The interviewer, Ms. Nienke van Bruggen, asked some really good questions, I thought that I would share some of the Q & A’s with everyone!
Ms. Nienke van Bruggen; Is this your’ first book?
Answer: “To be His Soulmate” is indeed my first novel. In the past, I have always enjoyed dabbling with dark poetry and short stories. As with many writers, there were several abandoned attempts in the past. As a seasoned, published author, in hind sight I now know that the missing element in those attempts was the correct driving passion.
I hail from an area where legend and folklore are rich, an accepted way and part of our every day life. Living near the New Orleans area, an insatiable craving for knowledge of the paranormal and all things that dwell beyond the grasp of mankind began to overwhelm me at an early age. In my younger days, I read every book that I could access that had to do with paranormal activities, legend and lore; perhaps I was preparing for a future career as a horror author!
Ms. Nienke van Bruggen; Do you believe in the existence of vampires? And if yes, why?
Answer: A complex question, to which there are many ways to answer! I do not believe that the Vampire, as it is portrayed through recent media, exists in this day and time.
To begin with, I have researched the vampire for many years, I do not claim to know all but I have seen/read enough to state with confidence that the vampire is quite real! I do believe that vampires have walked this earth any many forms for nearly as long as man has walked on the same soil. If you have checked out my blog, you can see that there are many origination theories of where the vampire actually came from. My personal belief is that the Vampires were created when the Angels bred with the daughters of man. Those angels that God cast down from Heaven (see Genesis and Exodus in the old testament of the King James Bible or The book of Watcher in the Book of Enoch, or my blog) “The Fallen”, descended upon the earth and spread their seed into the population, the offspring of their breeding with the mortals are referred to as “Nephillum”. My research suggests that the Nephillum had the same traits as their Fathers and were also born with the same knowledge as the heavenly hosts. These traits, though described by ancient scribes, are shared with the description of vampires in every language and on every continent in every era, up until today. The Fallen were made by the hand of God, they were created with the same understanding, traits and immortality as the Heavenly hosts. In laymans’ terms, a Vampire has instincts and knowledge that mortals do not, example: levitation and hypnosis. Other traits, such as immortality, the ability to heal immediately and strength were also passed down from generation to generation however, as time passes the bloodline becomes more strained; the strengths and abilities that were originally passed down from The Fallen are not what they once were.
As to the why, There is evidence of their existence still to this day, statues stand in their honor, their history is in ancient religious texts, talismans and drawing can be found on display at museums all over the world. A creature as magnificent as the Vampire, whether known as an Egyptian God or a Roman Emperor, has left an imprint on this planet for centuries; all one has to do is open their eyes, and minds!
Ms. Nienke van Bruggen; In the book, when Christian meets Adrian, he suddenly realizes that Adrian is the reincarnation of Cassandra. How is his feeling of love? Since original vampires don’t have the same type of love we humans have.
Answer: The power of love! Christian, after having lost Cassandra, became so dark and vicious in his bloodlust that he extinguished entire bloodlines; his rampage on earth was so terrible that it drew the attention of the Gods. His vengeance to vindicate Cassandra’s death was his only driving force, so much so that he defied the requests of the God’s to cease his revenge. Christian was cursed because of his love for Cassandra, this is a love that is so strong it has continued to drive him for centuries as he awaited the day he would be reunited with his one true love.
In my research, it is true that Vampires do lose most of their human emotions, however the two strongest, love and hate, will always remain. This is consistent with legends from every continent in every era.
Ms. Nienke van Bruggen; In families, there are bloodbonds. Best friends can be blood brothers to if they want, by exchanging blood. How does this work with vampires? If one is bitten by another, are they connected then, or submissive? What do you think?
Answer: There is a segment on my blog, “The inherited traits of the vampire” that will interest you, another, psychological traits as well should answer some of those questions. In a short answer, A new vampire does inherit some traits from his maker. There is a definite bond created once a maker turns a new vampire, some makers however, do not always nurture their newlings. Most, though, will train their newly made kindred soul; their motivations can range from the desire of a companion or mate to a twisted vengeance. A newling vampire is always submissive to his maker, as he is to all elders. All vampire were created by an original, it is that common blood that creates a bond, though the bond is not as strong between sibling vampires as it is with the makers.
Ms. Nienke van Bruggen; The story is really original, but has some traditional elements. Where did you find the inspiration for this book?
Answer: My inspiration to write not only To be His Soulmate, but the entire series, is likely to surprise you. I have been a horror fan since I was a little girl. I have seen the corniest to the greatest and all in between. I adore most versions of the vampire, my favorites are the Anne Rice Vampires. Then came the Twighlight Saga, hmm…. On a positive note, the series did encourage the youth to read, and the story line is not so bad however, the vampire characters portrayed within the series are a watered down, pg-13 coloring book version of a fierce and malevolent creature; Vampires do not sparkle! And my correct driving passion was ignited! The Adrian Trilogy is my written response to the socialization of the vampire!