It’s the funniest thing. I’ve fallen in love with the novels of my Sentient/Feral Vampire Series.
And yet I started out with no real desire to write a vampire novel.
I enjoyed reading vampire novels. I cut my teeth (so to speak) on Anne Rice books and Richard Matheson’s fantastic I Am Legend. Lately I’ve been hoping to get to the third book of The Strain Series by Chuck and Guillermo Del Torro because the first two were so incredible.
But I never had a vampire tale to tell until I found myself trying to impress an agent. Noting that the agency represented a vampire series, I decided to try my hand at the genre. And unlike other books I’ve written in which I had a clear plot in mind before setting pen to paper, for my vampire novel I had only a two word idea rolling around my head: “Vampire Chef.”
Sometimes I laugh when I tell people that was the working title. But from that little seed germinated a pretty intricate story. The agent I’d tried to impress wound up mysteriously leaving the business before I could get the proposal package to him. But, by the time I finished the first novel, I realized there were more tales to tell. While hunting for representation for the first novel, I wrote three more novels in the series plus a spin off novel featuring two paranormal investigators that appear in the third vampire novel.
The novel started out as a means to an end. The more I saw it take shape though, the more its publication became the end result. Now I can’t stop telling the stories.
I wanted to give the main character, Narian a sort of every man feel. As a vampire he is special but mentally and emotionally he remains the unassuming man he was before succumbing to vampirism. Narain’s biggest challenge has been not to lose that sense of self despite the strengths and weaknesses of his condition. That’s what intrigued me about the concept of vampirism. What would a person do if they contracted a strange (sometimes deadly) condition that so altered his life?
Narain meeting his beloved Sophie offered a reprieve from some of his concerns. While Narain didn’t need to kill to feed he found so intimate a violation repulsive. And he feared passing on the power that came with vampirims to someone of a dangerous mind. Sophie agreeing to be his food source after they discovered she wasn’t susceptible to the condition helped free him from that concern. Indeed while she appears in the novel only in reminiscences, she’s very important to the plot. Her money and sacrifice allowed Narain as normal a life as possible. It even allowed him to achieve his goal of becoming a chef and owning a restaurant.
But he’s cognizant of the dangers of his condition. When the novel opens, Sophie’s death is a blow to him emotionally but that sense of normalcy is also at risk. He’s grown complacent over the years and now he must figure out how to return to hunting for his food for if he doesn’t he may end up losing control.
I hope people find as much enjoyment in reading Narain’s tale as I had in writing it.
To Touch the Sun, the new novel by Laura L. Enright, was released Feb. 25 through Dagda Publishing. The novel, set in Chicago, is the first in Enright’s Sentient/Feral Vampire Series set in Chicago and is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format.
Narain Khan was 25 when he left his native India to fight in the trenches of the Western Front during . It was his hope that he could stay on after the war to pursue his dream of studying the culinary arts and becoming a world class chef. Instead, he fell to shrapnel amidst the carnage of No Man’s Land which, when darkness fell, attracted a roaming pack of feral vampires–mindless feeders–who fell upon the soldiers left wounded and dying. Attacked by the ferals, Narain was transformed into the other type of vampire: A sentient capable of moving about in society with only a few restrictions and able to feed without killing the host.
Narain has reached a crossroads. Helping him adjust to his condition through the decades was his beloved Sophie who was not only his wife, but his food source once they realized she wasn’t susceptible to the condition. Her sacrifice enabled him to lead as normal a life as possible, making hunting for food unnecessary. Cancer had taken Sophie the previous year and after the stock of blood she had saved up has been depleted, Narain is faced with again having to hunt for his food, something he is both morally opposed to, but also causes him to fear passing on the condition to unwitting, perhaps dangerous hosts. If left too long, however, hunger can bring out the deadly feral nature even in a sentient vampire. As a well-respected chef and owner of a successful Chicago restaurant, Narain has worked hard to promote a veneer of normality. The last thing he and his business partner and friend Dom Amato needs is for Narain’s hunger to get the better of him.
Events conspire, however, to drag Narain away from the safe life he has cultivated back into one of madness and danger: The attraction he feels for microbiologist Cassie Lambert, who has a link to his past Narain is unaware of, and the re-emergence of a ghost from the Great War. Captain Reginald Jameson was a sadistic predator when Narain had challenged him during their service in the trenches of France. The vampire Jameson of 90 years later is infinitely more dangerous, his sadism backed by the bizarre abilities of their condition. The discovery that Cassie Lambert has made about the cause of vampirism is one that Jameson is willing to kill to obtain.
Jameson has brought back another ghost from their shared history in his search to find immunity to sunlight. The experiments of his researchers, however, have resulted in the creation of a third, more terrifying breed of vampire: Boris, a psychopathic monster who will stop at nothing to destroy all in his path.
In trying to protect Cassie from Jameson and Boris, Narain will have to rely on skills that he’s allowed to atrophy over the decades. In a climatic struggle, Narain will have to learn that to defeat the real monsters, he has to embrace what he is and awaken the beast within.
About The Author:
A resident of Chicago, Laura is the author of Chicago's Most Wanted™ The Top 10 Book of Murderous Mobsters, Midway Monsters, and Windy City Oddities, Vampires' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Bloodthirsty Biters, Stake-wielding Slayers, and Other Undead Oddities.
To Touch The Sun is her first full-length horror novel. For news and information, visit http://laura-enright.com/.
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