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YA Week continues with Mari Mancusi

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It seems I just can't get enough of those vamps. 
Talking about them today is fang girl Mari Mancusi.  Comment to win a signed copy of the first novel in her Blood Coven series!

I love her bio, so I'm going to let that be her introduction to you:
Mari Mancusi used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession --journalism -- instead. Today she works as a television producer for a women's lifestyle show in Manhattan and has won two Emmys. As if writing and TV producing weren't enough to keep her busy, Mari also enjoys snowboarding, clubbing, shopping, 80s music, and her favorite guilty pleasure--video games. She lives in New York City with her very sweet dog, Molly.

 

Talking Vampires with Mari Mancusi


The great thing about writing about vampires is you can make them into anything you want them to be. From tuxedo-clad Dracula to mega rock star Lestat. Brooding, neutered Spike to punk rock biker boy David in the Lost Boys. Goth vampires, fashionista vampires, vampires with a soul – the possibilities are endless.

When I started writing my Blood Coven Vampire series I had a blast creating my own vampire world. Taking from myths, legends and a whole lot of pop culture, I mixed and matched and made it my own. My vampires don’t kill humans to drink their blood – they are assigned donors who are contracted and paid well for their services. They don’t just randomly turn other people into vampires –there’s a three month certification test, DNA analysis and blood screen. All very high tech and organized.

Vampires are not one-size-fits-all, which, I think, adds to their appeal. Nor are the books about them. You have everything from dark, brooding tales like Twilight to laugh-out-loud comedies like Undead and Unwed. So no matter what kind of story you’re looking for, you can probably find one featuring a vampire.

I, myself, was a huge Buffy fan back in the day, which definitely influenced my own vampire stories. There was just something brilliant about that show which took everyday, real-life problems and gave them a supernatural twist. My friends and I would have Buffy night parties every Tuesday. Wine, pizza, and some very strict rules. Like no talking, except during a commercial. (Appreciative noises were given special dispensation when a shirtless Spike appeared on-screen.) And speaking of Spike, I’m going to go see him in concert as part of Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors in June. Can’t wait!

Right now everyone’s wondering what the next “vampire” will be. The mythological creature that will take the vampire’s place in the hearts of America. Will it be the werewolf? Not for me – all I can think of is the bestiality overtones. And even though I write zombie stories, I can’t imagine many hero zombies making it big. I mean, hello?, they’re reanimated corpses—often with decaying skin and missing appendages. Better to keep them the villains. Fairies? Well, maybe, but in my opinion they’re too pretty and feminine to really stand up to the alpha male hotness that is a vampire.

I was interviewing the executive editor of Harper Children’s a couple weeks back and she told me that there were actual studies showing that vampires were more popular during times of economic crisis. Why is that you might wonder? Well, maybe it’s because when you’re feeling poor and powerless in your own real life it’s fun to imagine an all-powerful, super rich, super gorgeous creature who’s been lost, searching centuries for a soulmate and finding it in little old you. What other creature could make you feel so special?

And that is why, I believe, vampires are here to stay.

So who’s your favorite vampire? Comment and win an autographed copy of the first book in my Blood Coven Vampire series, BOYS THAT BITE.




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selestial_owg
May. 27th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
My favorite vampire depends greatly on my mood. My personal favorite at this moment is probably Dimitri (from Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series). I can't wait until August so I can find out how he and Rose deal with each other given their new circumstances.
starrgirl7
May. 27th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Hm I've only read the first Vampire Academy and I really liked bad boy Christian. I need to read the rest of them!! I know there are a ton of Dimitri fans out there!
selestial_owg
May. 27th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
I love Christian too, but I think I'd like him better if he wasn't so whipped by Lissa LOL.
(Anonymous)
May. 27th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
My favorite vampire is Spike from Buffy!

Llehn
lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com
ext_188570
May. 27th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
I used to be a huge Buffy fan. But the first time I saw the show I was so scared that I couldn't watch. Then I figured out that it wasn't scary! From Buffy my fave vamp was Spike before he got the chip in his brain.
ext_189560
May. 27th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
my favotire vampire?..hmmm..that's tough..From YA novels I'll say Michael Glass from the Morganville Series by Rachel Caine. Adult books I'd say Quinn from the Riley Jensen series from Keri Arthur.
elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net
(Anonymous)
May. 27th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: YA Week with Mari Mancusi
I really like Magnus.

