Local Denver author, Lynda Hilburn, pours ice into your veins as she heats up the bloodsucking romance with her Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series: The Vampire Shrink and Dark Harvest, both from Medallion Press. A third book is on the way.
Hilburn explained her work. “Festering, cadaverous, hygiene-challenged bloodsuckers who crawl out of graves to steal your children? Hideous, terrifying, long-fingered, dark visions from your worst nightmare? Walking corpses? Not even close.
“That was when men ruled the horror landscape. But no more. Now, women have taken over and a new genre of fiction featuring gorgeous, sensuous, sexual, romantic, bad boys of the night. What's the name of this enticing category? Vampire Romance.”
Hilburn is a Boulder licensed psychotherapist who works with, in her words, a non-traditional, unusual clientele, so you could site her as an expert. After years of writing non-fiction, a real-life client session inspired her leap into fiction and she created the Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series.
So why do women love vampires ? Hilburn answered, “Vampires are the quintessential bad boys of the preternatural universe. They don't follow any human rules or laws. Imagine James Dean with fangs. Or, Captain Jack Sparrow rising from his coffin. They're examples of extraordinary men.”
Hilburn said, "A client session with a young woman who spoke about being a member of a non-human species made me consider what it would be like to counsel vampires. I wondered what would happen if I walked into my waiting room and found a gorgeous vampire sitting there. That night I went home and began typing. Since my psychologist heroine is a thinly disguised version of myself, the words flowed easily."
Her advice for new authors? “Take the time necessary to learn your craft, and keep writing. It can be a challenge to hold onto your unique voice while fine-tuning your writing skills, but it's worth it. Writing requires courage. Publishing can be a harsh business.”
Hilburn has a tiny erotic-romance short story that she gives away for free on her website:
And her blog can be found here:
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