Alex Bledsoe - Blood Groove author
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Author Alex Bledsoe grew up in Tennessee just an hour north of Memphis. He is a stay at home dad and has been a reporter, editor, photographer and a door to door vacuum cleaner salesman. Although he now lives in Wisconsin, his vampire novel Blood Groove resurrects his Memphis roots. If you love all things vampire, read Blood Groove and its soon to be released sequel, The Girls with Games of Blood.
Find out more about Alex and his novels at www.alexbledsoe.com .
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Bledsoe and asking him about his vampire novels and this is what he had to say.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in west Tennessee, in a tiny town called Gibson located between Humboldt and Milan. I went to school at UT-Martin. My first novel came out in 2007, although I'd written and sold many short stories prior to that. My first vampire novel, "Blood Groove," was published in 2009.
What is Blood Groove about?
It's about Baron Rudolfo Zginski, a Continental vampire who's staked in 1915 Wales and resurrects in 1975 Memphis. The book also deals with race and gender issues of its time, as manifested in both the humans and vampires.
As he attempts to acclimate to his new time, Zginski meets a group of "young" vampires, all turned since his staking, who know about their vampire natures only from what they've seen in the movies. For example, they believe sunlight will destroy them, while Zginski knows they can endure it with only a weakening of their powers.
At the same time, these "young" vampires are dying from the effects of a gray powder that kills their desire for blood and thus causes them to starve to death. The source of this powder may have a connection to the person who staked Zginski. There's also a young female coroner trying to track down the powder, since she's perplexed by the condition of its first fatality.
I hear there is a sequel to Blood Groove. Can you tell us anything about that?
The sequel, "The Girls with Games of Blood," is set shortly after the events of the first novel. I can't tell you much about it without spoiling the first book. :-)
When did you begin writing?
The earliest writing I remember was turning Batman comic book stories into prose on my dad's old manual typewriter, that was otherwise only used to type up minutes from the church elders meetings. My first publication was a review of "Star Wars" in a small-town paper when I was 14.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first novel, "The Sword-Edged Blonde," was an idea I nursed from high school until 2007 when the book finally came out. There were two initial inspirations: the Fleetwood Mac song "Rhiannon," and a desire to impress a new, beautiful teacher with my masculine sensitivity. She was finally impressed, when the book came out and was dedicated to her.
What are your current projects?
Right now I'm polishing my third Eddie LaCrosse novel, "Dark Jenny," and doing research for book four. I'm also working on a handful of spec ideas in genres I haven't yet tackled.
Are there any authors that have grasped your interest?
Ekaterina Sedia is a Russian-born fantasy writer whose books, especially "The Alchemy of Stone," are brilliant, moving pieces of modern folklore. Tobias Buckell ("Ragamuffin," "Sly Mongoose") writes science fiction with a Caribbean tone, something I don't think anyone else is doing. I just finished Alaya Johnson's delightful novel "Moonshine," about a vampire suffragette in Depression-era New York.
What are you reading right now?
A biography of Blackbeard by Angus Konstam, and the YA novel "Joe Rat" by Mark Barratt.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read your work aloud to yourself. You will instantly find out where your rhythms are off, and what sentences just don't work.
In your opinion, should new writers go through the grueling ordeal of rejection in trying to get published, or should they self publish?
I'm at the tail-end of the generation for which self-publishing was an admission of defeat. In the new publishing world order, that's no longer true. I would advise new writers to think seriously about what they want from their writing, and then pick a path that lets them best achieve it.
Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
One big thing: Thanks to you all! It took a long time to find agents, publishers and readers willing to take a shot on my sometimes odd genre combinations, and I can't tell you how much I enjoy hearing from people who "get" what I'm doing.
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