FAQs on BOOKS
(And Other Stuff!)
Chances are someone else
asked your question first...check and see!
do we see the next Jack Fleming book??
As soon as I have the time to write and edit it. Not
to worry, more are on the way!
you hate fanfic?
I don't! Details
can I get the rest of your books?
Amazon has a number of used copies that come
up for sale all the time, with varying price ranges.
There are also used
stores, and you can ask the library to do an InterLibrary
search for you. It�s free! That way you can at least read the story
until you get your own copy.
can collect them from eBay. Make sure the book's not from a
smoking household if you are allergic. Make sure they show a
picture of the cover or you could get a mangled copy.
are the hard covers of the Vampire Files?
Sorry, there are none to be had for the first
six. They were
always in mass market paperback.
Ace has released all 12 books in trade
paperbacks, Vols 1-5.
Are you going to write any more books
Yes. I'm working
on Quincey Morris and the West End Ripper.
Why don't you make a movie of the Vampire
I WISH!!! Sorry
gang, but a lowly scribbler of novels has NO control over whether any of
her books ever makes it to the screen.
If I had my druthers, there would have been a Jack Fleming movie out in
1990! (Along with action figures, comic books, T-shirts, a
clothing line, and a spin-off TV series, and I would have a MOST
different life than the one I've got at present!)
The reality is
Hollywood calls you; it's hardly ever the other way around. If some
producer wants to make a film of any of my stuff, he will go through my
agent, who will let me know what's going on.
I have a partial
screenplay of Bloodlist in the works, doing it on spec, which means my
agent sends it around to see if anyone is interested in optioning it, but
novel writing takes up most of my time. Trust me--if any of my books
makes it to the screen, you'll HEAR about it! For now, it is out of
If they made a Vampire Files movie, who would
I think Vincent Ventresca (The Invisible
Man) would be the perfect Jack Fleming. He�s long and lanky and
can go psychotic on an instant�s notice; what an actor! I adore the man!
ideal pick to play Jack Fleming.
I have rather fancied Anthony Stewart Head (Giles on
Vampire Slayer) for that part. He�s a marvelous actor. Yes, I adore
him, too! On the other hand he doesn't have Escott's big honker of a
nose. I'd always visualized Basil Rathbone in the
But lately it's been Steve
Valentine from Crossing Jordan. He's just got certain
qualities, both physically and in his acting style that would totally
work for Escott. Of course if they set the film in the 1930s he'd
have to cut all that nice hair!
Steve Valentine--Pat thinks he'd make a
very sexy Escott.
How did you get to be a
I read everything I could about everything.
You have to do the homework. Get to the 808 section of the library
and read all the books that tell you how to write a book. It will
keep you from re-inventing the wheel. Even Mozart took piano
lessons from his dad before starting to write music.
Then after 10 years of scribbling I finally finished something, sent it
in, and kept sending it until it sold. You have to be really,
really stubborn and keep trying. Just pick up a pen and go to
work. FAQs Writing.
Will you write any more Jonathan Barrett
If there's world enough and time.
Jonathan does play a substantial role in The Devil You Know, and
may reappear in future Vampire Files.
Now there's more Barrett for your buck! I
did rewrites of the novels and added in more pages of stuff as part of
my "final polish" process. This is not material edited out by Ace in the original edition, but all
new stuff. There were areas in the books where more detail was
called for, so I filled in a few areas, smoothing things out.
Will Jack and Bobbi ever get
You�ll have to ask
Are you married?
I was, but got over it.
Do you always cast actors as characters in your
Sometimes, but not always. It helps me get a
handle on them, but often a character jumps full-blown into my head and
boots me into writing. I�ve a few of those on the back burner waiting to
appear in books. Mind you, I don�t steal any other writer�s
character�not consciously! When I "cast" someone I look on it like
seeing an actor playing a different part, an inspiration thing. In Art in the Blood if you were looking for Alex Adrian to be a
clone of Avon from Blakes 7, you�d be disappointed. I was
"seeing" how Paul Darrow, the actor who played Avon, would play
the part of Adrian. And it worked! Same thing for those times when I�ve
visualized Basil Rathbone as playing a character in a story. I�d try to
imagine how he would do a scene. It makes the characters marvelously
independent of me! When they act all on their own away from MY ideas, I
know it�s gonna fly and fly high.
Will you write any more I, Strahd
No. Wizards of the Coast owned that character
and they�ve cut their Ravenloft line. It will likely
always be the 2 novels and the short story in the Tales of
Ravenloft anthology. We had some artistic differences, enough so I
know I am not fond of work-for-hire writing. (That�s any book written in
someone else�s universe, like Star Wars or Star Trek. You
have no control over it and the publisher can mangle your story all they
like. Ouch!) It�s too bad, cause I REALLY loved the Strahd character; it
was such fun to play a bad guy. But I expect bits of him will be back as
characters in other novels using a different
Hasbro, which now owns the series,
reprinted I, Strahd for another generation which may have missed it.
It's out of print now.
What scares you?
The evening news and drivers on cell
phones. Pedestrians on cells, too. They never watch
where they're walking, which is usually in front of my car. D'oh!
Do you like Buffy?
YES!!!! And Angel. Amazing characters!
Rupert Giles -- I WANT you, please go to the "Contact Page"
and make contact. We can be stardust!
What are your favorite shows?
SG-1 (I've totally geeked out over this one, gang) there are
others, and you can ask me that if you're buying the beer.
General O'Neill, you are ordered to join
me in the hot tub. I have beer and pizza.
What are your favorite books?
(No self-esteem problems here,
sport. Move along.)
Do you drink blood?
Oh, gimme a break. And pass the
Guinness or a nice cold root beer.
Do YOU believe in vampires?
Oh, yes, absolutely! (Wink-wink,
Of course, I�ll have to eat those words if Dracula shows
up on my doorstep.
if he�s got a pizza, a six-pack, and looks like
Richard Dean Anderson he won�t know what hit him!
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