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The Road to Bloodlines
12/15/2011 4:56:54 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

It's finally out. My vampire masterpiece Bloodlines. I came up with the idea of this book one night when I was wasted in college watching Bram Stoker's Dracula and the idea came to me, "What if Vlad the Impaler was good?" Watching the movie you can see he was just a man in love, he didn't ask for this curse and you can almost feel bad for him. I envisioned him in the modern day, the love story of him and his dead wife, and him being some kind of super-hero. I had to give him an adversary worth his time, so at first I came up with another vampire--Nosferatu. He was going to have the bald head, and look more like the grotesque type of vampire. When I came up with this idea I was still thinking about making movies so of course there was a happy ending at the time. My writing has changed much since.

The first draft was written after college, written as a novel, when i had decided to go back to writing novels instead. I knew novels required much more research than a movie script, so I did my research and from learning about the actual life of the guy I found my adversary for him--his brother Radu. They were enemies as humans. What better universal conflict is there than brother vs brother? It goes back to the Bible. Also from learning about his life I discovered the Order of the Dragon. Here was Vlad actually in a secret order--I now also had my source for what gave him and his brother the power to be a vampire.

When i finished it 2001 there were some differences then from the finished version. In the 2001 version they lived in Philadelphia, not California. The original version contained some explanation for the many vampire legends, but no where near as much research as in the final version. Also my entire writing talent was no where near as mature as it is now.

The book was rejected by everyone I sent it to (and I sent it to a lot of people). Part of it might have been my skills were not up to par to compete with commercial fiction, and part of it might have been vampires were not as big as they were then as they were now. I moved on and started working on Social Studies with the feeling I just had to come up with another idea. But there was a reason why the first novel I wrote after college was a vampire one--I knew they would always be popular.

2 years ago when I inked the deal for Social Studies, I offered the published Bloodlines and Social Studies. They chose to go with the latter, because though vampires were popular, my vision of vampires were not in line with the what was selling then. Most of the vampire works were supernatural-erotica. Vampire porn--True Blood, Twilight, Vampire Diaries. The vampires were young andsexy. They were love stories, sex stories, and the characters happened to be vampires. Most of these works didn't stay true to any of the vampire rules except that the vampires had fangs and drank blood. The publishers were right, my book was not like these--thank God. So instead i gave them Social Studies, but Bloodlines was next in my queue to work on. I was not writing this book for tweenagers, I was writing this for vampires fans--true vampire fans. There is violence, Christian symbols, and not only do I stay true to most of the lore, I even explain some of the legends. I publish it now hoping that the masses are sick of these tiger beat vampires and want to stick their teeth into some real blood.

My next blog will explain more about the plot and some of the history mentioned in this book. For now I wanted you to know my motivation to write this story.

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More Blogs by Drew D'Amato
•  The Road to Bloodlines - Thursday, December 15, 2011  
• Background Behind Social Studies - Thursday, April 07, 2011
• First Blog - Thursday, March 31, 2011

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