Courtesy of Goddess Fish Tours, I am so thrilled to have the lovely Kristin Miller back on the blog today, talking about her upcoming release Vamped Up (tomorrow, Dec. 6th!!) I asked Kristin if she’d would talk about the worldbuilding in her series, and she kindly obliged, so please welcome her to the blog, and be sure to comment for the chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. You can comment on each tour stop, and I’ll have that link at the end of the post so you can keep up with the tour!
Thank you, Kristin, for having me on My Bookish Ways today! I’m thrilled to be back talking about the Vampires of Crimson Bay Series and the newest installment, Vamped Up.
The world I created—where vampires are born, not turned, and shapeshifters are not as evil as they appear—was complex, but surprisingly easy to write. The initial concept struck me as I was writing my first published novel. As I pounded away on the keyboard, I heard, “Behold! I send you out as sheep amidst the wolves,” blare from the television in the living room. I immediately thought how intriguing it would be to create a shape-shifter who was assigned to do the impossible: shift into a vampire—an incompatible life form. Slade, the shape-shifting assassin in InterVamption, was born.
Once I had the concept down, the world seemed to mold itself. I knew if paranormal creatures walked among us (vampires and shape-shifters, alike), we would be frightened. We’re a paranoid, afraid-of-the-different kind of society, after all. Following that logic, there would be places vampires could go to learn to fit in with “normal” humans, right? Right. ReVamp, the rehabilitation center for vampires, was founded. They help with bloodlust therapy and hold Drinkers’ Anonymous meetings. They bring vampires together, proving they can control their bloodlust and find acceptable ways to drink…like through Alvambra, Crimson Bay’s blood bottling company, for example.
In Vamped Up, I wanted to delve into Ruan’s story. He’s a tortured hero who has to go through hell and back to finally be deserving of the love he craves. (With a name that sounds like “ruin”, how could I not hold him under the fire?) Readers are introduced to him in InterVamption, and although it seems like he’s found his one true love in Eve, a mundane with unique blood, things take a wicked turn the moment they flee from San Francisco’s haven.
It took me two months to plot Ruan and Eve’s journey in Vamped Up, but once I had their story arc and character arcs completed, the story seemed to write itself. When I write, I’m more of a pantser (fly by the seat of my pants through the pages) than a plotter, but for this novel, there were a lot of loose ends to tie up. And I had to get them just right.
As for the intricate details of their world, (Crimson Bay’s popular rock band, The Reds, Mirage nightclub, local artists and philosophers, etc), those pieces come to me after the book is written. After the bare bones are in place, I go back and layer depth, adding more richness to make the world come to life. And I have to admit, it’s so much fun!
Click here for each tour stop and be sure to comment to win the $25 Amazon Gift Card! Thanks again to Kristin Miller and Goddess Fish Tours!
About Kristin Miller:
Kristin Miller has had a passion for language and literature her whole life. Born and raised in Small Town USA, she often made up stories about faraway places and edge-of-your-seat adventures.
After graduating from Humboldt State University with a degree in psychology, Kristin realized there is no scarier place than the warped human psyche. Wanting to combine her love of writing with her desire to paint twisted villains, Kristin wound up in the unlikeliest of places—the classroom. She taught high school and middle school English before giving in to the desire to create her own world, where villains can be sympathetic and heroes can be devilishly good.