Okay, we’ve already established that I have a huge soft spot for vampires and LOVE a good vamp series. So, it’s with great pleasure that I introduce today’s special guest, Lynda Hilburn. Her Kismet Knight series combines steamy romance, dry humour, and a fascinating look at the dark paranormal underground–all through the eyes of a psychologist. And, yeah, since she’s often gazing at ubervamp Devereux, I don’t mind the view at all.
For a taste of the series, the second book has a really fun trailer here.
And if that isn’t enough of a treat, leave a comment today, and win a copy of your choice of The Vampire Shrink or Dark Harvest!
Your “vampire shrink” novels feature Kismet Knight, a psychologist. How does your own life experience tie into these books?
My main character, Psychologist Kismet Knight, is an idealized version of me. She’s younger, prettier, thinner and having LOTS more fun with all the great men she encounters in the dark world she discovers. I get to live vicariously through her. I’m still hoping I’ll find a gorgeous vampire sitting in my waiting room one evening.
The supernatural world you build for these books is very unique. Would you share a little bit about that?
In my books, the hidden world of the vampires exists alongside the everyday, contemporary world we humans know. I wanted to make the books as realistic as possible, so the only truly fictional/fantasy characters are the vampires. All the other characters (ghosts, psychics, witches, wizards) inhabit the “real” world I’m familiar with. Because I wanted to retain a sense of mystery and an edge of fear about the bloodsuckers in Kismet’s life, they’re separate from the mortals they feed upon (vampires don’t need to kill the humans they drink from, but some choose to). Humans might be able to sense their presence in an unconscious way – the same instinctual reactions triggered by any predator – but Kismet’s clients haven’t “come out of the coffin.” My vampires don’t feel bad or shameful about being the undead. They enjoy drinking blood and, since it isn’t easy to become a vampire, many of them feel superior to mortals. Being shadowy creatures of the night, my vampires can’t go out in the sunlight, but they do have reflections in mirrors and they aren’t affected by religion or religious objects in any way. Many of them have used their long lives to gain wisdom and knowledge of all kinds. I have a strong interest in higher consciousness topics and the metaphysical, so my vampires can use their minds to control and mesmerize, and since they don’t share human limiting beliefs about the nature of time and space, they can move through both freely.
How does your hero, Devereux, fit into this world?
Devereux is one of the oldest vampires on Earth. His ancestry consists of wizards, witches and seers, so he brought a lot of skills, abilities and talents to the table (to the coffin? LOL) when he became a vampire 800 years ago. He’s a powerful leader in the parallel world of the undead, and for most of his existence he has preferred the past to the present – which is why he uses antiquated words and has a humorous grasp of contemporary English. He owns a huge club in downtown Denver called The Crypt (based on a real club called The Church), and humans mingle freely there, unaware that the individuals serving those bloody Marys really are what they appear to be. Devereux has visions, and he’s been waiting for a particular human woman with long dark hair and blue eyes for centuries. Now if he would only tell her why . . .
What is it about Kismet that attracts the attention of the vampires?
Kismet has special meaning to Devereux, a powerful leader in the hidden vampire world. Most of the bloodsuckers have no idea why this human woman is significant, they just know not to cross Devereux.
What’s upcoming from the pen of Lynda Hilburn?
I’m working on the third book in the Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series as well as expanding a separate vampire novella into a novel, and brainstorming an outline for a story about a couple of psychics who live in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado.
Where can we find you on the web?
If you had a vampire show up at your doorstep asking for a romantic encounter, what would he bring as a gift, and what would be the PG13 part of his evening plans?
This is my favorite fantasy! Every time I open my office door, there’s a brief moment of hope that a mysterious stranger will be there, smiling with a hint of fangs! He’d be very much like Devereux – gorgeous and shimmering with power. He’d know about my love of antique necklaces, so he’d gift me with one that matches my eyes. Then he’d whisk me off to London (in the blink of an eye) to a private club in a castle, where we’d dance until dawn. Okay. Now I won’t be able to get that out of my brain . . . Kismet will have to live that experience for me.