Anita E Viljoen – Feeders

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.


Sir Robert McKay’s coven of vampires has been known as benevolent and placid. Instead of hunting humans for blood, like many other vampires covens, they believed in having humans voluntarily donate their blood. These humans have a rear blood disorder that enables them to regenerate blood fast when first drained and then need draining often thereafter to survive. These humans are known to the vampires as Feeders

Tell us something about yourself.

Originally from South Africa, I now living in British Columbia, Canada I might been seen as an unlikely author, suffered from dyslexia my whole life I never thought being a writer. I always liked a challenge I finally did it. Apart from writing, I love to read, paint, embroider and dance.

What inspired you to write this book?

Inspiration for this book started for the love of Vampires and folklore.

How did you choose the title?

Feeders was born from a curiosity about Polycythemia vera, a real blood disorder caused affected humans to produce fare too much blood that needs tapping often.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

I found established publishing houses don’t like to take a risk on new authors / writers so it’s hard to get work published. So I contacted a Literary Agent who had contact to smaller “boutique” publisher who took me on in a joint venture. Once published marketing is the next obstacle to overcome, it takes time, patients and dedication.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I didn’t want to be a writer as such, but with the story that came to me I became excited about the concept, characters and the mystery, that transferred into a novel. Giving the manuscript to friends and family they finally encouraged me to have it published.

Do you have any writing rituals?

For me, writing sparks at night, when the house is quiet, the kids are in bed and dreams get more vivid. I would wake up in the early morning hours with ideas, sometimes fatigued; I would be determined to get them down on paper.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

I used names that appealed to me and subconsciously liked.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

Yes, two actually. The second book continues with the same family of vampires, but next generation of humans, called HYBRID. The third Story is completely different; it’s about a vampire falling in love with a human, his soul mate but she dies and he waits centuries over for her soul to return. Which she does, and the story goes on with many twists and turns.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Be true to yourself; don’t let anyone tell you can’t do it. Prove them wrong, set goals, dedicate and persevere. Good luck.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

It’s very sensual, so don’t recommend young readers.