Wanna Be A  Vampire?                                       

"Nice girls don't bite. Unless they are me. Life as a vampire isn't the smooth ride I expected. Except for the friendly guy, my disasters go from bad to unreal."

Sometimes there is only one career choice available. When it comes without training or instructions, that sucks.

*I am as surprised as anyone to find myself writing a series about a vampire. So just for fun, I will toss in a blog I did  for VampChix, a site dedicated to readers and fans. 
- Phoebe

My First Vampire Encounter
When I was VERY small, maybe eight years old, and completely under the domination of my ten year old sister, we spent a summer with our grandmother. My sister, who was a good prevaricator, learned in self-defense because we had a couple of older sisters, told my grandmother there was a nice children's movie at the theater four blocks from my grandmother's house. As it was warm midsummer in a small Minnesota town where no one worried about children being out after dark, plus my grandmother really did not like movies, she gave us the money and sent us off with instructions to come directly home afterwards. Four blocks. We'd be home in ten minutes, easy.
The prevarication was about the movie. Like my grandmother, I trusted my sister. I presumed we were going to see a Disney movie.

Huh uh. It was an old black and white film about a vampire, probably Dracula. As we watched wide-eyed, the coffin lid creaked open, the person opening it leaned over to peer at the ghastly white corpse and aaaaagh! A hand shot up and grabbed the man and then the corpse sat up and I spent the rest of the film squished down on the floor between the seats. That was my introduction to vampires, not glamorous at all. And I think it took at least a day and a night to walk the four blocks back to Grandmother's house, me shaking all the way and my sister saying, "Oh stop being a baby." There were also a few death threats in case I was considering tattling.

If anyone had told me then that I would not only grow up to enjoy vampire stories, but would also write them, I would have run off to join a nunnery. Oh wait. I was only eight.

My outlook changed with Dark Shadows. I was older and the vampires were interesting. And then along came Buffy and crew. Slippery slope. Thin edge of the wedge.

A vacation trip to the Olympic peninsula included a visit to Forks and the glittery vampire gift shop. This inspired an idea for a short story about a girl who needs to either become a vampire or die, only somehow that story expanded into a novel which expanded into a series first published by Dark Quest Books. I love writing vampire books and stories.

So I guess, these many years later, I will forgive my sister for that horrendous walk home through the dark and haunted streets. Actually, I don't think we walked. I think we ran all the way.   Screaming.


Review for Vampire Career:

5 stars, by Brenda C. for ReadersFavorite.com
I loved this story... really held me from the first pages!...uniquely different from other vampire tales...twist at the end, with the vampire hunters, was great...This is a fantastic book that will appeal to teens and adults alike!

And from a kind reader, this note:
"Ms Matthews, I had to tell you I read Valentine Vampire and loved it so much that on Friday at 3am I purchased Vampire Career and didn't sleep the rest of the night...
. They are both wonderful books. I love the clever endings. Thanks for enjoyable read!
Tawn S" 

Short stories about the vampires in this series include
Handsome Harold, Valentine Vampire, and Retired Vampire. 
They are usually available on Amazon, Apple, Kobo, and a few other sites.