Friday, May 21, 2010

I Didn't Know Vampires Were In – Honest!

Now that I'm due to have a vampire book out in August (fun, not scary, for 3-7 years olds) everyone keeps telling me how timely my book is, because vampires are "in".  I'm really excited about that but when I conceived of the book and later, when I wrote it, (pre-TWILIGHT) I had no idea that vampires were so popular.

The book began, as noted in an earlier blog, with a game I used to play with my daughter when she was little.  "Tickle me, Mommy," she used to say, when she got home from school.  "Please?"

So we played the vampire game.  I'd tell her a vampire was coming to dinner and she ought to be a good host and, well, let him have something to eat.  Or drink.  And she'd do her best to keep me from tickling her neck.  Many years later, and gradually, the idea of A VAMPIRE IS COMING TO DINNER grew out of that game.

Now that my daughter is sixteen, she doesn't ask me to tickle her when she comes home from school anymore.  But I think she's pleased that she inspired a book and I sure am glad we played the game way back then.  Because, sometimes, playing is the most important work a writer can do.


  1. Love that last line! "Playing is the most important work a writer can do." Sounds ike one of those great writerly quotes - and marvelous advice. Now, off to work -- oops, I mean, off to play -- I go. :)


  2. katiaraina is right, that is very quotable. They should probably have "How to say quote-worthy things" classes as part of MFA courses. ;p

    That's also a sweet story. It's funny how trends can just kind of accidentally happen without the participants realizing until later. That's what it seems to be with baby names too. Everyone think they're doing something new, and then it turns out everyone else is doing it too.

    In your case, you really are doing something different -- a sweet children's book.

  3. Lucky you to coattail onto a hot trend. It seems you are catching the young audience at just the right time. Best wishes on your book. It sounds like a winner and just plain fun.

    The idea for my middle-grade manuscript came from my son. My children are great inspirations, but I just tell them that it's about time they started earning their keep by giving me story ideas.

    BTW, visiting from SheWrites.

  4. Good luck with the book - it sounds great.

  5. That's sweet. Vampires are in, and for some reason, the vampire book I started about six years ago, is on hold because I hate the fact that vampires are in.

  6. I think I prefer your vampires to the ones that are currently "hot items!"