Halloween is nigh upon us, and that can only mean one thing…the ghosts, ghoulies and all manner of paranormal creatures come out to play. This is good news if you happen to be an erotic vampire romance writer like L. Rosario. She may be of particular interest to 30STM readers since one Jared Leto inspired a character in her recent novel, “The Vampire’s Madam.” So in the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve and a good vampire tale, I interviewed L. Rosario to find out just how she creates the character’s in her novels and why J inspires her writing so.
30STM Examiner: How long have you been a writer?
I’ve been published since 2006, seriously pursuing a career in writing since 1999 but dreaming and writing my entire life.
30STM Examiner: What made you decide to write erotic vampire fiction?
It was a combination of things, but mainly my desire to explore a new genre. I originally started out writing Historical Romances and wanted to try my hand at something completely different, something that would challenge me as an author and take me out of my comfort zone. Once I chose Erotica I knew I needed to decide what sort of erotica to write and Vampires just made sense. I’ve always been fascinated and inspired by the thought of eternal devotion and love. Throw in bloodlust and biting and it just gets hotter and sexier. Plus vampires bring along their own history, allowing me to stay true to my love of historical romances.
30STM Examiner: You once said that Jared Leto was the inspiration for a character?
Yes, he inspired Hugh de Troyes in my current release, The Vampire’s Madam. Plus Jared is a very strong inspiration for my hero in the project I’m working on now. In regards to The Vampire’s Madam, the hero is based more on Jared’s looks than any one aspect of Jared’s character. I remember watching a live performance video from 2007 and being ridiculously inspired by Jared’s messy, chin-length, multi-colored hair. Add to that a photo I’d seen earlier in the day of Jared wearing a fedora and Hugh was born. There might be a few more similarities but you’ll have to read the book because I won’t give those away.
30STM Examiner: What do you find most inspiring about Jared in regards to character development?
First and foremost, Jared is an enigma. It seems every photo or video of him provokes a different emotion. One minute he’s so adorable and dorky you can only shake your head and laugh and the next there will be a distant look in his eyes that makes you want to hug him and never let go. Then there are the photos that seem to promise dark, wicked things. Where he flashes a look at the camera that holds so much fire and aggression it makes it hard to breathe. Such changeability makes him an excellent muse.
But it’s not all about looks. His music videos inspire as well. I will never forget the first time I watched the doors open in From Yesterday and Jared appeared in all black. If that’s not the living embodiment of a vampire, I’m not sure what is. The overall look of that video always inspires me; all the black with pops of red. Simply perfect. And now we have Hurricane, which is just a full on feast for the imagination, 13:30 minutes of pure fantasy and inspiration. It’s sexy, erotic, angry, dark, provocative…I could go on and on.
And last but most importantly are the lyrics. How can anyone not be inspired by the raw honesty of a song like Alibi? I swear when I listen to it I can hear his heart breaking and smell the blood as the emotions bleed out. That’s just one example. I could probably spend all day writing about each lyric that paints a vivid picture but I’ll spare our readers. Suffice it to say, Jared speaks very loudly to the author in me when I listen to the music and lyrics. If I ever have the opportunity to do so, I’d love to thank him for songs like Night of the Hunter, Savior, The Fantasy, Alibi, Hurricane, A Beautiful Lie, The Story, just to name a few.
30STM Examiner: In general how do you go about developing characters for your books? Are they based on real people, like Jared? Or do they pop into your head or a little of both?
A great deal of both. Sometimes I’ll see a photo of a model that I have no idea who they are but their face intrigues me or their eyes seem eager to tell a story. I’ll use that face as inspiration but obviously I’ll have to create a personality around it to fill in the blanks. A lot of times the plot of the story will dictate the characters’ personality. Is it a story that requires the hero to be uber Alpha and the heroine to be strong and independent? Or maybe the story calls for a wounded soul looking for a savior. It’s really hard to explain how it all comes about and sometimes it really can be as simple as seeing a photo of Jared in a fedora. I see the picture and ask myself, “How can I believably work this in?” To me, men wearing hats will always point me in the direction of a historical like The Vampire’s Madam and Hugh.
30STM Examiner: What have been some of the difficulties you’ve encountered in creating your characters?
Well I have two characters who refuse to behave. I think I’ve tried to write their story at least a half dozen times and I can’t seem to make it work. I really don’t know what the problem is but I’m determined to tame them one of these days! Aside from them, a common problem is seeing a wonderful inspiration that refuses to “talk” to me. There’s nothing more frustrating than stumbling upon a perfect face with vacant eyes. I’ve also run into the problem of trying to force a specific character into a plot that’s just not right for them. It’s hard to admit defeat in cases like that but it’s a waste of time and energy to keep trying to put something where it does not fit.
30STM Examiner: What have been some of your favorite characters to write?
I love all my characters, but if you force me to choose, Valentino from Captive Fantasy will always be special to me. I also really enjoyed writing Hayley’s story in Possessing Hayley and I adore Hugh and Janna from The Vampire’s Madam. But I really do love all my “kids.”
30STM Examiner: Being that Halloween is just around the corner have you seen a spike in interest for your work?
I think so, yes. Vampires and Halloween seem to go hand in hand, but thankfully they also generate interest year round, like most paranormal creatures.
30STM Examiner: Any other thoughts to share with the 30STM readers?
Stay true to who you really are, believe in yourself and never stop dreaming.
Catch a glimpse of the covers of L. Rosario’s novels in the slide show. You can find L. Rosario’s books here:
Official website – www.lrosario.com (find links to follow L. Rosario on Twitter, Tumblr & Facebook plus complete information on all available titles)
Purchase links for featured covers:
Possessing Hayley – http://www.jasminejade.com/p-8605-possessing-hayley.aspx
The Vampire’s Madam – http://www.wilderroses.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=86&products_id=839
Captive Fantasy – http://www.wilderroses.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=180&products_id=692
Please note: All titles intended for readers 18+
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