An interview with Kelley Armstrong, author of “Learning Curve” (BLOOD SISTERS)

Blood Sisters (Night Shade Books), a brand new anthology featuring vampire stories by women, just came out in May, and throughout June, I’ll be posting interviews with a few of the authors!

You can check out the entire table of contents HERE.

Today, Please welcome Kelley Armstrong to the blog!

Will you tell us a bit about your story in Blood Sisters and what inspired you to write it?

Mine is a reprint of “Learning Curve,” the second of my Zoe Takano short stories. The initial inspiration really wasn’t a terribly creative one—I was asked to contribute a vampire story to a Canadian anthology, and I have only a few vampire characters in my Otherworld series, one of whom lives in Toronto. I do love the chance to write more about Zoe, though, and have done several others shorts with her since.

What do you like to see in a good story, and what authors or novels have influenced you the most in your work, and your life?

I liked to be entertained first and foremost. Second, though, I like to be surprised—I want a story to make me think. Biggest influences on my work are the obvious ones: Stephen King and Anne Rice.

Is there anything that will make you put a book down, unfinished?

I hate to admit how easy it is to make me put a book down! When I was younger, buying my own books, I read every one to the last page—it felt like a financial obligation. These days, though, I stop reading at least 50% of books before page 50. If I’m not excited by the story and interested in the characters, I have two bookcase shelves of other options.

What do you enjoy most about reading, and writing, SFF and Horror?

In both reading and writing SFF and horror, I love the capacity for imagination. Reading it will spark my imagination and writing it lets me fan that spark to a flame.

What’s next for you?

I just had book two in my high fantasy YA trilogy come out. That was Empire of Night. Next is book three in my Cainsville series, Deceptions, which comes out in August.

About Blood Sisters:
Bram Stoker was hardly the first author—male or female—to fictionalize the folkloric vampire, but he defined the modern iconic vampire when Dracula appeared in 1897. Since then, many have reinterpreted the ever-versatile vampire over and over again—and female writers have played vital roles in proving that the vampire, as well as our perpetual fascination with it, is truly immortal. These authors have devised some of the most fascinating, popular, and entertaining of our many vampiric variations: suavely sensual . . . fascinating but fatal . . . sexy and smart . . . undead but prone to detection . . . tormented or terrifying . . . amusing or amoral . . . doomed or deadly . . . badass and beautiful . . . cutting-edge or classic . . .

Blood Sisters collects a wide range of fantastical stories from New York Times bestsellers Holly Black, Nancy Holder, Catherynne M. Valente, and Carrie Vaughn, and critically acclaimed writers Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Tanith Lee, all of whom have left their indelible and unique stamps on the vampire genre. Whether they are undeniably heroes and heroines or bloodthirsty monsters (or something in between), the undead are a lively lot. This anthology offers some of the best short fiction ever written by the “blood sisters” who know them best: stories you can really sink your teeth into.

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