Monday, September 22, 2008

Guest Blogger: Lynsay Sands

The winner of Lynsay's giveaway is: Liz! Congratulations, Liz. Send me your contact information and I'll pass it along to Lynsay. Thanks so much to everyone for participating. Next guest blogger: Phaedra Weldon



Paranormal vs. Science-Based Vampires

So, when I agreed to do a guest blog here at paranormality universe I was mid-book (as usual), not paying much attention, and just said “Yes, fine, I’ll do it.” And then the day started drawing nearer and I came to see what others had done here and immediately began to panic. You see, my vamps aren’t cursed or the walking dead, and I have no zombies, were-animals, witches, demons, etc. In fact, much to my horror, my books aren’t paranormal at all! I’m an impostor! What was I thinking when I said yes? Obviously, I wasn’t thinking at all.

As per my usual modus operandi, I immediately went squawking to my husband about it. And in typical male fashion he peered at me like I’d sprung a leak (in the head) and said, “Yes, your books are paranormal.”

“Nope, sci fi, maybe,” said I, ”But I don’t have curses, walking dead, etc.” He just shrugged and said, “Its fine. They’re vamps. Stop panicking.”

So, what did I do? I looked up paranormal in the Merriam Webster dictionary online (of course, it wasn’t with the express intention of going back downstairs and quoting the dictionary definition to him in a “ha, ha I’m right,” sort of way. . . I would never do that—snort). Anyway, the definition I found was “Not scientifically explainable: supernatural” Sigh. While I would rather it had turned out that he was right, he wasn’t, and I was. You see, while my vamps are ancient, usually fanged, need blood, and can read and control minds as the typical vamps are said to do, they can’t fly or turn into rats or bats . . . and they are scientifically explainable. So, I hope you’ll forgive me for masquerading as a paranormal author and blogging here today.

That quandary, whether I was paranormal or not, however, is what decided me on my topic: Paranormal versus science-based vampires.

I should say I didn’t set out to write scientifically based vamps. A conversation with a couple of writing friends about doing an anthology together merely brought about some cute ideas for my own short story; a vamp that fainted at the sight of blood (the heroine in A Quick Bite) and for a vamp on a shopping trip in a grocery store (a scene in Single White Vampire). We never did the anthology, but those ideas stuck in my mind and I started considering doing some vampire novels. Well, I immediately ran into trouble. It was the whole dead, cursed, soulless thing. I write romantic comedy as a rule and dead guys with sharp, sharp fangs just aren’t that sexy to me. (I don’t know why I don’t mind if they’re alive with sharp, sharp teeth, and I guess this aversion to dead fanged-ones blows any possibility of future excursions into necrophilia for me, but hey, I can deal with it.)

So, I had a problem. I started looking for possible causes of vampirism that weren’t curses or dead guys. Science was the obvious answer, but our technology is only now starting to explore nanos. That meant the vamps would either be the result of new technology, human but young (no older than eighty or so since it would have to be people alive today) or aliens with advanced technology. Hmm. Neither appealed to me and I had to think for a while before I came up with the end result. My main problem was I wanted them to be old. Odd, huh? Maybe not.

An earlier blogger mentioned the attraction of vamps, and the one thing they didn’t mention was that they’re often old, and therefore have seen a lot, experienced a lot, are probably smarter than the average bear (nothing turns me on like a smart man) and have known a LOT of women over their hundreds of years . . . which makes their choosing the heroine super special. I wanted that for my vamps, but how to manage it? Atlantis was my answer. That mythical land rumored to have been technologically advanced, and to have existed but disappeared a long, LONG time ago. (myth? That’s slightly paranormal, right? Okay, ignore me, I’m just indulging in wishful thinking here) Anyway, the result was a highly advanced society, Atlantis, that developed what would have been considered a miracle cure in the form of nanos that used blood to power themselves as well as to travel through the body making repairs. It gave me old vamps that hungered for blood (to support the nanos and repairs) but weren’t dead or cursed. WOOWEE! The stories just started to flow then, and yes, stories in the plural.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading the dead guy versions, I just can’t seem to write stories unless I believe it’s possible, and for me, dead guys walking the earth lusting after mortal blood . . . well, it gives me chills and makes me glance over my shoulder, but I don’t really believe it when I sit down and reason it out. So for me, the slightly fantastic, but maybe possible some day in the future, version of vamps are far more fun. But I know they’re not to everyone’s taste. I have received letters from disappointed readers looking for dark, dead vamps. Well, one or two anyway. I also receive letters from those who prefer the scientific vamps.

