Lilly Gayle's vampire tale Out of the Darkness, was the 'top pick' at Night Owl Reviews and received 'five hearts' at The Romance Studios.
Lilly is here today to give us an exclusive behind the scenes of this action-packed and thought provoking vampire tale. Let's give her a warm welcome. Comments and questions are always a welcomed.
Karen: Why don’t you start with telling the readers a little about yourself.
When not reading or writing, I work at a local hospital as a radiologic technologist and mammographer.
Karen: What inspired you to pen a vampire tale?
Lilly: Dean Koontz’s character, Christopher Snow from the Moonlight Bay Trilogy.
Karen: I loved the stories with Christopher Snow by Dean Koontz. Fear Nothing and Seize the Night. Unfortunately, we Ride the Storm was never completed. I wish he would. :)
Karen: Are your vampires of legends?
Lilly: Yes. Vampire legends fascinate me.
Karen: Can they be killed with a stake?
Karen: How about sunlight?
Lilly: A vampire blisters and burns in sunlight. If he doesn’t escape, he erupts into flames and dies.
Karen: Give us the back story to your plot.
Lilly: Dr. Megan Harper is a research scientist searching for a cure to xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) the genetic light sensitivity disorder that killed her sister. But when she is asked to research vampires, she quits her job and moves home to Clarksville. Vincent Maxwell is a vampire with a conscience seeking a cure to his dark hunger. But when his friend and fellow vampire is captured and killed by Megan’s former boss, Vincent goes to Clarksville to see what Megan knows.
Karen: Does society accept and know about vampires or are they still in the ‘coffin’ so to speak? Lol
Lilly: Most mortals are oblivious. But a rogue military officer looking to create unstoppable soldiers for the military hires Megan’s boss to research vampires. And Dr. Weldon kidnaps Vincent’s friend for his sinister experiments.
Karen: Tell us about Vincent Maxwell, the hero of the story. What is he like?
Lilly: Dark and brooding. The typical alpha male vampire. But he’s also loyal and loving—a tortured hero.
Karen: What are his weaknesses and strengths?
Lilly: Faster than a speeding train, stronger than 20 men, but with all the physical limitations of a traditional vampire.
Karen: What is his first impression when he meets Dr. Megan Harper?
Lilly: He’s suspicious of the beautiful doctor. He uses his credentials as owner of a blood and tissue bank to gain her trust. He pretends he has XP to gain her sympathy.
Karen: Tell us about Megan, your heroine of the story. What are her weaknesses and strengths?
Lilly: Megan is smart and has a heart of gold, but she feels guilty because in her words, she’s just one chromosome away from having the same genetic condition as her sister. Megan suffers from survivor’s guilt. And she’s desperate to find a cure forXP.
Karen: What is her first impression of Vincent?
Lilly: Tall dark and yummy. She also pities him because she thinks he has XP. But she can’t understand how he’s managed his disease so well. His skin shows no signs of sun damage and he has no scars.
Karen: What are your current projects and works in progress?
Lilly: I’m working on the sequel to Out of the Darkness—tentatively entitled Into the Light. But that sounds like such a cliché, I’m not sure if I’ll keep that title or not.
Karen: Tell the readers where they can find you:
Karen: Where can the readers purchase your vampire tale?
Karen: Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?
Lilly: Support your favorite authors. If you like a book, write a brief review on Amazon. If you don’t like it, please don’t bash it or the author who wrote it.
Karen: Lilly, thank you so much for sharing with us today. I enjoyed learning more about your vampire tale.
Enjoy an Excerpt:
Vincent didn’t spare her a second glance as he opened the basement door and stepped down.
The sound of his boot heel striking wood echoed up the steps as he disappeared into the darkness.
“But—” Megan switched on the light and hurried after him.
“The first thing you need down here is a table and some chairs,” he said when he saw the stacks of unorganized data and reams of paper scattered across the floor. “Do you mind if I bring the ones down from the kitchen?”
“No.” She turned back toward the stairs. “I’ll help you bring them down.” It would give her something to do while she sorted through the confused thoughts and emotions tumbling around inside her head.
Vincent touched her arm and heat shot straight to her belly, turning her insides all warm and fuzzy.
Warm and fuzzy was not good.
Warm and fuzzy made her think of more than just heated sex. It made her think of cozy evenings snuggled up under a blanket and shared feelings. It made her long for an emotional connection she couldn’t risk. Not with Vincent.
Not with a man who could potentially die a slow, lingering death.
“I’ll get it.” He let go of her arm and stepped back. “You start going through those papers and find that report you wrote comparing XP to vampire myths and legends. I’d be interested in seeing if you still have it.”
He turned to go back up the stairs and Megan shivered. Why had Steve mentioned the vampire report to Vincent? And why was Vincent so interested in seeing it?
Vincent the Vampire.