Before I get to the motivation behind Being Human, I just wanted to say I got an email about Vampire Books for Blood and over $3300 was raised for the American Red Cross and Canadian Blood Services! Way to go everyone! =D
Now, let's talk about vampires... some more.
I'm pretty sure I've talked about what inspired me to write Being Human. I had read Thirsty by MT Anderson and the ending was depressing, but that stuck with me and eventually led to the creation of Tommy.
What you may not know is Twilight had a little influence there as well. Around the time I came up with the idea Twilight was big and I was a fan. I was reading every vampire book I could get my hands on and discovered Kerrelyn Sparks. The thing that kept bugging me about these books was that, while I devoured them, I was starting to miss the vampire that was a bad guy. Sure there were bad guy vampires, but we never got to see into their heads much. We were stuck in the good guy vampires and they were emo and never happy about the fact they were undead, had to drink blood, and generally rich.
What I really wanted was a vampire unapologetic about drinking blood.
It's why Tommy is the way he is. He doesn't shy from being a vampire and understands blood is how he survives. He knows he's the predator and humans are the prey and prey don't always survive the predator. It doesn't leave him moping about it or wishing he was human again. The most he does is wish humans understood vampires were just trying to survive and that he loves his family the same. All this created a unique vampire and I've been told my vampires are different from others.
That was what I was craving in a vampire story. Yes, I love the good guy vampire fighting his instinct to drink blood and getting the girl. But I also wanted to see more. A vampire who, in his own way, was quite human in he was just trying to live his life and that involved drinking blood and killing humans.
For Tommy, there is only one thing he needs to do: survive.
Only surviving isn't that easy. The hunt for blood can be tricky when humans know to fear the night. Desire sits on the edge of his mind, urging him to become the monster humans think he is. Vampire Forces, a special branch of police, is determined to turn every vampire to ash. Tommy included.
The only human Tommy can trust is his twin brother. A bond connects them, and with Danny's help, Tommy starts to understand the human world he struggles to survive in. He'll learn what friendships means and feel the sting of betrayal, find that sometimes the worst monsters are very human, and come to understand that family means more than blood.
Tommy just wants to survive and he knows what he needs to do. But with the number of humans that mean more to him than a meal growing, Tommy learns there's more to life than simple survival. He'll discover being human doesn't mean being a human.
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