Vampire Novelist Denise K. Rago

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If only it were that easy. How many times have I read or heard this simple directive when it comes to writing?

“Just write.”

Some writers extol the blank page. Like the empty canvas of the painter, anything is possible. The blank page staring back at me holds both the promise of a new chapter and the ramblings of my unconscious mind.

Dare I say I am not sure which is which sometimes?

When asked if I write in a linear fashion after first creating an outline, I usually smirk, then laugh, as I think of all the writings/ramblings I have created that remain in folders on my desktop computer, waiting to be born.

My writings stem from the voices in my head – yes, the voices of my vampires talking to me, prodding me to tell their stories. I cannot plan for it or schedule a time to “sit and write” in a disciplined fashion. Too many other parts of my life call to me and so when my muse taps on my shoulder through the voice of my main character, Christian Du Mauré, or his best friend, Michel Baptiste, or their mortal lover, Josette Delacore, I sit down and write what I hear and “see” in my mind.

It’s sort of like watching a film. I see them in a room, or wandering at night through Central Park, and as they converse I record it. Yes, I go back and edit it, and although each conversation may not be meaningful at that moment, it may become part of a chapter or even a whole chapter. I won’t know until I sit down and write.

I may “feel” Michel needing to say something to another character and so I sit and write his dialogue; whether it is in the here and now or in the eighteenth century. I visualize what my characters are wearing and feel their emotions – especially their loneliness and grief.

Slowly, the chapters fall into place and then I have Part One, and then Part Two.

When I begin a novel, I do not know where the story will take me, as the characters are continually surprising me. And although I may say to myself, “Christian feels so much guilt over leaving Josette behind,” I am never sure how to share this with the reader until I write it. He will tell me.

Writing is the unknowable, which is the magic and the maelstrom of my creativity.

I leave you with E.L. Doctorow who puts it so nicely -

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

Exactly.

My New Year is getting off to a great start.

I hope that yours is too.

My newest page titled Bookshelf has undergone some construction and I will be posting books again soon.

Thank you for your patience and for always dropping by.

 

 

It has been an exciting year for me.
Starting with the publishing of Blood Tears in January and the book launch in March. I have so many people to thank for always being there for me and my books.
Well Versed Creative and Social Marketing Solutions have given my brand and my website more direction than I could ever have dreamed possible. I look forward to 2015.

To everyone who drops by to read my posts or visit my Bookshelf. I love your comments and hope you keep coming back.

To my friends and family, both here on social media and behind the scenes, you give me more than I can ever thank you for and I love you all so much.

Have a Happy Hanukkah, A Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Live in Peace.

Today I received my Certificate of Registration, better known as my copyright registration for Blood Tears today.
I don’t know about any other writers but there is something magical about this piece of paper.
Not that it makes my novel more real, it just feels official to me that my novel is shelved in the Library of Congress.
Despite taking almost a year to receive it I knew it would come and I will file it away along with my Certificate of Registration for my debut novel, Immortal Obsession.

In the same mail delivery I received the new proof for Blood Tears. I changed the author photograph and added some one liners from some of my favorite book reviews.

I took this as a sign that I am on the right track as I begin book three. Oh yes, Virginia, there is a book three coming!

  • by Denise K. Rago

This happens to be the diary of Josette Delacore.

This image of a bloodied diary happens to be the diary belonging to Josette Delacore, one of the main characters in both of my novels. She has kept diaries for most of her life. This allows the story to be told in parts from her perspective.

Another diary writer is Eleanore Du Maure, the mother of vampire Christian Du Maure. She also kept a diary of her love affair with a mysterious man, nine months before her son Christian was born.

Storytellers use various vehicles to share the lives of their characters. I happen to enjoy journal writing myself and so do my characters. It gives the reader a deeper appreciation of a character if they can see into their private world.

They flowed out of the heat; detaching themselves from the shadows on a tepid summer night in the year of our Lord 1787. I was but a girl of fifteen yet already deflowered by one of the most powerful vampires in all of Paris and to whose arm I gently clung. I was just months away from marrying a much older man, yet at that moment time stood still for me as I watched them approach us. I could feel Gaetan shift slightly in front of me as if his actions could shield me from the two of them.

I stood transfixed as they came closer.

