Brad-Pitt_lThere’s a reason my first vampire romance is called HUNGER.  For me, the allure of a vampire can be summed up with that one simple word and its myriad connotations.  Hunger is a quality all vampires from Barnabas to Lestat, from Louis to Angel, from Spike to Edward possess.

Aching.  Yearning.  Starving.  Craving.

Vampires in romance are the walking embodiment of cell-deep desire.  A romance featuring a vampire is going to deliver intensity that can’t be touched by any other kind of a hero.

This is so not Let’s-have-a-cup-of-coffee-and-become-Twitter-pals.


This is need.lens2382999_1232211587who_is_edward_cullen

This is fierce.

There’s nothing lukewarm about a vampire.  Though his heart might be cold, his passion is definitely not.

And I think it’s that lack of so-so sensabilities that makes vampires not only interesting, but constantly vital in fiction.

Beyond trend.

Beyond fad.

frankrdMy mother sighed over Frank Lengella’s Dracula just as countless of us sigh over Eric and Edward today.           n79931766159_1603




What woman wouldn’t be fascinated by being wanted with that level of intensity…even if it is a little frightening?



In HUNGER,  Dillon is the villain, but he also desires Holly, the heroine, with such devotion that by the end the reader is hoping and wondering if wicked Dillon will one day meet a woman who wants him in equal measure. (Stay tuned;>)      James-Marsters_l

angel_lIn a world where guys can too often forget to call,  refuse to call, yawn through a call or loose your number who’s to blame us for escaping into fictional worlds where vampire heroes(or villains) are no where near tepid?

The appeal of the vampire paranormal mirrors the appeal of the romance genre itself.

A man whose interest is zeroed in on a woman.  The woman. 


the kind that lasts forever… even after the  happily ever after.

6 Responses to “Vampires”
  1. Suzanne Rock says:

    Funny you should talk about this today, Barbara, as I was thinking about it on the way into work. I really like how everything is so intense with vampires. It’s all or nothing — there’s no half way. They have lived for centuries, which can make someone rather detached from the world. So when they find something they’re passionate about (like a woman), it consumes them.

    And I’ve been thinking about renting and watching “An Interview with a Vampire” again. The story is such a classic. ; )

  2. Or Queen of the Damned. I really prefer that Lestat over Cruise’s. And the scene where he presses her finger onto the wrought iron gate to prove to her that he’s dangerous. OMG. That is the sexiest–in a shivery way–scene I’ve ever seen!

  3. susan leech says:

    I just started reading books about vampires and find them alot of fun. I watched Dark Shadows for years and read the books but for some reason I had them separate from vampires. I am now into vampires again and grab the excitment they put in a book. susan L

  4. Chandra Ryan says:

    I actually haven’t been reading much vampire lately, but your post reminded me why I love them so much. I’m going to have to see if I can find a good one to curl up with 🙂 Can’t wait for Dillon’s story to be out!

  5. Deidre says:

    Vampires are amazing resilient creatures. They can do so many things and be portrayed in so many ways. As you said, they are always passionate, whether it is love or the thirst for blood.


  6. Barbara, some great observations here about the appeal of vampires (and there are so many reasons to love them!). You really don’t run into their kind of intensity in mortal guys. In fact dealing with it on a daily basis is one of the issues I address in my book “How to Catch and Keep a Vampire: A Step-by-Step Guide to Loving the Bad and the Beautiful.” Of course we want to date them, even recognizing the challenges of the task. You just can’t find that level of passion anywhere else!

    –Diana Laurence (

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