What about you? The dark, dead vamps? Or science based vamps that may be possible? Write a comment and state your preference and your names will all be put in a draw for a copy of The Rogue Hunter. The winner will be announced here on the evening of the 23rd. I'll send a copy to the winner as soon as I get them. (It’s not out till September 30th and I haven’t got my copies yet but I’m sure I will soon.) Good luck!

Lynsay website: www.lynsaysands.net
The Rogue Hunter - September 30 2008
Single White Vampire - November 25 2008
Devil of the Highlands - January 27 2009
The Immortal Hunter - March 31 2009

41 Comments:

Blogger Lynda Hilburn said...

Thanks so much for blogging here today, Lynsay! I love your vampires, however we identify them!
Lynda

8:55 AM  
Blogger wren said...

Hi Lynsay, I love your immortals because they are scientifically believable! Also, they are old, fun, and yummy!!

Renee Wright (wren)

9:16 AM  
Blogger sin said...

Hi Lynsay..I love your sci-based vamps. Love your since of humor. I can easily identify with it. Makes you want to go to Atlantis. Or at least find out where it was located.. Can not wait for The Rouge Hunter to come out. Immortals or Bust.

Cindy Colohan (Sin)

9:22 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Hi Lynsay, I too love your immortals and that you have made them believable. You have created a whole new world and I can't wait to visit it again when the Rouge Hunter comes out.

Jodi Rolles

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE your vamps. the others scare me to death. Your vamps make me take a second look around me at the younger looking but very smart people and think 'Hmmmm.... I wonder if....?

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Mr Spice said...

Excellent post and one which explains so much. ;-)

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Amber woodford said...

OMG! Lynsay I love love love your vamps!! The whole walking dead, souless thing doesn't do it for me either. I picked up Accidental Vampire out of the blue one day and became hooked!! Now I've read them all and are counting the days until Rouge Hunter comes out! I love that your vampires are old, sexy and completely believeable! And the whole that could happen is a great fantasy to have..hehe. Thanks for your books!!!!! My husband says I need to stop reading them so fast. Hehe

9:55 AM  
Blogger Ruby (Mouth) said...

I like both. I know that is a cop out, but I love the books with scary undead vampires, since I started with Dracula when I eas young. I also though, love your books, Lynsay, with your Alantis based theory that just rocks. Vampires, be they undead and totally not happening, or the ones that could be real out there somewhere, they are all yummy!!

That's my honest opinion! Thanks for the opportunity to win a book and for taking the time to share your life with us.

angelleslament @ gmail.com

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Judi said...

Hi Lynsay!

I've been a fan for many years. I love, love, love your books and the amazing history that you've created for your vamps!

I do enjoy reading about all kinds of vampires and other supernatural beings, but love to see a sense of humor used in the writing of those stories like you have.

Congrats on your up=coming release! My sister and I will definitely be running out to get a copy to read.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Love2Read said...

Hello Lynsay,

I have to say frist of all, i love your books, both the historical and the vamps. I also have to say that I tend to lean toward the scientific vamps more than the cursed ones. I think that you have created a great history for the vamps in your stories, and that makes them really beliveable. I like reading about what happened to a character in the past before the events that occur in book happen because it makes thier story more worthwhile and i can really get an understanding with the characters and their worlds.
Thanks for the stories! :) I cannot wait for The Rouge Hunter!

-Mary (aka Love2Read)

10:56 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

I love your books so I guess right now science wins! :)

11:13 AM  
Blogger kevin said...

definitely the sci-based lynsay hell all my brothers sisters, cousins, etc are all awesome we both know that, because its not fiction, my true name is kaizer vaxon argeneau, the name i got from the humans though is kevin neeson, i prefer the sci because im one of them, the others are overrated, i mean why should they have to turn into an animal form to be able to suck blood? i dont see any reason for that, by the way the whole nanos thing worked out pretty well, keep me posted at plasmablader@yahoo.com, and pitchblack.neeson@gmail.com and ill let you know how lucian and lucern are doing and maybe that'll even help with another book, until then lynsay, keep kicking ass!!

