Sunday, November 10, 2013

My Unsettling Interview with Count Lucien Dupont

Bee
When did you know writing was your passion? 

Lucien
There’s a scratching at the window. Bee sees a ghostly face leering at her. At first she is scared, but then remembers I am a vampire come for an interview. She lets me in. 
“Hello Bee, I am Count Lucien Dupont.” 
Bee looks a little ruffled. 
“I won’t bite if I have a glass of red wine.” 
Bee fetches some wine.

Bee
Uhhh...Do you write full time?

Lucien
When I have the time I might pen a word or two, but being a vampire really presses me. There’s so much to do and so little time before night caresses my soul.

Bee
I've never interviewed a Vampire before and I'm a little nervous. Let's try to stick to the area of books.
How many books have you published?

Lucien
I have lived a thousand lifetimes and can only confess to three books thus far. I am more at home musing others to greatness such as De Sade and Poe.

Bee
What advice do you have for new authors?

Lucien
You can’t write and be a vampire. Try getting a day job to pay for all those pesky expenses, computers, editing, marketing, and do have an established following on social media. Big sigh. Oh and never give up - look at me, it took thousands of years to get where I am today.

Bee
Are you self published? Do you have a literary agent?  

Lucien
My Gothic Luna Series is self published as I doubt a publisher would understand both books are basically my journals. No one believes I am real. But look, I do have a reflection. As for most agents, well it’s best I don’t get into bed with them - some are vampires and they’ve been sucking the blood from writers almost as long as I have.

Bee
Yes, I can see your reflection. According to all the movies, Vamps don't have a relection. I can see you're not the average Vampire. Let's continue.
What genres do you read/write?

Lucien
I’ll read anything that takes my fancy, Bee. As I am a supernatural creature I tend to stick in that genre like fangs in a blood clot.

Bee
Oh my...Do you have any events coming up?

Lucien
Halloween is due and that’s my busiest time of year, especially this one as it’s my Lunatics Blog Tour kick off. Can’t wait to bite all my new blogging friends. Hiss.

Bee
How do you come up with your book ideas?

Lucien
My Luna Series is all about my life, scary as it may sound, that’s the gist of it. As for ideas, well they come from the realm of darkness where my dreams run rampant and unchecked.

Bee
I can only imagine. (nervous smile)
Is there a message you try to relate through your writing?

Lucien
Don’t do this at home.

Bee
Who is your favorite character from one of your novels and why?

Lucien
Mememememememe - Count Lucien Dupont is a ruthless savage vampire out to get his eternal blood. I failed back in 1925, but here I am for another shot.
Can’t keep a good vampire down.

Bee
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Lucien
Back in Paris where I belong amongst the nightlife and a never-ending supply of blood vintage.

Bee
Do you think we will ever have a female president? 

Lucien
Yeah, whoever has the highest twitter following, probably Lady Gaga.

Bee

Now, that was funny. I didn't think Vampires has a sense of humor. What kind of music do you listen to?

Lucien
Gothic!

Bee
How old are you?

Lucien
I’m as old as the wind across the desert, when we could see the stars without pollution before the Pyramids were built in my honour.

Bee
Inspired more by Beyonce or Oprah?

Lucien
I am my own inspiration.

Bee
Steak or Hamburger? Why?

Lucien
When I’m on a date then raw steak will have to do until dessert.

Bee

Oh my (A chill goes down my spine but I shake it off, determined to finish this interview and not run out screaming)
What is your writing process like?

Lucien
Haphazard, confusing and disjointed.

Bee
Movies at home or at the theater? Why?

Lucien
Back in the good old days when talking movies were a thing of the future I loved to partake of a vintage in the back seat. These days I can’t abide the volume so I have to resort to a drop of blood or two back home in front of the boob tube. How sad.

Bee
If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing?  

Lucien
Drinking more blood.

Bee
(Okay, that's it. Time to wrap this up.)
Do you believe in ghost? Why or Why not? 

Lucien
I am a supernatural being and see those bloody things all the time. Very disconcerting I must say when driving.

Bee
What is your book about?

Lucien
Me and my tumultuous struggle we call life!

Bee
What should readers expect when they read your book? 

Lucien
Something completely different, unusual, thought-provoking and not normal vampire musings.

Bee
What would you tell your younger self?

Lucien
How far back do you want me to go? Sleeping in a coffin isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The times I’ve struggled to get out with stiff joints, well more times than I’ve had hot dinners - no that’s wrong, I haven’t had any hot dinners except that blonde last night.

Bee (I'm standing with purse in hand now. My palms are sweating and I'm eyeing the door of the night lounge we've chosen to meet at. Is he going to let me leave? Is he hungry right now! Calm down)
Lucien, it was...a pleasure speaking with you. I won't be inviting you over to my home any time soon (I laugh nervously, as does Lucien) but I wish you all the best. Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.

Bee L. Kirk, Author of City of the Guardians
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