Margay

Margay1122 (at) aol (dot) com
starrgirl7
May. 27th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Re: YA Week with Mari Mancusi
Yay Magnus!!! :)
ext_136661
May. 27th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
That's a really tough question. I think it almost changed with each vampire book I read and fall in love with. I think right now it's Merit from Some Girls Bite, because that's the last one I read, plus she's snarky and stubborn.
oneminutemonkey
May. 27th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
I just want to know when Bad Blood is coming out... no sign of it on Amazon, and I'm excited to see a fourth in the series.

Oh heck. For the sake of argument... my favorite vampire. That would be...

Huh. Rough choice.
I'm going to go with the current iteration of Dracula in the CAPTAIN BRITAIN comic book series. Why? Because he has a castle on the Moon, a massive sailing ship adapated for space, and he fires exploding magic-enhanced vampire assassins at England. Now THAT'S style.

Though in a pinch, I wouldnt' mind meeting Ivy from Kim Harrison's Hollows series.
varkat
May. 27th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
I think BAD BLOOD is January 2010. Mari, is that right?
starrgirl7
May. 27th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, January 2010. Long wait, I know! The reason is the publisher is re-packaging and re-releasing the first three books in the series the subsequent months. The good of that is introducing new readers to the series. The bad is the long wait for Bad Blood!!

elialshadowpine
May. 27th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
... I have to pick one!?

*mutter*

Currently... I think, it would have to be Mina from Jocelynne Drake's Nighthunter series. But, it depends a lot on what I'm reading at the time too. ;)
ext_135469
May. 27th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
No, I'm not going to say Edward Cullen. But my favorite vampire is one of my own characters from stories I write. She's 16 and named Ailenn. In the world the stories are set in, vampires are more tainted spirits of the Earth than blood-sucking undead. So, my favorite vampire in books is Mina Hamilton from Sucks to be Me by Kimberley Pauley. Well, I also like Alice Cullen, but Edward doesn't really have much of a personality.

*Paradox*
paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com
(Anonymous)
May. 28th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
team vampire!

i love the new covers for the books, but o also did the older ones!

janeydoey29@yahoo.com
lauramartone
May. 28th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Favorite vampire ever? Ugh, that's tough!
Hmmm... In literature, I would have to say that Louis (of Anne Rice's world) is my favorite vamp. I can relate to his brooding, tortured nature (Joss Whedon's Angel certainly channels that vibe). But, of the vampires that haunt movies and TV, it's Spike, hands down. I, too, used to participate in Buffy-viewing parties with my pals - and the hubby and I seemed to be the only ones that believed Spike was the true champion of Whedon's Buffyverse. After all, he loved Buffy and sacrificed for her long before his soul had been returned. Besides, he wrote poetry - and had a killer accent. Take that, Angel!
donnas1
May. 28th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
I have always had a things for Keifer Sutherland's character in The Lost Boys.

I havent had the chance to read the Blood Coven series yet but I am going to have to pick it up.

bacchus76 at myself dot com
edwards_heroin
May. 28th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
These books sound really good, and I love that the author is a Buffy fan! In my opinion, there is nothing better :)

My favourite vampire is either Angel, Spike or Edward Cullen. Don't make me choose... it's too hard!
varkat
May. 29th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
Yay! You're our winner. Congratulations!
(Anonymous)
May. 29th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
TEAM ZOMBIE



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(Anonymous)
May. 29th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
Favorite vampire
I LOVE vampires, but my favorite is the yummy Angel from "Buffy" and "Angel." I also have a soft spot for Barnabas Collins because "Dark Shadows" made me fall in love with vampires as a kid!

~ Karen W.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 2nd, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
VAMPIRES!
my fav vamp has to be magnus for the blood coven i cant wait to read her nxt book :) :) :) :) :) :)
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