Bertena Varney, M.A. – Lure of the Vampire

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

Lure of the Vampire is my first book. It is a pop culture reference book that provides vampire fans, writers, and researchers with lists, essays, interviews, and websites that begin with the history and mythology of vampires and covers literature, movies, television, recreation, children’s vampires, education, and even real vampires.

There are essays from six contributing vampire authors from around the world. Each has chosen to write on their specific expert area. For example, Charles Butler, the author of The Romance if Dracula contributed an article on Dracula movies and Elizabeth Loraine, the author of the young adult series, The Royal Blood Chronicles discusses young adult literature.

Tell us something about yourself.

Well, I am from Kentucky and have been a single mother now for almost 19 years. I am a professional student- I LOVE college and learning. I have a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Science and Education and a Master’s in Sociology and Criminology. I have take and teach classes on metaphysical subject. I am going to be starting online and in person vampirology classes using my book as a text.

What inspired you to write this book?

It began as my final master’s paper title, Search for the Lure of the Vampire. It was a sociology research paper that looked into why vampires were so popular in pop culture, ie books, television, and movies. From there I kept compiling my research and making lists, etc. I wanted to give up several times but so many people thought the idea of the vampire as an academic subject was silly and I wanted to prove them wrong. I also wanted to prove to myself that I didn’t have to listen to that one college professor who told me I didn’t know how to write and that I never would.

How did you choose the title?

Well, since the master’s paper was the “Search” for the lure of the vampire and I found the reasons, or I should say some of the reasons, I decide to just drop the search and leave it- Lure of the Vampire.

Many people think it’s a romance book but that has helped sales- lol

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

Wow. That is a very touchy subject right now with myself and a few others. Could I skip this and maybe discuss it at a later date? No matter what I say it may be misconstrued so it’s better just to pass on this one. Sorry.

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

I never thought I would be a writer. I love Murder She Wrote and J. B. Fletcher. I could connect with her- I was a teacher, I loved New England and mysteries and thought it would be cool to tour the country and talk about my book- which is what I am doing this fall. I am going from Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Salem, Mass and I will hit New Orleans again soon.

I traveled to England, France, and New Orleans for some research and some vacation tooJ But, really to get back on the subject I love to read and research and to share what I learned.

I loved doing lectures and presentations in Vail, CO., Salem, Mass, and everywhere locally so the next step to continue making that larger and to try to get into a doctoral program was to write a book so I did.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Not really. I am not structured enough as far as setting time apart. However, I do make an outline of topics, then of subjects and then research each one. I then take index cards with the topics and mix and move them until the order fits the way I feel makes sense to me.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

That I like writing journalist short articles rather than a huge book, that is why there is not a steady stream of essays. To me I get bored real easy and felt that the lists and websites would break up the writing and it worked for me and I hope it does for the reader.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

Not listen to everybody else and write and do what I felt was right. Always be true to yourself and positive things will come to you.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

Of course vampire books (more mystery less erotica types), mysteries, and comic books. I like some manga like Death Note.

Authors well I like Melissa dela Cruz, Charlaine Harris, and Rene Lyons

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

I am actually working on my tours, lectures and an online course dealing with how to research and find the type of vampire that’s right for you. There are so many different vampires. Everyone wants to battle Dracula vs Edward or all the cute vampire actors but there are ways to learn more about your favorite vampire and research and apply what you like to your studies or writing.
It will be announced on my Facebook pages and my websites. I am an actual college professor and this will be delivered like an actual college class.

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

I don’t know I am still learning myself. I guess I could say is trust your gut and have faith in your decisions. Even if they are the wrong ones they are still your decisions.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

Dracula fans, history students, mythology fans, young adults, children, people who like to play vampire video games, authors who want to know more about the folklore, and those that want to know about the lifestyle of the vampire. There is a section in the book for each of these and more.

Lure of the Vampire is a great reference book for people to grab and look up topics, find links and hit the webs for more information or just read an essay that is exactly what they are looking for.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

My Facebook is – http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Bertena-Varney-Author/117922531618827
You can buy my book at Amazon.com.
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