Why I Wrote Vampire Babylon by Chris Marie Green

I wrote my Vampire Babylon series for a few reasons. I wanted to:

  1. flesh out a hunter who was kick-ass yet vulnerable.
  2. have fun with a group of characters (and I do mean the quirky kind) who would serve as a hunting team.
  3. do a bloody, gritty, neon-on-the-dark-rainy-streets infused mystery.
  4. create some vamps of a different stripe.

So I started playing around with an idea that fused many of these elements. Since I?m pretty much a storage unit for pop cultural tidbits, I took all of the above, mixed it with a ?Charlie?s Angels? type boss (who?s also a bit of the Phantom of the Opera), resurrected one of the most well-known urban legends of the silver screen (the ghost boy from THREE MEN AND A BABY), and gave it a spin.

Poof?my first Vampire Babylon trilogy was born, stretching awake through (and under) the gothic, noir streets of Los Angeles.

But here was the thing?this story about an erotically charged Hollywood Underground was so big that I knew I wouldn?t be able to tell it all in just one book. So I looked at HARRY POTTER and how J.K. Rowling used a mythology that spanned seven books?stories in which the big bad villain wasn?t put to rest until the very last installment. I looked at the fascination with LOST. And I decided that my story would be best served by using a longer trilogy arc.

It was chancy. Although there?s a central mystery that?s solved by the end of each book, there were mystery, mythology, and character threads that wouldn?t be tied up until the third book. But in NIGHT RISING, MIDNIGHT REIGN, and BREAK OF DAWN, I feel like things did come to a satisfying close?

Until Ace asked me to write another three books.

And I was ready, because I had a yen to explore one of the most haunted cities in the world?London. Also, I had an idea for some vampires who had a lot in common with certain fairy tales. Basically, this second trilogy features what I consider to be the scariest vampires of all?young girls who are lured by an older man making promises to them. Promises he, of course, has no intention of keeping. And, let?s be honest?you never want to tick off a teenaged girl. (I would?ve been the biggest nightmare vampire of all, way back when!)

The first two books, A DROP OF RED (book 4) and THE PATH OF RAZORS (book 5), show you a different underground than the Hollywood one, and the trilogy will be closing out with the third installment, DEEP IN THE WOODS (book 6), on March 2, 2010. I had such fun doing this trilogy?I got to travel to London, where I blocked out scenes in Highgate Cemetery and Southwark. And when you get to research something as interesting as the effect fairy tales have had on society? Icing on the cake.
If you?ve read the previous five books, thank you from the bottom of my arguably dark heart. : ) If you?d like to start, the books are out there just waiting for you to snag them?much like the things that exist under the ground, watching, waiting?wanting.

I?ll be giving away a signed copy of THE PATH OF RAZORS, Vampire Babylon, Book Five, to someone who comments on this blog. Check back tomorrow for the winner!
Enjoy!

Happy Hunting,

Chris Marie Green

www.vampirebabylon.com

15 Responses to “Why I Wrote Vampire Babylon by Chris Marie Green”

  • Loved, loved this guest post! No worries about the snagging of your books – I have plans to get them all – I’ve got the first, now I have to get the second. ; ) I adore your reasons for creating the series and have a soft spot for the vulnerable and kick-ass heroines out there. Same goes for the gothic, gritty atmosphere.

  • SANDY JONES:

    I have started picking up your books and cannot wait to read them. Especially after reading what you wrote here. I love books in a series, some I really hate when they end.

    Thanks,

    Sandy

  • Kelly G:

    I was in seach of a series that not only had action and romance, hard to come by in this day with paranormal or urban fantasy, and a great story line. I came across the Vampire Babylon series and fell in love after the first chapter.

    When I read a series I like to picture in detail what the author is describing, get into the mind of the character, and Chris has done this very well! You can feel for Dawn as she goes through the motions of trying to find her father, coming to terms a dead mother, and the ooo so myseries voice of the house.

    For those of you in search of action, little bit of romance, and just a outright great story, I recommend the Vampire Babylon series.

    And for you Chris can’t wait until Ace allows you to continue Dawn story and look forward to the new series.

  • Jason:

    This book looks awesome! I would love to win a copy!

    ~smooches~
    Jase

  • Great interview/post! I am axiously awating delivery of my preorderd Deep In The Woods! Congrats on a great series! (Ps, please don’t consider me for the giveaway,I already have the entire series! Just wanted to stop in and say hi!)

    Kate
    http://www.yzhabellasbookshelf.blogspot.com/

  • Audra Holtwick:

    You have the best ideas for stories – I love the HARRY POTTER books also and can’t wait to read your books.

  • Andrea I:

    Thanks for the information. I will have to check out the Vampire Babylon series.

  • Jamie:

    Oohh! These books sound so good! Cant wait to check them out! Thanks! 🙂

  • Hi, Andrea, and thank you! ; )

  • This book looks fantastic and I have added it to my list of new books to get…great guest post as well…

  • INCiDeNT! Gothic and gritty–two words that speak to my delighted soul, as well. ; )

    Sandy–a new Undergrounder! Thank you, too. I think the cover art has done a great job of catching people’s interest. I’ve been very lucky!

    Kelly G.–wow, what a testimonial! I love it when I hear that readers connect with Dawn (or Kiko and Breisi). Let’s hope for more Babylon in the future.

    Thank you, Jason and Jamie!

    Aw, Kate, thank you. It’s great to “see” you whenever I can!

    LOL, Audra, I appreciate your comment. I still can’t believe that I get paid to daydream and then write down what’s dancing around in my head. : )

    I’ll be announcing a winner in about two hours (3pm pacific time), okay?

  • danielle leavell:

    I love your books! I’m currently still reading Break of Dawn but looking forward to reading the rest of them. My sister got me hooked 🙂

  • Looks like INCiDeNT is the lucky winner! INCiDeNT, could you tweet your snail mail to me?

    Everyone, thanks so much for coming over. All the best to you!

  • Sweet!! Thanks much! I tweeted but I can’t DM you my snail mail yet since you don’t follow me.

  • Nora Barteau:

    Hi Chris!
    I loved this blog and needless to say your work with the Babylon series is a stroke of genius and you know I am already addicted to them and collecting the series! Keep it up! I rec. everyone to get started on this series because you will not be disappointed. And if you are new to the paranormal vamps, this is a great place to start your journey!!! Thumbs up Chris!