Ah, vampires. What's not to love? Okay, you may not get to have too much fun with them in the daytime, and you may find yourself a bit dizzy after a date, but other than that you'll find many qualities about them to love. You never forget your first vampire love, either. For me, probably for you as well, it was Lestat.
I learned of Lestat through the song "Moon Over Bourbon Street" by Sting. The liner notes read that the song had been inspired by the book Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice. I fell in love with that song the moment I first listened to it, which was the day Sting's first solo album was released. The haunting melody and melancholy lyrics grabbed me by the heart and squeezed tight - you have to remember this was the mid-80s and I had dived headfirst into that all-black, Cure-listening, art house film-watching phase I now dread for my young one. I thought to myself, I need to read that book.
To this day, Interview remains my favorite Anne Rice book. You don't see as much of Lestat there as you do in the sequel, but I find him more appealing in this story. Yes, he's arrogant and haughty, and prone to trouble, but there's a magnetism you can't avoid, and when you want to just throw the book across the room and break up with him forever something pulls you back into his story. Those flashes of human emotion that let you know he isn't entirely stone leave you with some sympathy to offer.
I have written vampire romance - all my vampire stories so far have been M/M genre. Unfortunately, all are currently out of print until I can determine their fate. I do hope my vampires see the light (heh) again, but until then I'll think of Lestat and dream.
If you comment below and tell me your favorite vampire romance, I'll pick one winner for a $10 gift card to either ARe, Amazon, or B&N. Good luck!