Monday, October 24, 2011

Vampire Monday: Amanda Ashley

Why Vampires Are (and always will be) Popular

Vampires . . . just the name conjures the image of a tall, dark figure in a long black cape, someone mysterious and deadly, sensuous and compelling. Think of Frank Langella as Dracula – in my opinion, the epitome of a vampire. He’s sexy, polite, suave, and charming, at least on the outside.

Then there is my current favorite vampire, Damon Salvatore, as portrayed by Ian Somerhalder.

Damon doesn’t wear a black cape, though he usually wears black. Damon is first and foremost the kind of vampire that romance writers love to write about – a tortured hero – a man turned against his will, hard on the outside, a bit of a cream puff on the inside. He has the most beautiful, expressive eyes I’ve ever seen.

I’ve been fascinated with vampires ever since I read Interview with a Vampire. Whether portrayed as good guys or bad guys or something in between, there’s no getting away from the fact that vampires are one of the most intriguing paranormal creatures in literature today. Myths and legends abound: They can turn into mist. They can change shape. They are almost indestructible. They can hypnotize you, and read your mind. They are able to move faster than the human eye can follow. They can control animals and the weather. They have the strength of 20 men. They are almost always Alpha males who know what they want and how to get it. The list goes on and on.

These days, it’s hard to find the ugly scary vampires of years ago, no doubt due to the number of romance writers who have taken Nosferatu and changed him into a sympathetic hero. Think of Mick St. John from Moonlight, Edward Cullen from Twilight, Angel from Buffy. Strong on the outside, hungry for love on the inside, just waiting for the right woman to come along.

How can you not love them?

Amanda Ashley is one of those rare birds - a California native. She’s lived in Southern California her whole life and loves it (except for the earthquakes). She and her husband share a home with a fluffy Pomeranian named Lady, a tortoise named Buddy, and a wild sparrow named Tweety. Amanda and her alter ego, Madeline Baker, have written over 70 books, many of which have appeared on various bestseller lists, including the New York Times Bestseller List, the Waldenbooks Bestseller list, and the USA Today list. Not bad for someone who started writing just for the fun of it.

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Amanda will give away a copy of her book to a commenter. Stop back by to see if you won.


Blogger Nickie Asher said...

Great post. Yep. Vampires are my favorite and it all started with Rice's vampires. I love what they have become in today's fiction.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Lil said...

I had to smile at the comment of "a bit of a cream puff inside."

It is true that I need a bit of softness somewhere in the bad boys of the dark in order to sympathisize with the character and want the happy ending for him.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love amanda books amd her as madeline too. hers was 1 of the first books i remember her name and it would be paranormal book MANY
of her books

10:33 AM  
Blogger Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews said...

Thanks for the great post!

Love Amanda's books but haven't had a chance to read her Madeline ones.

I really like vampires that are bad boys who redeems himself by the love of a good woman.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Lina Gardiner said...

Enjoyed your post, Amanda. Love your covers and your books. Keep writing!

11:33 AM  
Blogger Na said...

It's become pretty evident to me that vampires have always been and still remain my favorite paranormal creatures to read about. I can't pinpoint why but I just gravitate towards them. Perhaps it has to do with their allure, they are very human and yet they are predators. Amanda, you are a new author to me but I'm looking forward to your vampire stories.


12:14 PM  
Blogger Mandy said...

Hi All ~ enjoyed reading your comments. Congrats, Lil, you've won a copy of my book. Email me your addy at and let me know which book you'd like.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Lil said...

Thanks so much, Mandy!

9:30 PM  

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