Interview: Christine Cody, author of Bloodlands!

I’m so excited to have the awesome Christine Cody (aka Chris Marie Green) on the blog today to talk about her new Western vampire series, Bloodlands!

Please welcome Christine to the blog!

Can you tell us a bit about your brand new series, Bloodlands?

The question I started out with is: “What if the typical gunslinger who had lost his humanity was actually a guy who slings fangs, not bullets? And what if he had literally lost that humanity because he’s a vampire?” So what we have is a postapocalyptic Western about Gabriel, a vampire who has left the urban hubs to come out to the desolate, terrible New Badlands because he’s tracking down the woman he loves. When he’s attacked by some “bad guys,” a small group of reluctant underground settlers end up taking him in. I had a lot of fun using classic Western tropes, like the “drifter in search of his humanity,” the “feisty put-upon settlers,” and the “cruel, wealthier rancher next door,” but with a supernatural slant. Basically, the first book can be pitched as a paranormal Shane meets Mad Max. The following two books (which come out in the months after Bloodlands) really open up the world, because the urban hubs come into play, too.

How many books are planned for the series?

I wrote a trilogy (released July 26, August 30, and September 27). The first book is called Bloodlands, the second Blood Rules, the third In Blood We Trust.

What are a few of your biggest literary influences?

I’ve always been an eclectic reader—everything from horror to romance to non-fiction to fantasy. When I was in late grade school and middle school, I was a huge horror junky, reading everyone from Stephen King to John Saul to VC Andrews. I wouldn’t have ever expected to say this, but I realized pretty recently that VC Andrews was influential for me. I loved the whole Southern gothic horror, warped romance hybrid as well as the heightened, crazy, twisty drama. I love Maggie Osborne’s Western romances, and when I was growing up, I was addicted to Jennifer Wilde and Valerie Sherwood in particular. I’d say a pivotal book for me was To Kill a Mockingbird—it was the first book that moved me to tears and made me truly feel as if I were living in the body of a character (that would be Scout).

Any current faves?

I am currently addicted to the A Song of Ice and Fire series. I cannot stop reading the books, and I’ve been trying like crazy to avoid spoilers, which is not very easy when I’m constantly and masochistically going on message boards to check out what other people have to say. I’m just finishing A Clash of Kings, and I’m sort of afraid to start A Storm of Swords—I’ve been warned about a certain…”red” event. Yikes.

I know you love to travel! What’s your favorite destination and what’s your dream destination?

It’s so hard to pick a favorite destination because there’s something to love about everyplace I go. As far as feeling “at home” in certain places, I’d pick London and New Orleans. The minute I stepped foot into both spots, it felt as if I belonged there. It might be because of the haunted histories, LOL. Japan blew my mind. My dream destination is Egypt. I’d also love to, someday, be a part of an archeological dig—I saw a group of teachers taking part in one at Jamestown, and I haven’t been able to shake the idea ever since, LOL.

What’s one of the most daring things you’ve ever done?

Hmmm…I think I’m actually not very daring. Although you might say that I had to suck it up when I went to Japan, where a lot of the signs looked like beautiful squiggles to me. I was visiting friends who lived there, but I took a few side trips by myself. I even went to a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, where nobody really spoke English. It really took me out of my comfort zone, but it was awesome. You should’ve seen the food!

Name something that makes you laugh out loud.

Eddie Murphy’s old stand-up routines, like Raw or Delirious. I die.

If someone were to write a book about you, what would the title be?

Probably something like “Nerd on a Wire.” I say that because I know who I am—a total nerd—but throughout life, you realize that you’re different things to different people. Sometimes it feels as if I’m leaning in one direction with a certain person or group, but I’m always very aware that I’m still keeping my balance as that nerd.

Is there any other news you’d like to share?

