I am going to take a moment to address my series, what it's about, and why it's written the way it is. The interview I had recently with Everything Mythology and Amaranthine, as well as some other happenings, got me thinking. And now I'm going to share those thoughts with all of you.
Whether you like the Twilight saga or not, it set off a chain of vampire romance novels, everything from Young Adult romance to some pretty heavy erotica. The current favorites seem to be adult romance with a little bit of erotica, and it seems that's what a lot of people think my books are about.
They're not. The Amaranthine Blood series follows the story of Sanaan (pronounced Suh-NAHN, because I keep getting asked, LOL), who is, yes, a vampire, but most importantly, she is a person. She has real-person issues that have only been exacerbated by the fact that she is a vampire, and therefore has had much more time to dwell on her real-person issues than normal folks. She does not hate the fact she's a vampire, she does not curse the fact she's a vampire, nor does she seek out nubile teen boys to fall in love with.
In fact, in the beginning of the series, Sanaan doesn't give a rat's ass about love. What she gives a rat's ass about is using her vampiric abilities to destroy the bad guys who hurt innocent people.
In looking back, I can see that writing Sanaan is very much my own statement on how women are viewed in vampire novels today. They're either weak, needy humans who need a big strong vampire male to protect them, or they're vampires and complete sluts. Very rarely do you see a strong female vampire (or any female main character, for that matter) whose story does not revolve around getting hooked up with some guy, whether romantically or promiscuously.
Sanaan is exactly the opposite of this. She is her own person, confident, physically strong, and stubbornly determined to right the wrongs in her world. She takes shit from exactly no one, she kills with brutal efficiency, and revels in the fact that her vampiric abilities give her the opportunity to strike back at the ones who tore apart her life. Even when Sanaan does fall in love, she is still the one wearing the pants in the relationship, so to speak. Not that Damon, her mate, is in any way weak--he's not. He simply respects Sanaan for who she is and has no desire to change that.
I believe this is a message that is too often lacking in both the vampire genre, and in fiction overall, today. The idea that a woman doesn't need a man to be strong, she doesn't need to bend over backward and be subservient to find love, that she doesn't have to be anything other than who she is to gain the respect and admiration of the people around her. Sanaan shows us that it's ok to tell everyone what you think of them, it's ok to not be a doormat, it's ok to have your own wants and dreams and anyone who disagrees can rot in hell.
So to all you ladies out there--listen up, because Sanaan has something to say. She says to you that your worth is not dependent on a man. She says you can be just as strong as she is and still be surrounded by people who love you. She says people who treat you in any way less than you deserve are not worth your time, and should be kicked to the curb in order to free your life of negativity and drama. She says your dreams, whatever they may be, are worthy, important, and attainable--all you have to do is go after them.
Sanaan says you are more than your looks, body type, hair, makeup, clothes, etc. She says you are worth it, you are beautiful, just the way you are. And she says not to take any shit from anyone who says otherwise, because those people are asshats who deserve to be punched in the face.