They were both tall, well over 6 feet and thin, but that is where any comparison ended, as they were opposites in appearance and later, I would learn, in almost everything under the sun, or should I say stars? It was obvious that my lover Gaetan hated them. I could feel anger pouring from him and then, when the the blond pressed his cold lips to my skin, I shuttered and shattered all in an instant.

Perhaps if they both had just kept walking my life would have turned out very differently, but I had begged an introduction and when his dark eyes locked with mine, I found myself exposed, as if a locked door within my heart flew open and my soul lay exposed for him to look inside. Then he told me his name as his voice curled around me like my favorite silk scarf.

I had willing fallen into a chasm I had no hope of escaping: Christian Du Maure.

Last month on the Immortal Obsession Facebook fan page, I ran a contest to give away a copy of both “Immortal Obsession” and “Blood Tears”. Participants “liked” and shared the Immortal Obsession fan page to be entered, and today I would like to announce the winner!

Congratulations to Erica Danielle of North Carolina! A big thanks to Erica and everyone else who entered this contest. I truly appreciate your support. Enjoy your books, Erica!

 

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My new website page is finally here! As of today “The Bookshelf” has gone live and I’m so excited to share it with all of you. I am dedicating a page on this website to my favorite novels, as a way to say thank you for demonstrating one again, the power of the written word to move me to tears, take me to another place and leave an indelible mark on my soul. The Bookshelf will be updated every Friday with new books so be sure to stop by every week.

Some books you may find to your liking but feel free to comment with your suggestions, so I can see what books YOU love. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on my favorites and share thoughts on yours. Enjoy the Bookshelf!

You can find the Bookshelf page here!

 

As a lifelong reader I find that although most books entertain, there are some which contain a magical quality; a kernel of truth about the human condition which then elevates the novel allowing the story to remain with me long after I read the last page. Something more than just a great plot or compelling characters.

I find this illusive, magical quality to be the hallmark of great writing, and so, to honor all these authors and their works, I am dedicating a page on this website to my favorite books, as a way to say thank you for demonstrating one again, the power of the written word to move me to tears, take me to another place and leave an indelible mark on my soul.

Characters such as Theo Decker, Gretchen Lowell, the Vampire Lestat, Anita Blake, Captain Ahab, Detectives Charlie Parker and Harry Hole…I am sure you have your favorites too. These are some of the people who have stayed with me.

Perhaps you will find some of my choices to your liking. Books you might choose to place on your very own book shelf. Please send me your feedback and stop by often as new editions will be added all the time.

Enjoy!

I have been a life-long Anne Rice fan, reading Interview With The Vampire when it first published in 1976 and knowing that she had changed the genre for this bloodthirsty creature. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interview_with_the_Vampire/

The buzz for me this fall has been the publication of her latest novel, The Prince Lestat. I too fell in love with this charming vampire along with thousands of other readers and I have since gone onto to read all of her vampire novels as well as her series on The Mayfair Witches, angels and werewolves; however, nothing beats her vampire novels and there is none more famous vampire than Lestat.
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In anticipation of her latest novel, there is much speculation around what actor would play this mercurial, gorgeous vampire on film. Who could fill that frock coat?

I refuse to revisit the original debate that ensued over the actor Tom Cruise landing the role of the infamous vampire and the pros and cons of the studios’ choice. I do know that I loved the movie. As I mull over all the possibilities I have come up with three actors who could bring Lestat to the screen and fill his shoes, or should I say boots? I welcome your feedback too and you can’t tell me you have not thought about this too.

The first gentlemen that comes to mind is Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard. Famously know for his portrayal of vampire Eric Northman in True Blood; He is tall, blond and frighteningly gorgeous with a very dark side.

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My second thought is the lesser known actor Michael Pitt. Best known for his portrait of troubled gangster Jimmy Darmody on Boardwalk Empire, he has the coloring and angst to play Lestat. He too is tall and foreboding and may fit into the eighteenth century quite well.

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The third choice is one of my favorite musicians and actors, Jared Leto. His portrayal of Reyon in the film Dallas Buyers Club earned him an Oscar but also my undying love and respect. I can visualize him prancing around in a lace shirt, high heels with long blond hair. Lestat resurrected as a rock star. They way I see it, is already there.

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