Tuesday, April 19, 2011

PR Special Edition (31): Lisa Basso Interview!

Poisoned Rationality Special  Edition

Welcome to another Poisoned Rationality Special Edition!   Today we have Lisa Basso, author of the short stories "Blood Bonds" and "Blood Under the Mistletoe

***Please note "Blood Bonds" is part of an anthology called Dark Pleasures***

Synopsis: Andrea McCarthy is a young vampire, still clinging to humanity, forced to fend—and learn—for herself. That is until she runs into Anthony Smith, a sexy vamp with a mystery all his own. Will Andrea's humanity slip away while she struggles to trust Smith, find answers, and break the blood bonds that bind them?
First the most obvious, how did you come upon Anthony and Andrea's story?  Did any certain elements sort of leap out at you first or did you go into the story with a focused idea?
I knew a few things before I started. Vampires. I wanted to write vampires (I mean, who doesn't, right?). I also knew I wanted a kick-ass female, who I named after my best friend. I put those elements together and almost instantly I saw a girl crouched on a roof, looking down on her next meal. And the opening scene was born. The story came me in pieces after that. The only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted certain elements and locations involved, so I made notes on those and let the story flow.
The story handles child predators and abuse in a careful, but deliberate manner.  The scene with the rides was particularly unsettling, but you didn't use it explotatively.  When crafting the villain's character did you think 'this is the kind of person they are'?
After I wrote this particular scene, I went back over it several times. I wanted to tell myself, "You can't use this!" But I couldn't let it go. I played it over and over in my mind. In desperate need of clarity, I opened a separate Word doc and explored the villain, Rodert's, journey. This is where he really came to life, showing me all kinds of things I didn't want to see. So, did I know 'this is who he is'? No. Not up front, but he sure proved me wrong.
Andrea tried to feed only on the lowest scum's blood in order to survive, making her vigilante of justice of sorts or in other words a hero (its what Batman does right?).  What kind of name do you think she'd choose for herself?
Love this! Okay, so Batman + Andrea = *calculating* ... maybe, The Scum Sucker? But that sounds kind of gross. Really, Andrea didn't see herself as anything close to a hero, so I don't think she'd choose advertise. But if I could pick a name for her, she'd be The Night Huntress. Supervillains and scum of the earth beware!
In your vampire mythos, does being turned into a vampire change anything else about a person?  Do they lose their soul or have their innermost self unleashed?
When creating this specific vampire underworld, I wanted being turned to resound with people who may never have connected emotionally with vampires before, and to really pull in those readers who, like me, have loved them for years. In turning, inhibitions dissolve. The souls follow only if they let their hunger take them over. I wanted to rip away something largely human from the turnee and replace it with a hunger so all-consuming that it could almost instantly redefine the person entirely. But this didn't happen with Andrea. She was stronger, fiercely determined to cling to her humanity. In the end, hunger moves my vampires, but it doesn't define them.
Anthony is surprised when the villain's nature and identity is ultimately revealed.  In fact the villain blames Anthony for the current circumstances he's in.  Do you think this is a fair assessment?
This is a tough one. I think that it is easier to look for someone to blame than turn to that microscope in on ourselves. I also believe Rodert is a sociopath who has had lifetimes to stew. The man wasn't a good egg when his heart beat, so in death, he became free to explore his darker side. Do I think Anthony was responsible for setting Rodert on his path? No. Anthony asked his friend, someone he thought he could trust, to do something huge for him, something he would later come to regret.
Quick Q's

Cake or pie?
Both :) (evil!)
Favorite Vampire? Anne Rice's Lestat *swoon* (true!)
Favorite Color? That purplish blue between sunset and starry sky
Best time of day to get work done? In the morning, when everything is quiet and the coffee is flowing

This has been so much fun! Thank you so much, Lexie. Thank you so much for coming by Lisa!!


Want to know more?  Check out Lisa's blog The Journal of an Aspiring Writer and check out my review of her story "Blood Bonds" in the anthology Dark Pleasures later this week!


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