For the past five years, I've been devoting nearly every moment of my spare time
to writing a vampire fantasy/romance novel--originally out of fascination, though I'd like it if I could get published. It's targeted to a sort of in-beteweeny market, for people who don't read young adult novels like the Twilight books by Stephenie Meyer, yet still don't quite feel like taking the plunge with hard-core material like the Anita Blake series by L. K. Hamilton.
I was just wondering, since you have the inside scoop on all this goodness: Is the market looking for more novels like those (as well as all the ones in the middle) or is it just getting started? I know that Anne Rice's fans have been around for decades, but it seems like the pattern has changed a bit--more mainstream and less literary than before. I'm seeing vampires in the newspaper more and more often...is it a fad or a new era?
I think vampires are one of those areas that ebb and flow. I remember when L.K. Hamilton was just starting out and no one imagined where she would end up. Now that I see a terrible vampire series on TV, I wonder if it might not mark the beginning of the end. Yes, editors still ask me about them, and yes, they will continue to be a romance/erotic sub-genre, but I don't know that the world is looking for "yet another." But if you have great characters and good writing, you'll usually find that's enough, vampires included or not.