07/28/2012 Share

Working Outside the Comfort Zone

by Melissa Schroeder

A few years back I came up with an idea for a paranormal set in Victorian England. I’ve written historical before, both western and Regency, and I had written light paranormal. But, this was different. First though, I have to give you an explanation of where I was at the time of the birth of this idea.

Several years ago, I still thought to be successful, I had to gain a NY publisher. At the time, things were a bit unsteady in the publishing world (as usual) but this was back in 2008, and there just wasn’t a lot of buying from these publishers. I gained an agent, and we went out with several projects. The last one was my world of By Blood. I still feel very lucky that I didn’t sign because I don’t think it would have been a good fit. Plus, now I have the ability to self-pub the series and do what I want with it.

Still, I was intimidated. This is a whole other way of writing for me. I have written light paranormal as I said, along with futuristics. This was the first time that I had built a complex world. Worse, I picked to do it in a historical setting. That does put me at a disadvantage in sales to begin with. According to most publishers, readers aren’t interested in that. Many paranormal readers say they feel as if the idea of vampires is just thrown in so that it can be labeled that way. There are very few successful historical paranormal romances. To avoid that, I sat down and planned the world from the ground up.

I am a Capricorn so I like to plan. A lot. The one thing I don’t like to do heavy planning in writing. I like to have a skeleton idea, then add the rest of the body as I write. But for this, I wanted to make sure that I had a world vampire lovers would come to like. It was uncomfortable. I hate being painted into a corner. Still, I knew this was important. Building rules into it spoke to the Cappy in me and made me happy. Then the decisions had to be made. I have Born and Made vampires. There is a hierarchy within their world, along with the English ton. The thing the intimidated me, building the world, was not as daunting as I thought it would be. But then came putting it into action. It has taken longer than I thought but I am loving it. Working within those rules has created some challenges, but I thrive on those, so it really has gotten my creative juices going.

From the idea that there were Born vampires and Made vampires, came the idea of Carriers who are women. The bloodlines filter throughout all of England, and along with it comes an Alliance of ruling families. Here, their titles in the human world hold some weight, but you also have common men whose long lineage within the vampire world makes them powerful. On top of this, I get to play with history, something I love, and make up rules. What more could a woman ask for?

I am almost done with the book, putting finishing touches on it and the ARC will be ready soon. 🙂

I hope people like the idea of Born vampires who have beating hearts, can be in the sun, and mate for life once they commit. I have fallen in love with the subgenre and hope to write many more.

Desire by Blood (By Blood, #1) by Melissa Schroeder

A man with a secret. 
Nicodemus Blackburn has seen the best and worst of mankind. Five hundred years of dealing with them teaches the vampire to be very wary of the creatures. Unfortunately, alarming events leave him no choice but to enter the world of the ton to hunt a villain. He must find a rogue vampire, one who is making his own army of bloodthirsty vampires. Searching for the villain is not the worst of his troubles. That can be laid at the feet of bluestocking Lady Cordelia Collingsworth.

A woman on a mission. Cordelia has always been an outcast, even in her own family. She has forged her way in the world with her ability to write, and Nico Blackburn is the focus of her next article. Before she can obtain any information about the mysterious man, she is pulled headlong into a scandal that leaves her with no choice but to marry Nico—a man with dangerous secrets.

A passion that consumes them both.
Thrust into a world she knows nothing of, Cordelia finds herself falling in love with a man who claims to be a vampire. As their passion grows, so does the danger around them and Nico will have to call on all of his powers to protect the one thing he has realized he cannot live without: his opinionated, infuriating, and thoroughly delectable wife.

