Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tour: Her Loving Husband's Curse by Meredith Allard (Guest Post)

I'd like to thank Roxanne @ Bewitching Book Tours for giving me this opportunity to participate in the HER LOVING HUSBAND'S CURSE Blog Tour. And I'd like to welcome Meredith Allard to ABTB!

Her Loving Husband’s Curse
Book Two of The Loving Husband Trilogy
By Meredith Allard

How far will you go to protect the one you love?

Finally, after many long and lonely years, James Wentworth’s life is falling into place. Together with his wife, Sarah, the only woman he has ever loved, he has found the meaning behind her nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and now they are rebuilding the life they began together so long ago.

But the past is never far behind for the Wentworths. While Sarah is haunted by new visions, now about the baby she carried over three hundred years before, James is confronted with painful memories from his time with the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears. Through it all, the persistent reporter Kenneth Hempel reappears, still determined to prove that the undead walk the earth. If Hempel succeeds in his quest, James and Sarah will suffer. Will the curse of the vampire prevent James and Sarah from living their happily ever after?


About this Author:

Meredith Allard is the Executive Editor of The Copperfield Review,  an award-winning literary journal for readers and writers of historical fiction. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from California State University, Northridge. She has taught writing to students aged 10 to 60, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction workshops at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference. Her writing has appeared in journals such as The Paumanok Review,  Moondance, Wild Mind,Muse Apprentice Guild, The Maxwell Digest, CarbLite, Writer’s Weekly, and ViewsHound. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Guest Post by Meredith Allard: 

There’s a lot of talk these days about how 50 Shades of Grey began as a piece of Twilight fan fiction. While I can’t claim any knowledge about the fan fiction world, I can say that, in a way, The Loving Husband Trilogy was born after I read Twilight.

In 2008, a student of mine handed me Twilight. I wasn’t into vampires at the time, but I read it and I liked it enough to want to read the other books in the series. With my new interest in vampires, I began reading other paranormal books like Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampires series, along with some Anne Rice and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. After an episode of True Blood during its first season on HBO, I began to think about what it must like to be a vampire who continues living after the humans he loves died. What would that be like? If I hadn’t read Twilight I wouldn’t have watched True Blood, and if I hadn’t watched True Blood my vampire James Wentworth wouldn’t exist.

When I began writing my Loving Husband books, I knew I needed to do something to make my vampire story unique. I needed to do something that could have come just from me. As it was, I knew some of my basic story had been done before, you know, that whole vampire-falling-in-love-with-a-human thing. So I needed a twist that would make it different from the obvious comparisons to Edward and Bella in Twilight and Bill and Sookie in True Blood.

The fact that vampire stories are particularly popular now didn’t dissuade me from writing my own vampire story. The way my story is the same as others was obvious. How could I make it my own?

From my earliest ideas about the story, I knew Her Dear & Loving Husband was about a vampire who lost his beloved wife and, though it was more than 300 years later, he couldn’t move on. When I settled on Salem, Massachusetts as the setting, I was compelled to add elements of the Salem Witch Trials somehow. This turned out to be the main road I traveled to distinguish my tale from others, the way the witch hunts twist in and out of the story. There are a few other plot turns I hope make the story different from other vampire-boy-meets-human-girl tales out there. Which is really all any writer can do—take a story she’s been inspired by, give it her own spins and twirls, and make it her own.  

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for putting up my guest post! I really appreciate it!


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