I’m thrilled to have Emma Cornwall on the blog today! Emma is the author of the recently released Incarnation, and is the nom de plume of a New York Times bestselling author. She was kind enough to answer a few of my questions, and we’ve also got a copy of Incarnation up for grabs, so check out the details at the bottom of the post!
Emma, your new novel, Incarnation, just came out a few weeks ago! Will you tell us a bit about it?
Gladly! Incarnation is a re-imagining of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” told from the point of view of one of the characters, Lucy Weston, as she is known here. In my version, Lucy is a real person who has been transformed against her will into a vampire. She is stunned to discover that Stoker has authored a novel about what happened to her that is intended to mislead a gullible public. Lucy sets out to find the being who transformed her in the hope that she can regain her lost humanity. Along the way, she battles her own thirst for blood, awakens to a lost love, and struggles to prevent a war that will destroy humans and vampires alike.
What was one of your favorite things about writing Incarnation?
I loved being able to wander through a steampunk London but my favorite aspect was Lucy herself. She completely took over the story and inspired me in ways that I never expected at the beginning. Her struggles to cope with her circumstances made the book much richer and deeper than it would otherwise have been.
What kind of research did you do for Incarnation?
I’ve spent quite a bit of time in London and know the areas that I was writing about very well but I still went back through old photographs and newspaper reports–even to the extent of checking out the weather! I was particularly fascinated with the details of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, which plays a significant part in this story.
If Incarnation were made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters?
That’s a tough one but if I really got to pick, I think I’d like Piper Perabo as Lucy. I really enjoy her in “Covert Affairs” and she did a bang-up job in “Looper”.
What are some of your favorite vamp-centric books or movies?
“Dracula”, of course, because that’s where it all began and because the novel gives such insights into the darker corners of Victorian angst. Like so many other readers, I came back to the genre because of Anne Rice’s “Interview with a Vampire”, and I’m a big fan also of that movie. I really enjoyed the early seasons of “True Blood” but I admit that I’ve drifted away. I also loved both Gary Oldman’s and Frank Langella’s “Dracula”, very different from each other but compelling in their own ways.
If you could read one book again for the very first time, which one would it be?
My all-time favorite book is Michael Shaara’s “Killer Angels”, ostensibly about the battle of Gettysburg but really about the nature of war, the price of misguided notions of honor, and the luminous nature of true courage.
What are you reading now?
I’m reading and greatly enjoying “The Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about upcoming projects or events (or anything at all!)?
I’m currently working on an unrelated project but if there’s enough reader support, I’d very much like to continue Lucy’s story. I’d also like to mention that anyone who would like to know more about the vampire world at the heart of “Incarnation” might want to take a look at Lucy Weston’s own book, “The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer.
In the steampunk world of Victorian London, a beautiful vampire seeks out the author of Dracula–to set the record straight . . .
If one is to believe Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire tale, Lucy Weston is Dracula’s most wanton creation, a sexual creature of the night who preys on innocent boys. But the real-life Lucy is nothing like her fictional counterpart—and she demands to know why the Victorian author deliberately lied. With Stoker’s reluctant help, she’s determined to track down the very fiend who transformed her—from the sensual underworld where humans vie to become vampires, to a hidden cell beneath a temple to madness, and finally into the glittering Crystal Palace where death reigns supreme.
Haunted by fragmentary memories of her lost life and love, Lucy must battle her thirst for blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and humans alike. Ultimately, she must make a choice that illuminates for her—and for us—what it means to be human.
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