Today we have with us, Elizabeth Loraine, the author of the Royal Blood Chronicles. The Royal Blood Chronicles tell the story of Katrina and her sisters, the Protectors as she chronicles the journeys of Katrina, a young royal blooded vampire and the chosen leader of the Five, the protectors of all races- witches, elves, and mush much more. There is evil all around them and she is called upon to save us all.
LVE:How did you come about writing vampire books?
Elizabeth: I really decided on vampires because I love them, I always have. From Bell Lugosi to Bella Swan, but after reading most what’s out there I got bored. I wanted to know more than the modern high school vampire books were offering me.
What had these long lived vampires been doing? What had they seen throughout history and how had it changed the way they saw the world around them. This was a niche I thought I could fill. Something different – a new vampire series, filled with a different Vampire. Vampires as a race, are not the usual undead, soulless beings. They’ve seen it all and found a way to not only survive, but thrive. Hiding in plain sight! And Royal Blood Chronicles was born. This series follows the Royal Blooded old world vampires trying to make the transition to the new world.
LVE:Are these the first books that you have written? Tell us how you felt after completing the first books
Elizabeth: They are the first thing I’ve ever written and I’m so proud of them. I didn’t tell anyone that I was writing, not even my family. They were all shocked. My sister tells it this way “I came over one day and she just said – I wrote a book and I want you to read it!” I knew she would tell me the truth, if I was awful she would tell me. But she loved it as did almost everyone that I tested it on, so I moved forward.
LVE:Where did you get the idea for the RBC?
Elizabeth: The idea for Royal Blood Chronicles came out of what I was looking for as a vampire reader and couldn’t find. Strong female characters. No damsels in distress, tough, strong yet feminine characters. Beautiful women with a killer instinct and willing to fight for what they believed in. Women who chose men that complemented them not dominated them.
LVE:Which character do you identify the most with?
Elizabeth: Katrina, of course. My heritage is German so of course that’s where we started. The love of horses is mine as well as my love for everything mystical and the wildness of the western US.
LVE:Where do you see you going with the series? There is a fourth; will there be a fifth of more?
Elizabeth: I plan to take the Five and the Protectors throughout history to the present time. Getting their unique perspective on it and how it has shaped the vampire world and how the interacted with it. Book four is half way done and book five is in research mode.
LVE:If there are future books, what are their titles?
Elizabeth: Book four starts out following Cain, a character I introduced in book three. Half brother to both Damien, (same mother) and the Dark Prince (same father). I just thought he was so interesting that he deserved time to explore his character. That book is tentatively titled Cain, the Quest. I haven’t decided on the title for book five. I will be set in the time before and possible during WWI.
LVE: What kind of research did you do for the book?
Elizabeth: I did research on vampire lore. Royalty of the countries involved, mapping of the land etc. Then once I start the book I research any idea that comes up along the way, like the masons and Templar Knights.
LVE:Why did you make Kate and Kat sisters or even more so twins?
Elizabeth: Again these things just come to me. It seemed right. I feel like I hear these characters and their story and I am simply writing it down.
LVE: Why do they have human guardians and not the typical werewolves?
Elizabeth: That’s been done. I wanted to have them involved with humans somehow. Who knows more about what to watch for than another human? I like the tension it brings with the friendships, love interests and loyalty between those that usually wouldn’t trust each other.
LVE: Where did the idea for crimson come from?
Elizabeth: Crimson, the name of something red came from the idea that this was an ancient race that has evolved with wizard, elves witches and warlocks along with many other long lived races that help each other to find solutions to save all their races. My sister being the practical one said after reading that we had to explain how without refrigeration the blood product was kept fresh. So crimson was the solution to that problem. I actually have started the process of trade-marking the name Crimson, I think it would be a great name for a wine or energy drink.
LVE: Thank you for stopping by today and I hope that you are enjoying the Royal Blood Chronicle Book Blog Tour. Stop by and try to win a copy of Katrina