Today, Allison van Diepen (and fellow Canadian) is here with an author interview courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for her new release, The Vampire Stalker. Thank you for being here, Allison! You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner. Enjoy!
What inspired you to write The Vampire Stalker?
I was watching the 1980s video “Take On Me” on YouTube in which a girl gets pulled into a comic strip and falls in love with the hero. At the end, he’s struggling to join her in her world. I got to thinking about how a lot of us wish our favorite characters were real. And I thought it would be wild to write a book about that.
Any secrets you would like to reveal to us?
I’ll reveal that writing this book was pure wish fulfillment.
What is the writing process like for you?
Writing the first draft of The Vampire Stalker was a fast, exhilarating process. I let the story flow through my hands onto the screen, and I’m typing quickly so I can keep up. When the first draft is done, I go back and make changes, rearrange and tweak some things. This part of the process can take even longer than the first draft.
Tell us something that would be included in your perfect day.
When I envision my perfect day, I see myself lying on the beach. I am not busy, not stressed, just
feeling the sun on my skin and listening to the waves.
I read you are a high school teacher, what is teaching high school students like?
Entertaining. Intriguing. Exhausting!
Was anything about Alexander inspired by your husband?
My husband loves this question! (grin) I have to admit that one of the reasons I love Alexander is that he has some of the qualities I’m attracted to in a man—like my husband, he’s physically strong, serious, with a razor-sharp mind.
What would you say if someone you knew told you they were a vampire?
I’d probably be speechless at first, but then I’d tell them their secret was safe with me as long as I knew they weren’t going to hurt people. Maybe I’d volunteer at the local blood bank and steal blood for them.
Where do you see yourself/what do you see for yourself in the future?
Hopefully striking a good balance between my personal and professional life.
Love your answers, Allison! Thank you so much for being here today!
What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world--and came into yours?
Amy is in love with someone who doesn't exist: Alexander Banks, the dashing hero in a popular series of vampire novels. Then one night, Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander. In fact, he IS Alexander, who has escaped from the pages of the book and is in hot pursuit of a wicked vampire named Vigo. Together, Amy and Alexander set out to track Vigo and learn how and why Alexander crossed over. But when she and Alexander begin to fall for each other, Amy wonders if she even wants him to ever return to the realm of fiction.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.