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Why Vampires?

Guest Post From Sara Dobie Bauer (BITE SOMEBODY Author and Vampire Fangirl)

Short answer: Because Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore.

Long answer: It began a long, long time ago when a sixth grader found a book called Interview with a Vampire and thought, Wow, I hope my parents don’t find out I’m reading this. The reading continued for many years, bridging the gap of Dracula to Twilight to Christopher Buehlman’s Lesser Dead and the recent reemergence of ain’t-nothing-sexy-about-these-monsters.

I eventually made the leap from reading about vampires to writing about them. I penned a short story called Forever Dead and self published it as a stand-alone. Forever Dead is about a vampire falling in lust/love with a vampire hunter. I know, robbing from Romeo and Juliet, right? But Forever Dead is about two men and it reads like a classic film noir detective movie … plus comedy … and sex. Lots of sex.

I stumbled into writing comedy, you see. I always thought I was kind of a funny person, what with how I made people laugh—but were they laughing at my jokes or my awkwardness in social situations? No matter, I was funny, damn it, and also fixated on vampires, which was how my novel, Bite Somebody, was born, about an awkward, newbie vamp in love with the smell of her surfer boy neighbor.

So why vampires, you ask? As Bite Somebody can attest, vampires are not always sexy—but they’re usually very sexy. Maybe I’m just kinky (or I like my men pale. Case in point: Benedict Cumberbatch), but there’s something irresistible about a bad boy WITH FANGS. I mean, that takes leather jacket and motorcycle riding to a whole new level, right? Vampires are charismatic and badass. We all want that level of confident suave, don’t we? I mean, I do.

Also, I guess, there’s the idea that you could live forever with the guy of your dreams. Granted, I don’t want to live forever, but there’s something very sexy and comforting about the theory of spending several lifetimes with someone you love and watching the world change around you. Our era might not be the most romantic or optimistic time to be immortal, but just picture Venice back in the day and, like, young Antonio Banderas on your arm, m’kay?

I’d like to have super strength and speed, too, probably because I’m klutzy, and I get tired of running into walls. So that’s why vampires. Happy Halloween, you ghouls!

About the Author

Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she’d really like to live in a Tim Burton film. She is the author of the paranormal rom-com Bite Somebody, among other ridiculously entertaining things. Read more at http://SaraDobieBauer.com.

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