Pixie Storm is a writer from the north of England who wrote her first story at thirteen. She takes inspiration from the world around her and was a bookworm as soon as she learned to read. Writing, like reading, isn’t optional for her, but a must.
Q: Seducing the Vampire’s Pet takes place in a gritty, dangerous world where love among vampires and humans seems to be an exception to the rule. Both Severin, the vampire hero, and Nikolaus, his human mate, both doubt their feelings for each other at some point in the novel, but in the end their love is undeniable. What surprised you most about their relationship as you were writing this book? What do you think constitutes a love worth risking it all for?
A: What surprised me is as I went along, I realised Severin and Nikolaus had not been sexually involved before they had fallen in love. That came naturally to the story and I thought that it worked well. A love worth risking it all for is that rare thing—living and breathing the other person, as my characters do.
Q: Vampires are a sexy mainstay of the paranormal romance genre. What made you want to add your own twist to these familiar figures?
A: I’ve been fascinated by vampires since I saw Bela Lugosi play the ultimate Dracula on late-night TV when I was ten. In every book I’ve read, every author places their own twist on the myths such as whether vampires cast reflections and if they can go out in daylight or not. Whenever I write vampires I try to come up with something that hasn’t been done before, which is hard.
Q: Sometimes in the paranormal genre, the difference between heroes and villains is blurrier than in traditional romance. Sometimes reformed villains can make incredibly compelling heroes, especially if love helps them to overcome their past. Do you have a spot soft for any of the villains in your stories? Are there any that you would like to see have an HEA someday in the future?
A: I do have a soft spot for Emil although he is possibly beyond redemption.
Q: Which character do you like writing more: the protagonist or the villain? Why?
A: The villain! I’ve watched too many horror films.
Q: Are there any paranormal authors you particularly admire and what about their books strikes you? Their characters? The worlds they create?
A: My favourite vampire author is Freda Warrington. She created a whole new twist on vampires back before they were sexy. She’s the ultimate queen of vampires for me.
Q: Tell us about your writing routine.
A: I usually have to write during the day as I don’t seem to be as creative at night but I don’t like getting up early. I’ll try my hardest not to re-read everything I’ve written the day before because it eats into my time too much. Anything over a thousand words a day is a bonus but when I’m in the zone I’ve done twelve thousand a day before now. I finish a first draft and then I’ll go back through it with a fine-tooth comb adding any research I needed to do along the way. Sometimes my cat walks on the laptop and contributes.
Q: What do you do to relax or get the creative juices flowing when you are struggling to meet your writing goals or deadlines?
A: It’s a cliché, but it’s a glass of wine. Only after midday though.
Q: Even in today’s world, men who are romantically involved with each other can face discrimination, violence, and bullying. What are some conflicts your heroes have faced, and how did they overcome these obstacles?
A: In the past I explored a theme that involved the rape of a hero by school bullies. In the end, the mentally scarred hero sought solace with someone from his past who healed him.
Q: If you could be any of your characters, who would it be and why?
A: Probably Emil because he doesn’t have to answer to anyone.
Q: What person, record, and book would you take with you to a desert island?
A: I would take Kiefer Sutherland, any album by Papa Roach, and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.