What it means to be a Puritan Vampire... an interview with Louise Cypress.
Thank you for the interview Louise, can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?
Thank you for interviewing me! I grew up in San Diego which is why all of my books take place in Southern California. In BITE ME, Morgan lives in La Jolla and goes to La Jolla Cove High. I never lived in La Jolla, which is an incredibly wealthy beach community, but I did attend public school there.
Unlike the vampires in BITE ME, I didn’t live on the beach or drive a Corvette. I was the girl who was always trying to cover up the fact that I didn’t have as much money as my classmates. But I did appreciate the high-quality education I got in La Jolla. It’s a sad truth that public schools in rich areas really are often better. I studied Latin in middle school and did fun things in high school like take archery lessons as part of PE. The public schools in my neighborhood just couldn’t compete. That’s why my parents drove me out to La Jolla every day, even though it was a long commute.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading FANGS & FINS by Amy McNulty which is a YA vampire/mermaid book. Amy was my editor for BITE ME, and all of the books in The Puritan Coven, and I’m a huge fan of her work.
What inspired to write about vampires in your Puritan Coven series?
I loved TWILIGHT and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Clean and wholesome vampire romance? Yes please! As a reader, sometimes I just want to read a book for fun. It’s the same thing as an author. In my day job, I write a lot of technical things that can be boring, so at night when I sat down to write fiction, I wanted to entertain myself. Like many readers, I can’t get enough vampire romance in my life, and BITE ME has humor mixed in, so hopefully it will make people laugh too.
Can you tell us a bit about what makes your vampires different from “other” vampires?
My vampires follow a Paleo diet—at least the good ones do. There are of course, blood-thirsty vampires who cause all sorts of mischief, but the good vampires call themselves Puritans and subsist on meat, vegetables, nuts, and fruit. When I first started writing BITE ME I was obsessed with the blog Nom, Nom Paleo and that influenced my world building in a big way.
What does it mean to be a Puritan Vampire?
Puritan vampires forsake human blood and commit themselves to pure living. In return, they regain the ability to give birth, age normally, and eventually die. Or actually, die a second time since all vampires are dead. Once Puritans are completely off of blood, they can see their reflection in mirrors again. The drawback is that their vampire abilities weaken.
What other books can we expect from you, Louise?
May and June are exciting months for me because the first three books in The Puritan Coven are launching in quick release. BITE ME came out on May 14th, HUNTE ME released on May 21st, and SLAY ME comes out on June 18th. My goal is for readers to be able to binge-read. All three books are stand-alone companion novels, meaning there aren’t any nasty cliff hangers. But hopefully, readers fall in love with my Puritan vampires and want to stay in the world as long as possible.
About the Book
Bite Me by Louise Cypresson Indie
A nerdy high school senior transforms into a vampire vixen who's unaware that her hunky date for prom is the slayer sent to destroy her.
Morgan Taylor-Jackson can't wait for high school to end. In six months she leaves for UCLA and says goodbye to La Jolla, California and her parents' messy divorce. But when Morgan is bitten by a four-year-old boy, she becomes infected with a mysterious condition. Fever, insomnia, and a new bustline are only the beginning; Morgan morphs from nerd to bombshell.
As far as Van Xander is concerned, all vampires are evil, even the ones who reject human sacrifice and call themselves Puritans. When Helsing Incorporated sends Van to La Jolla to investigate the local coven, Morgan is his prime target. Pretending to be interested in her, Van asks Morgan out and puts her through a series of tests to determine her killer nature.
Morgan is thrilled to be dating a hot guy like Van and falls for him hard. As Van strings Morgan along, he grows increasingly guilty. Morgan is kind, compassionate, and a gooey romantic. Just as Van's mind begins to change, evil forces threaten everything. When prom night arrives, there are only two ways out of the ballroom: death or immortality.
Louise Cypress believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. She has never met a vampire, but she has been to a Love Sucks concert on Valentine’s Day. Louise can often be found curled up with a romance novel on Saturday night, diet soda in hand, secretly wishing bustles were back in fashion. Louise lives in San Diego, California, where the beach is crowded and summer is immortal.
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