Monday, November 28, 2011

Vampire Monday: Louisa Bacio

Everlasting Love

The fascination with vampires varies greatly. Of course, there’s always that benefit of immortality. A vampire never grows old(er), loses one’s youthfulness and doesn’t have to worry about catching this season’s awful flu.

Mythology surrounding vampires differs, though. A few believe that if a vampire drinks blood from a human who’s diseased, that vampire also will fall ill – maybe just not as seriously. I’d like to believe that the strength of the vampire will fight through the germs with super-antibodies.

When it comes down to it, most people fear death. I’m not talking those who are highly religious and “wait” to join God in the afterworld. (I’ve met people like that, and they are free to possess their own beliefs.) I’m talking about the average, every day person: We don’t want the (imagined) pain. We don’t want to give up the life that we know. We don’t want to lose those that we love.

Wait. What was that last point about losing those that we love? Oh, yes. That’s the thing about immortality. Would you want to spend FOREVER alone?

Death, especially to those who are young, sucks. I recently met a man in his mid-40s, and extremely good looking. He was caring for his two youngest children, a boy, 3, and a girl, 4. In a moment of quiet, another member of our group whispered to me that a year ago, his wife died, and he’s the father of six. What? How is that possible?

You don’t meet the person of your dreams, fall in love, get married, start a family . . . and then lose the other person. Life doesn’t work that way . . . but, unfortunately, sometimes it does.

So the other mainstay that goes along with immortality is the concept of that forever partner. A vampire doesn’t want to continuously lose those they love lifetime after lifetime. That’s why one of the most common themes within vampire fiction is finding that companion, whether it’s Dracula and misguided and misplaced love, or the Twilight series and its “forever love.”

We want that forever happily ever after. We want everlasting love.


Louisa Bacio writes erotic romance, many of which delve into the paranormal realm. Her fourth full-length novel The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf 2: Chains of Silver recently was released via Ravenous Romance. She also collects anthologies of vampire fiction. In addition to writing, Bacio enjoys spending time with her family, and teaches college English, writing and popular culture.

The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: Chains of Silver

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


Blogger Louisa Bacio said...

Thanks for hosting me today. Who would you want to be with ... forever?

11:06 AM  
Blogger Rob Preece/ said...

I have a few more thoughts. First, it's rare to find a poor vampire. Vampires tend to be rich--and rich men make good romantic leads. Second, the alpha hero is popular but it's hard to make a convincing modern alpha hero--they come off as jerks. Since vampire heroes are hundreds of years old, they can have those old-fashioned alpha attitudes and be forgiven for them (sort of like Sheiks, and Italian 'noblemen' (note: Italy is a Republic. It doesn't really have counts any more--except in Romance). What I don't get is that if being a vampire is so cool (they're all rich, beautiful, immortal, etc.) why is bringing the woman over to the vampire side such a conflict. I mean, let woman I love die or make her immortal, even more beautiful, physcially strong, supernaturally capable--tough choice.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Lil said...

You make a good point and it is actually why I have often felt that the vampire character is traditionally a tragic one. To see loved ones die while he/she does not. And then there is the other option of turning a loved one and whether that would be considered a blessing to the recipient or a curse.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Louisa Bacio said...

Rob -- Good point. That plot point on the conflict of turning a mate seems to be an odd one.

Lil -- Yes, definitely tragic. But it depends upon the mythology being used. Is the vampire "cursed?" Do they have to be evil?

Thanks for stopping by!

1:40 PM  
Blogger Nancy Lee Badger said...

LOVE the title. I always wondered how someone could write a lovestory with a vampire in it, but there are several out today. Nothing is impossible when an author sets his/her mind to writing! Good luck!

2:12 PM  
Blogger Na said...

With immportality the idea of eternal love or second chances after death becomes very real. I don't have the one I want to be with forever...yet but I would love to have my family around for a long long time :)


3:06 PM  
Blogger Louisa Bacio said...

Nancy -- Thanks for dropping in. Good to see you here! Definitely, I think there's love with a vampire, but ... he can't be a creature of evil!

Na -- Nicely said about family members. And good point about seconds choices!

9:26 PM  
Blogger Louisa Bacio said...

Thanks again to everyone. The official winner was Na, who I'll be contacting via email.

All the best,


1:53 PM  

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