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Do you believe in vampires?
E.S. - No, but then again,
Iím not sure I havenít dated a few. :)
Coffins a real movie?
E.S. - No. I created it for
Vampire Kisses 2--Kissing Coffins. But it does
seem spooky and I would love to see it as a real
How long will
the series be?
E.S. - At this time, I am
contracted for eight books. But who knows--I
didnít think there would be any after the first.
Are the stories
in the manga different from the novels?
E.S. - Yes. Same
characters, but linear stories. You donít have
to wait to finish the novels before reading the
manga. They can be read at the same time without
any confusion. And youíll get to meet Claude,
Alexanderís sexy and menacing cousin.
Will there be a
sequel to Teenage Mermaid?
E.S. - Iíd like to write
one someday, but at the moment Iím writing
Vampire Kisses novels and mangas. And of course,
there are those other novels Iíve begun
Why do the books
take so long to come out? Can you write faster?
E.S. - I do write fast! But
there are a lot of behind the scenes goings on
that the reader doesnít see. First they are in
hardback and HarperCollins wants these books to
come out once a year. There are fabulous
editors, copyeditors, cover designers and they
all need time to get their part done. So you can
see it takes a while to publish them.
Why is the model
on The Coffin Club different from the other
E.S. - Raven grew up! The
first model and photographer are from France.
And though the books take place over a year, the
publication dates are once a year. So the
original Raven is probably off to college! Now
we have an American model--so the editor can
actually attend the photo-shoot.
Where did you
find Ravenís dress on the cover of Dance with a
The editors wanted
me to find a dress for Raven. I searched all
over online and when we finally decided on
one--it was in Australia and we didnít have time
to order it and have it shipped to France in
time for the shoot. So it was back to a weekend
of online window shopping and I finally found
the perfect dress. It was shown in pink, but
they had one available in blood red. To die
for!!! You can find one here at
Are Hello Batty
and Olivia Outcast real?
E.S. - No. I made them up
for the books. Some cute characters that Raven
would adorn on her accessories. But I do have
hopes that sometime they have their own story.
Perhaps in the future...
Since you were an actress, is
Aunt Libby based on you?
E.S. - No,
sheís actually a combo of my Aunt Esther and my
long time friend in Chicago. Everyone should
have an Aunt Esther. Sheís really loving and
kind and loves girl talk.
My friend in Chicago is a totally hippie-girl. I
think sheís Jim Morrison reincarnated.
Where is Dullsville?
Dullsville is a state of mind, really. My mind,
anyway, when I wrote Vampire Kisses. It is not a
real town, but I do get some ideas when I drive
around. My mom grew up in a small town, so she
gives me some ideas--like the spring carnival in
Vampireville. Beckyís house (the exterior) is a
few miles from me. But mostly, the ideas just
pop in my head.