Today marks the release of Possessed by a Vampire, the latest paranormal romance in Susan Griscom’s exciting Immortal Hearts of San Francisco series. I’ve finished the third book just in time for number four today, so I’m stoked! I love the roster of characters in this series, how they recur and play off each other’s personalities as a new pairing takes priority in each book in the series. Immortals Hearts is centered around a rock band in a downtown club in The City. With Vampires, rock stars, and the City by the Bay–this thing was impossible for me to resist. Rather than listen to me ramble, check out the blurb and excerpt in my earlier blog post. As part today’s launch, Susan was kind enough to take a little time and answer a few interview questions for me. Here they are!
Susan Griscom Possessed by a Vampire Interview
by Alix Adale
First, thanks for taking the time to answer these questions. It’s great to talk to another vampire-lover! For starters, maybe you can say a little bit about yourself and how you got into writing romance?
Hi, thanks for interviewing me. I started writing in 2007 after I retired and published my first book in October 2011. Possessed by a Vampire is book number thirteen.
Possessed by a Vampire is the fourth installment in the Immortal Hearts of San Francisco series. What can you tell us about this story’s two leads, Preston and Lily? What we get from the first few books is that he always wears sunglasses and Chelle finds him ‘creepy.’
Preston, a.k.a. Elvis to his brother band mates, has always been the quiet one of the four. He has quite the unique story as his turning was not forced, but propositioned. That’s about all I’ll say about Preston at this time, but he’s been trying to date Lily for a few months with no success. Lily has a few problems of her own and is afraid to open up to Preston about them for fear he will think horrible things about her.
One thing that sets your vampire series apart is the rock star aspect. All these guys (and one gal) are in a band. How did you decide to blend those two tropes?
Rock Stars have always seemed to be immortal to me. Their life styles are usually very different from us normal humans, it just seemed logical to have them be rock stars.
San Francisco is the perfect setting for a paranormal series. There’s the fog, the Painted ladies, Alcatraz, Nob Hill, the Tenderloin, Hell’s Angels, The Castro, hippies, dance clubs—the whole city oozes atmosphere, color, and history. How did you end up choosing it?
I’ve lived in the Bay Area for thirty plus years and love the city. I always feel as if I’m in another world whenever I visit it. Plus, one day when Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” came on, it sparked the idea of the Immortal Hearts.
Interesting! I would’ve expected the Eric Burdon song, A Warm San Francisco Night, given how the Lost Boys are such classic rockers. Anyhoo, I love the series and am ready for number four when it lands. Do you plan to take the series to a fifth or even more books?
Absolutely! I already have story lines for four more characters. I’ll keep writing in the series as long as I can keep coming up with new characters.
You’re writing paranormal and contemporary romance. Do you find that your fans are following you across both or are they two different groups of readers?
Actually, I think most of my really die-hard fans love both genres. I do also. I’m sure there are some who only read the contemporary or the paranormal, though.
Who are some of your favorite vampire romance authors out there, indie or traditional?
There are many. My favorite trilogy by Nora Roberts, the Circle Trilogy, is what sparked the desire to write way back when, but I was afraid to write vampire back then because I thought there were too many. I’m glad I decided to pursue now though because I really enjoy these guys.
Okay, last but not least—and hide this question from the hubby! Who’s your favorite vampire man-candy: Lestat, Angel, or someone else? 🙂
Actually, Lane from Rocked by a Vampire is my favorite in my mind and on my cover, LOL. But, if you want me pick a more famous vamp, I’d have to say Vishous, from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Or if you must have an actor, then it would be Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore.
Great choices! I love it when author’s in love with her own characters, too. Good luck on the launch and thanks once again!
Thank you so much. And thank you for the wonderful interview!