Barbara G.Tarn is a blogger and the author of Rajveer the Vampire; here is a link to her blog:
Q: What is Rajveer the Vampire about?
A: It’s about a proud Rajput warrior in 14th century India who is turned into a bloodsucker by a western druid… making him immortal, but also extremely conflicted! His religion doesn’t really approve of drinking people’s blood. Fortunately he doesn’t have to kill anyone to survive and thrive, but it still takes stamina to live through the centuries, watching mortal lives wither and die.
Q: What inspired you to write it?
A: My love for India and Bollywood! I noticed a few Bollywood actors have rather pointed canines… it actually started as a joke, with my body-switching witch wanting a Desi Vampire as a pet (you can read “Samantha’s Day” in “Strange Portals”, the Inkslingers free anthology that came out last year), and it became a full historical fantasy novel, combining my love for history and India. I came up with my own vampire mythology after reading Dracula, re-reading “Interview with the Vampire” and following the vampire series Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor…
Q: What makes Rajveer worth reading about?
A: The unusual setting (India during the Muslim invasions), the lack of actual romance, the exploration of another culture and its history – with a lot of action and dialog! *grin*
Q: Who are some of your writing influences?
A: I admit I’m influenced more by comic books, movies and TV. I didn’t read that much when I started writing in my long forgotten teens, and that’s why – when I switched to English in my 30s – I wrote screenplays first, then I went back to my first love, prose.
Q: I work as a customer service representative, what kind of work do you do?
A: I’m a part-time bank teller going on 28 years working for the same financial institution (with mergings and acquisitions in the 21st century that messed up everything, not to mention the coming of the Euro…) and looking forward to quitting and living off royalties! *grin* I spent barely ten years full-time – shows how much I love that job…
Q: How does your day job influence your writing?
A: I write fantasy to escape that awful reality. I stopped writing contemporary stories (except the few years I wrote screenplays for Hollywood) more or less when I started working… I’d rather make up stuff or relive past eras than writing about this screwed up world. I have a bank manager in one of the body switches stories, but usually my characters have much more interesting jobs than me! *grin*
Q: What was the most challenging thing about writing your book?
A: The research. Finding English texts on Indian history written before the British Raj (that had it’s own view of the Commonwealth and the countries it “owned”) – although I did use a couple of 19th century translations of “diaries”: in this book the Baburnama (biography of Babur), in another book I’ll have to check the Akbarnama (biography of Akbar). And “Vikram and the Vampire”, an abridged translation of old Sanskrit tales.
Q: Why are vampires so popular?
A: Good question! I hadn’t thought about vampires since the 20th century! I was stuck with “Queen of Darkness” (book 3 of Ann Rice’s vampires) and had really enough until I stumbled into Amaranthine… and then the Bollywood canines… so I read Dracula and a couple more stories and set off to write my own. I’m afraid I haven’t read the most popular titles, although I did download some samples on Kindle, but none of them made me want to continue reading.
Q: What have you done to promote your writing?
A: I write the next book. I have two series (adult unconventional fantasy and science fantasy) and now these vampire historicals… Next year I’ll write Kaylyn’s story! She’s Rajveer’s sister-in-darkness and you can read how she was turned in “When The Lights Go Out”, Inkslingers free anthology 2015.
Q: If you could meet any famous vampire, who would you pick and why?
A: Louis de Pointe du Lac – Brad Pitt’s incarnation! I absolutely love that movie (did I mention that I’m more interested in movies than books?*grin*)! And I’d tell him to stop bothering – there is no heaven and no hell and since he can choose to kill or not to kill, he should stop worrying. Now, the movie ends differently from the book, so… I’m not sure what I’d tell him next!
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