Meg Cabot sat down with SheKnows for an exclusive chat about Insatiable as well as her place in the pop culture collective. And don't miss SheKnows TV today for a full story on Meg Cabot -- bestselling author!
SheKnows: Congrats on your latest book, Insatiable.
Meg Cabot: Thanks, you guys. I'm so excited about this book! I know I should be excited about all my books -- and I am! But there's something about Insatiable. I really can't explain it!
SheKnows: Fans are used to your young adult novels, like The Princess Diaries and the Airhead series. What's the big news about Insatiable?
Meg Cabot: For one thing, it's my first adult book (uh, I mean, book in the adult section of the bookstore) to come out in ages. For another, it's my first adult paranormal (meaning, it's got paranormal aspects in it -- girls with psychic powers, secret societies, hot dead guys -- like my books in the Mediator series, but it's not set in high school).
SheKnows: Are you a vampire fan?
Meg Cabot: I've never been the hugest fan of vampires. They bite! So why write a book with vampires in it? Well, for one thing, I got an idea for one! And for another, I love, love, love pop culture. And what's more pop culture-y right now than vampires?
SheKnows: What intrigued you about vampires? What did you learn in your research?
Meg Cabot: Vampire stories have been around (and part of popular culture) for millennia. The ancient Greeks, the Romans, and the Hebrews all told stories about demonic creatures who fed on the blood of the living. Vampires aren't just a trend, they're a tradition! The first rich, sexy vampire appeared in print as far back as 1819: The Vampyre: A Tale was written by Lord Byron's doctor, based on a tale Byron came up with the same night (and in the same room!) Mary Shelley invented the horror genre with Frankenstein. After The Vampyre, vampire fiction became all the rage. But it wasn't until 1897, when a little-known theatre manager slash pulp fiction author named Abraham (Bram) Stoker wrote the most famous vampire novel of all time, Dracula, that we had our first feminist heroine in vampire fiction: Mina Harker (who was also a writer, by the way).
SheKnows: So, back to the original question: Why write a vampire novel?
Meg Cabot: Well, like I said, I got an idea for one. It started with a little dog. The dog in Insatiable, Jack Bauer, is based on a real dog, also named Jack Bauer. I opened my front door one morning to find this puppy sitting on my porch. My quest to find his real owner, what happened when I did find him, and how miserable I was for months afterwards -- until I found Jack again -- ballooned into something I never expected: Insatiable, a book I never wanted to write! But I couldn't stop myself and I'm so glad I didn't.
SheKnows: Where can fans learn more?
Meg Cabot: There is much more about Jack Bauer, the story behind him (and the people who helped save him and the rest of the world from a vampire siege) on the Insatiable page at www.megcabot.com.
In the meantime, ask for Insatiable, coming wherever books are sold on June 8 -- in the US, UK, Brazil, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Russia, and more!
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