11:15 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Do I have to choose? Did that sound whiny to you too? lol. For me it really doesn't matter if they are dark, dead, and soulless or alive and kicking so to speak. I have even met (through reading people!lol) some vamps that were dead but not soulless. For me what sets your books apart from so many others is the humor. You can find a million and one different paranormal OR Sci-fi books about vamps, but how many of them have humor instead of gothic feelings in them? Not many and that is what sets your books apart. Great job with those books and keep up the good work so book addicts like me can continue to buy them!

11:23 AM  
Blogger MsValerie said...

Thanks Lynsay and Lynda!

My preference is definitely for the science-based vamps...though the dead dark ones are interesting too.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Jen Mahan (auntiejen21) said...

I MUCH prefer the scientifically explainable vampires! Being that my hubby is a techie guru, I can relate to explination, too. I am terrified of the dark, dead, demon types. :)

12:07 PM  
Anonymous karma said...

Hi Lynsay
I wanted to tell you, I love the origin (Atlantis) of the vamps. The way it makes you wonder.

Love your books
EXCELLENT writer in my eyes
:)

12:54 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

I thought it was kind of funny that I was reading through the Argeneau series again (like the 4th or 5th trip around!) and reading 'Single White Vampire' where Kate gets Lucern to the grocery when I saw Lynda message on my MySpace page about you being guest blogger.

In all honesty, I can't choose between the two types of vamps. I think of those Black Dagger Brotherhood men and swoon, Carpathians make me sigh and well Dark-Hunters...ooh lala Acheron. But wait...can the Dark-Hunters be qualified as vamps? Maybe not. Fangs don't necessarily mean bloodsuckers. Oh well. LOL

I will say this though. I love your scientific oddities. The beauty of the Argeneau's is that you can sit back and think of their situation and say, "What if..." Who are we to say that this isn't actually possible in the future? Food for thought for sure.

Okay, time to get back to Lucern and Kate. Where else can I laugh out loud about a codpiece? =)

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Denise said...

I love your Sci-Fi funny vamps. As long as the vamp is a good guy I don't mind if he/she is dead, undead, or alive. Just keep me away from those evil "revel in the kill" vamps. I'd want to stake them, too. I'm not into horror stories and will usually skip blood-sharing scenes that get to involved. But I love your stories.

2:27 PM  
Blogger J.K. Coi said...

Yes, I love when a paranormal character can be backed up with science to make it sound more plausible, it adds a nice edge to the story. Your Atlantis vamps are the bomb!

3:11 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

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3:32 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

First, you are soo adorable. I just love your writing style and I guess thats why I love your books.

I love both the scifi vamps and the paranormal vamps. I'm can't really choose just one type. All I want in my vamp is to love and want me for me and not control me for his play thing.

That's my two cents. Don't let blogs scare ya. You did a wonderful job.

3:36 PM  
Blogger lrwirum said...

For me I love reading all the different types of vamp stories. Sometimes I like the dead, dark ones and other times the lighter funny was are what I crave. So as for preference it depends on my mood at the time. :-)

If it has vampires I will at least try the stories and see if they can grab my attention. :-) Love vampires.

Larena

4:32 PM  
Blogger Carmen R said...

I enjoy both the sci fi type vampire and the Darker vampire. Your books were the first i have ever read of a scifi type of vampire but right away I liked the idea.

4:51 PM  
Blogger sarabelle said...

Hi Lynsay, thanks so much for entertaining us. I have just got into the paranormal books and love them I am looking forward to reading yours

4:56 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Personally, I like both and believe there is enough room in the vampire genre for both. I like the dark, sexy brooding types and I like the lighter, more humorous types. I don't care if their vampirism is caused by nature or science. That's what makes fiction fun...it's fiction.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Really enjoy your series. When I decided to write a vampire, I also didn't want to do the soulless kind. I chose to a create a chemical composition viewed as a mystical potion and activated by blood when it first appears. In a wip sequel, the true nature of the postion will be dsicovered and the race will be on to discover a cure.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lynsay,

I love readng your books.

