Sometimes blog posts get lost in space somewhere, or at least in the drafts section. I just found this little gem hiding there and had to share it even though I originally wrote it a year ago. Since I haven't released the next book in this series yet, he is still my latest vampire, so enjoy...
Alexander Mitchell, the sexy vampire in my latest novel, Longing for Surrender, was inspired by another sexy vampire. When I first watched Alex O'Loughlin as the vampire private detective, Mick St. John, I was hooked immediately. Alex's portrayal of Mick was so powerful and emotional, and sexy as hell, that I couldn't help but fall for Mick.
My vampire, Alex, was created long before my Nocturnal Surrender Series. I tried to infuse him with many of the characteristics, and all the good looks, that Mick possessed. I also wanted to take him further than Mick and give him a harder edge. Mick had rules about innocents, Alex doesn't. Yes, Alex tries to avoid taking innocent lives—mostly because of the horrific experience he had during his first killls—but he will do so if necessary. Mick could be a lethal predatory when needed, but Alex is even more so.
Initially, my Alex was meant for a vampire novel along the lines of the Anne Rice books, but I quickly realized my true love when writing was with romance, specifically, erotic romance. So he went from being a badass that had to save the entire world to a badass that had to save his entire species - and find love along the way by taming his feisty coworker, Olivia Fournier.
But don't take my work for it. Here's a quote from the book with Olivia's take on Alex.
He was no good for her. She could lose herself in a man like him. She had seen him hunt and fight. Seen him prowl the night, calm and serene until the time came to take down his target. Then the vampire emerged and the merciless killer took over, though he remained eerily calm.
A man like that—a vampire like that—had to be full of passion. Any woman would be unable to resist such a force of nature.
She would lose everything she had worked for if she allowed him in. She might even lose her heart again.
There was no way she could allow that.
I don't know about you, but it sounds like Olivia is going to have her hands full with Alex. He may just crack her hardened heart. I can't say he will melt it. She would never allow that, but he could definitely shake her entire world. I mean, look at him. Who wouldn't have a hard time staying away from him?
I know I'd let him have my neck any time he wanted. What about you? Leave a comment and let me know what vampire you would let bite you.
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