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Comments

  1. Latochia Bell
    Latochia Bell July 31, 04:31
    I may be a little biased because Melissa Schroeder is my fav author... but she got there by being able to write a story that I can lose myself in. The Harmless Series has a story, characters you fall in love with, and always make you want more. And her new series have drawn me in to. I patiently wait for her next book while reading the blacklist as well.
  2. Iris
    Iris August 22, 13:57
    Rana you won :) congrats!
  3. Iris
    Iris August 22, 13:57
    And the winner is ....Rana Davis Adams
  4. ConciseBookReviews
    ConciseBookReviews August 22, 13:56
    I can't say what I like yet, as I have not read any of her books yet. Hope to be able to soon. Be great if I won. :)
  5. Rana Adams
    Rana Adams August 22, 13:57
    Thank you so much. Who do I need to contact?
    rana.adams@verizon.net
  6. Tanya
    Tanya August 22, 13:57
    Sounds like an interesting read!!
  7. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:57
    Thanks for stopping by, Kai!
  8. Kai W.
    Kai W. August 22, 13:57
    I have read historical books but not with vampire in them from Melissa Schroeder. Looking forward to reading the book.
  9. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:57
    Thanks, Denise. Historicals were my first love also!
  10. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:57
    Thank you!
  11. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:57
    Joanne, this is my very first dip into writing vampires. I really hope everyone likes them.
  12. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:57
    Thanks for stopping by!
  13. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:57
    Thank you and good luck!
  14. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:57
    Thank you!
  15. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:57
    Thanks! I am really crossing my fingers that people like these books. They are different, but it has been so much fun writing them I hope it translates to a fun read for the readers.
  16. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:57
    Fedora, thank you! I have been so blessed with my readers and that I have known them for so long.
  17. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:57
    June, I have never written them before but I am loving it. I thrive on challenges so it was right up my alley.
  18. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:57
    Thanks for stopping by, Alexandra!
  19. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:57
    Thanks, Rana! Can't wait to see you next week!!!!
  20. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:57
    Thanks and good luck!
  21. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:57
    Good luck!
  22. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:57
    Becki,
    If you give it a try, I hope you like it. I have had a great time playing with my vamps:)
  23. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:58
    Hey, Gayle! Thanks. I hope everyone likes it!
  24. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:58
    Becky, you are welcome and thanks so much for stopping by.
  25. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:58
    Vanessa, thanks! I loved Lou and I LOVE writing futuristics. I am going to be rereleasing some of my older books, with new editing and covers hopefully next year:)
  26. Melissa Schroeder
    Melissa Schroeder August 22, 13:58
    Thanks for stopping by, Cassie!
  27. Denise Z
    Denise Z August 22, 13:58
    I have not read much historical and vampire, primarily reading the more contemporary. However, my first love was the historicals and I am looking forward to the mix! Thank you so much for sharing with us today.
  28. Lori Meehan
    Lori Meehan August 22, 13:58
    I cant wait for this book to be released. I enjoyed your short story "Chasing Caroline" I think was the title. I've been hoping that you would write another.
  29. Joanne B
    Joanne B August 22, 13:58
    I've read some of the "Harmless" books. I didn't know Melissa wrote vampire books. Desire By Blood sounds fantastic. Can''t wait to read it. I find the idea of "born" vampires with a heartbeat and that can go out in the sun intriguing.
  30. Yadira Alonzo
    Yadira Alonzo August 22, 13:58
    That's a hot cover! I actually haven't read any of Melissa's books, but I would love to read this one! Thanks for the giveaway!
  31. Tanya
    Tanya August 22, 13:58
    Sounds like an interesting read!!
  32. MzHeart
    MzHeart August 22, 13:58
    Mel is writing a vampire story I am there, cause I know it's going to be great.I have read all of Mel's Harmless books, I really enjoy reading a hot romance that's what they are.
  33. flchen1
    flchen1 August 22, 13:58
    Oh, and what I enjoy about Mel's stories? Great storytelling, compelling characters, and delicious and heartfelt connections between characters. What's not to like?
  34. flchen1
    flchen1 August 22, 13:58
    Mel, great post--so happy to hear about you finding your own way in the publishing world and finding the right way to get your stories into the hands of your eager readers :) Continued best wishes to you!
  35. June M.
    June M. August 22, 13:58
    I did not know that Melissa Schroeder had vampire books. I would love to read this one, I love paranormals and historicals so this would be something I would really like.
  36. Alexandrea Ward
    Alexandrea Ward August 22, 13:58
    I haven't read any of her work yet but this contest makes me want to add her stuff to my "to read" list on Goodreads.
  37. Rana Davis Adams
    Rana Davis Adams August 22, 13:58
    Mel, I love all of your books!! There is not one particular thing that I like though. I enjoy reading them all! I love the Harmless series and cannot wait to read this one. Happy writing!!
  38. Rana Adams
    Rana Adams August 22, 13:58
    Mel, I love all of your books!! There is not one particular thing that I like though. I enjoy reading them all! I love the Harmless series and cannot wait to read this one. Happy writing!!
  39. ltfrombc
    ltfrombc August 22, 13:58
    Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway :)
  40. Becki Wyer
    Becki Wyer August 22, 13:58
    I've read all of Mel's "Harmless" books and love them. I'm not big on the vampire or regency genre but, because Mel is writing it, I'll probably read it :)
    rmwyer at shaw dot ca
  41. Victoria Sloboda
    Victoria Sloboda August 22, 13:58
    This sounds good. I've never read Melissa before and this being the first in the series looks like a great place to start. Thank you.
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com
  42. Gayle Latreille
    Gayle Latreille August 22, 13:58
    Have read all of Melissa's books and they are hot, steamy and wonderful. Highly recommend them to all my friends. Cannot wait to take a 'BITE" out of the new series, I am so excited!!!


    Gayle
  43. Becky LovestoRead
    Becky LovestoRead August 22, 13:58
    This books looks great! I ahve not read any books by this author! would love to read and review it. Hope I win. :-)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    BeckyLoves2Read at gmail dot com
  44. Becky Weiner
    Becky Weiner August 22, 13:58
    This books looks great! I ahve not read any books by this author! would love to read and review it. Hope I win. :-)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    BeckyLoves2Read at gmail dot com
  45. Vanessa
    Vanessa August 22, 13:58
    I've only read one of Mel's books, The Last Detail. I loved the characters. Lou was a great heroine.
  46. Cassie Hoffman
    Cassie Hoffman August 22, 13:58
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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