Hmm it's hard for me to pick which one I prefer to read sci-fi vamps or undead vamps!

Thanks,

Terri W.

9:37 PM  
OpenID mirandawitch said...

I tend to agree with you, there is nothing about a soulless, undead guy that turns me on. Mtter of fact, I've had a big (scientific) problem understanding how some writers ascribe sexual activity to a male with no blood circulation (no heartbeat). Which is why I love your books, as well as J. R. Ward's BDB and Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed, for finding an alternate explanation for beings who are powerful, long-lived (or immortal), and immensely sexy.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Lynsay,

I love your science-based vamps, and your humor. I've read all of the books.

I read traditional vampire books as well, but they don't grab me that way that yours do.

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Pebbles/Michelle said...

Hi there Lynsay,
Let me say that was impressive as always in your description. Thanks for breaking the techy stuff down!

I can imagine you in your office knee deep in chapter twelve and your head pops up looking at the calendar remembering you had a blog assignment. *grins* I SO can understand how you must have felt.

Okay I didn't see anyone give a stab at your challenge so I will give it a go. I am thinking your brain is trying to write a thriller for you. Sometimes I wish there was a way to type up all the "thoughts" from your dreams b/c some of it is good stuff... by the time you wake up your forget most of it. *sighs*

Hope the new house is good and everyone survived the MOVE!

11:17 PM  
Anonymous Frana Lokas said...

Hi Lynsay! I love vampire novels but when I read yours I was really thrilled and amazed with your explanation of vampirism. Can't wait for The Rouge Hunter to come out... Best luck with finding a new house.

Frana Lokas

3:00 AM  
Blogger Pam P said...

Hi, Lynsay, your sci-based vamps are fun and I like that they are believable. But, I also love reading about the dead vamps, too, and can't say I have a preference of one over the other.

3:27 AM  
Blogger tetewa said...

My favorite genre to read is Paranormal(I'm all about the vamps). I love discovering new authors and series that have anything to do with vampires, I have no preference!

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lynsay,

Being a longtime science fiction reader, I like the plausibility of the nanos, and the randomness of who received them originally and how they survived till now, as an explanation. I really like that you tied it into Atlantis as well.

And part of that is because of your gift for romantic comedy, which makes even stories about vampires - which normally creep me out! - fun to read. (I also read your historicals and love love Love 'Em for that humor!)

LynneW

1:16 PM  
Blogger tracydawn said...

I must confess that I love them all! I love all the new and creative ways that writers come up with for their vampires and the world that the vamps live in. I like the cursed (i.e. Katie MacAlister), the dead (i.e. Sherrilyn Kenyon), Scientific (I.e. You), and a different species (i.e. Christine Feehan). One of the things I love about these authors is also the humor they inject into their tales.

Tracy Micheau

3:06 PM  
Blogger Destiny Blaine said...

Great blog post ladies. I like all vampires and don't really have a true preference as long as the story grabs my attention from the start. One thing is certain, I can't wait to read more Lynsay Sands!

Hugs,
Destiny Blaine

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Marisa said...

Hi Lynsay, I just did go to tyour blog and see the link to here, as Mr. Spice says it's very good and explain a lot, I love lll your books and the Argenau are very special and wonderful
Hugs
Marisa (Misha)

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

o your books totally rock!!!!!!!!!!! i have everything you have every wrote. love the way your vampire from atlantis and yuour books are soooooooo funny, i actaully not eat or drink anymore reading for fear of choking on laughter. well i like both types of vampirds, depending on my mood and how good the book is, i know that not really a ONE type, but i really like both kinds

tasha t
gypsywitch36@yahoo.com

7:20 PM  
Blogger ~Linda~ said...

Ohhhh Lynsay I hope I am not to late... The blog wasnt up and running when I checked.
I have to say that I love your scientifically based vamps best.

I love to read both.

Thanks for the blog!!
~Linda~

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Jacquie said...

Hey Lynsay,
Well as you know your Vamp books are the only ones I can read(Die hard Historical Fan)...so I guess you're doing something right. It's your humour that sells your book...well of course the romance too :)
Jacquie

11:44 PM  
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