Matheus Taylor didn’t ask to be murdered.
To be fair, the percentage of people actually asking to be murdered is probably small enough to be safely ignored, but he felt it was worth stating regardless.
His life might have been ordinary, but it was his life and he wasn’t done with it yet. Quin didn’t care. A seventeen-hundred old Roman, Quintus Livius Saturnius had a different view of morality than most people. Killing Matheus and hijacking his undead existence seemed perfectly acceptable to him.
Now, Matheus spends his nights running for his life, questioning his sexual orientation, and defying a mysterious new threat to the vampires within his city. Not that he set out to do any defying; he just wanted to be left alone.
Unfortunately, that was never going to happen.
I was drawn to this paranormal YA fantasy because I have been on a vampire kick lately. It must be all of the Vampire Diaries and True Blood marathons invading my brain. I had a feeling by the title, REAL VAMPIRE’S DON’T SPARKLE, there might be a little satire mixed with some downright plain ol’ funny. Most vamp books are about teen drama, and the romance always sneaks in. It was a refreshing change of pace to start the book off with an accountant-looking vampire instead of a dark and smoldering hunk. The subplot of Matheus exploring (or lack of) his sexual orientation is a welcome stray from the norm as well.
There is a lot of weirdness, adventure, and humor speckled through out the book that left me with unanswered questions and a yearning for more. As soon as I was done with the book, I went to Amazon to find the second book and there wasn’t one! Ack! After a quick trip to the publisher’s site, I found that Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle is also serialized and published at Curiosity Quills, every Sunday. You can get Real Vampire’s Don’t Sparkle from Amazon on Kindle or paperback.
I would recommend this book for those who want a little more meat on their vampire, and not the same-ol’ Hollywood sparkling kind!
About the Author Amy Fecteau
Amy Fecteau grew up in the wilds of suburbia, along with a younger sister and brother. As a child, Amy wanted to be a doctor-farmer-princess, but unfortunately the market for doctor-farmer-princesses just isn’t what it used to be. Also, Amy was born in the United States, severely limiting her chances to become royalty.
Amy wrote her first story at age twelve, the stirring tale of friendship and witch burning. She was cruelly robbed of first place in the district writing contest by Randa C., whose story of a handicapped girl overcoming her disability was nothing but a blatant grab for the judges’ sympathy. Fifteen years later, Amy would like to say, “Suck it, Randa,” but that would be petty and childish, so she will refrain.
Amy lives in southern Maine. She collects keychains, owns a cat (named CAT) and creates eclectic art in her spare time. Currently, she is studying computer science. She blames her love of sarcasm and snark on her large, strange, wonderful family.
I was very intrigued by Amy just from her picture alone, and I wanted to learn a little more. She was gracious enough to answer my questions below. After I read her answers, I knew if we knew each other in real life we would be fast friends! She is just cool people through and through!
When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I used to run through books like crazy as a kid (so much so my library had to make an exception to the three book limit because my mom got sick of driving me there everyday!). I think about 12 or 13 I realized I could write my own books. I showed one of my early stories to a teacher, and his encouragement really fueled my desire to write.
How long did it take you to write the Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle?
Oh, God, three years, I think. The rough draft took about a year and a half to two years, and then I spent another year rewriting and polishing it. I don’t write very quickly, unfortunately. I tend to get distracted easily, and there is a whole internet to explore…
Who is your favorite character in the Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle and why?
Well, I love all my characters, even the evil ones, but I have to say my favorite is Alistair. He only shows up a little in the first book, but he really starts coming into his own in the later ones. He has this quality of being broken, but still going forward, doing what has to be done. And he doesn’t whine, which makes him a breath of fresh air after Matheus.
Do you have any new book ideas you are currently working on?
Right now, I’m continuing Matheus’ story. He’s got some new friends, a new enemy, and some new secrets to uncover. After that, who knows? I have some idealets floating around, but nothing put to paper yet.
What is your favorite food?
Cheese. Except Swiss. Sorry, Switzerland.
What do you have on your feet right now?
Nothing. They are gloriously naked.
Who is your favorite author?
Terry Pratchett. Although, there are a lot of authors tied for second place.
If you were stranded on a desert island with only one book, which one would it be?
Oh, man, I don’t know. Something dense that will take me a while to read. Infinite Jest, by William Foster Wallace, maybe?