting classic rock—for a beautiful man who loves her, lives in a castle, is at home with classical music and is offering her eternal life?
About Michele: Michele Drier was born in Santa Cruz and is a fifth generation Californian. She’s lived and worked all over the state, calling both Southern and Northern California home. During her career in journalism—as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers—she won awards for producing investigative series.
About the series: SNAP: White Nights is the seventh book of her paranormal romance series, The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles. The books include SNAP: The World Unfolds, SNAP: New Talent, Plague: A Love Story, DANUBE: A Tale of Murder, SNAP: Love for Blood and SNAP: Happily Ever After? She’s working on the eighth book in the series, SNAP: All That Jazz, scheduled for publication in late spring 2014. She also writes the Amy Hobbes Newspaper mysteries, Edited for Death and Labeled for Death. A third book, Delta for Death, is coming in 2014.
I'd like to thank Michele for stopping by to share her story. It's always interesting to me what strikes the creative spark for an author. Do you feel that way?
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