I’m hoping that a new series idea will sell—I’m waiting to hear about it as we speak. I’d call it a hybrid of vampires, high fantasy, and Spartacus: Blood and Sand, LOL. So we can just go ahead and call it supernatural epic fantasy romance. I can’t *wait* to dive into that world!Also, if anyone wants more information about Bloodlands or my other books, you can check out my website at www.bloodlands.net. You can also follow me on Twitter, and Facebook. Thanks so much, everyone!


Read my review of Bloodlands

15 Comments:

  1. Hi 🙂
    Thank you for the wonderful interview with Chris & thanks to Chris for sharing here today.

    I am SO looking forward to reading all three books & I love that they are coming out one after another.

    All the best,
    RKCharron

  2. Chris Marie Green/Christine Cody/Crystal Green

    RK! Great to see you. Thank you for wanting to read Bloodlands–I love the back-to-back-to-back release schedule, too. I can't believe that I turned in the proposal for this series almost four years ago….

  3. Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

    I honestly did not know you were a nerd, Chris. Imagine that! Gad.
    I'm looking forward to all three of these books.

    Linda
    http://www.lindathomas-sundstrom.com

  4. I will be out on the 26th hunting down Bloodlands. Question…why write under a different name? I didnt relize that the Vampire Babylon series is yours too. I just picked up Night Rising.

  5. Great interview Chris!!! 🙂 And I'm proud to see you flying your nerd flag high!!! Right up there by my dork flag! LOL

    Can't wait for this trilogy!!! 🙂

    And Kristin, I'm not sure how I missed your blog before, but WOW!!! It's beautiful!!! love it!!!

    Lisa 🙂

  6. Chris Marie Green/Christine Cody/Crystal Green

    Hey again!

    Linda! Thanks, as always. : ) You totally know I'm a nerd! (Anyone who watched Caprica has to be, right?)

    Rain Maiden, big thanks to you! Good question about the pen names. Penguin wanted to market this series as a paranormal romance rather than an urban fantasy, hence, the pen name. I've been trying to get the word out that I'm also Chris Marie Green. The more people who know, the better!

    Hey, Lisa! I appreciate it, and I'm so looking forward to the release of Night Walker, too. Nerds and dorks unite.

  7. Love this, Chris!

    Plus aren't nerds and dorks the fun ones?

    Says another Caprica fan.

  8. I have recently heard about this series and have been touring around reading more – it sounds really good and I look forward to reading it. Thank you for sharing today.

  9. Chris Marie Green/Christine Cody/Crystal Green

    Linda W! Nerds and dorks definitely have the most fun at the bar during conventions, LOL. ; )

    Denise, thank you so much!

    Kristin, thank you for the review. : )

  10. BURIED IN BOOKS

    Great Interview! Good unique questions. I think I'm going to have to check this series out. I love that the books are coming out one after the other!

    Heather

  11. Great Interview. I remember really loving all teh VC Andrews books when I was in junior high. They were all the rage with all the girls.

    The new series sounds great. The back to back schedule is really nice too. Sometimes it is just so hard to wait for books in a series when they are released so far from each other.

  12. I have been following this tour and the more I read about these books the more I want to read this series. Thank you so much for sharing of yourself today with this interview.

  13. Gabriella Hewitt

    Very cool questions and great answers. I love the covers of the books. They're riveting. It sounds like a fantastic series. I loved Mad Max for some strange reason. There are some really great post-apocolyptic stories out there. Plus, my dad's a big western fan. I grew up on all those old gunslingers. 😉

  14. Chris Marie Green/Christine Cody/Crystal Green

    Buried in Books, thank you so much!

    Linda M! Yes–we all used to share Flowers in the Attic, too. It was so naughty. Thanks!

    Nice, Denise–thank you! I'll be touring all this month, and I'll tweet every location. : )

    Gabriella, yeah, I feel lucky to have gotten these covers–they nailed the characters. (Ok, Gabriel's hair might be a little too long, but that's not worth complaining about, LOL. At all.)

  15. well written, you made my day! thanks mate. bookmarked and will be back for sure.

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