J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. Most of his writing wanders into the horror or science fiction genres, reaching into the darker depths of human nature, where things are often scary or funny.
He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina and assorted pets. They have an organic and natural pet supply store (www.momandpups.com, which is where his cats and dogs often blog). He's been enjoying ebooks by indie authors of all genres lately.
Are you sick of mopey, moody, whining vampires? Two New Orleans vampires are, and they’re doing something about it. Their plan to abolish the annoying, pathetic new vampires and restore the traditional evil vampire hinges on one teenage girl…
Hunterleigh Pelican moves from Big City to the ugly little town of Sacks, Utah. She falls for a handsome, diseased-looking vampire named Eggbert, but his feeble non-blood-drinking powers won’t protect her when the fangs hit the fan.
Also sniffing after Hunterleigh is the handsome Native American boy Lycanthro Turns-Into-Wolf, who may have some sort of supernatural secret of his own.
Only Hunterleigh can stop the evil New Orleans vampire Douchette, his significant life partner Lionel, and their plot to restore the Dark Ages of vampire rule.
Meanwhile, the hot n’ lusty Vampire Queen of Utah is thirsty to sink her teeth deep into Hunterleigh’s beloved Eggbert. Also meanwhile, Hunterleigh’s father, Professor of Skepticism and Debunkery at Sacks Community College, is called away to debunk rumors of vampires taking over a small town in Maine.
Can Hunterleigh save the people she loves? Can she stop the evil New Orleans vampires from bringing back the Dark Ages? Can she win Eggbert’s heart while still stringing Lycanthro along? And will she ever find a decent prom dress? Tune in to find out!
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?
It’s a fun little satire that plays with some of the major vampire stories, from Stephen King to Sookie Stackhouse. It’s really a satire of all the touchy-feely, introverted and depressed vampires you see everywhere these days. Some older vampires are sick of being portrayed as wimpy and they want everyone to fear and respect vampires again, and that’s the basic story. Readers who are fans of horror will enjoy it the most and get more of the jokes. I didn’t just stick to the most recent trends but also pulled from writers I grew up reading, like Anne Rice.
Q: Why did you go indie?
I’ve been writing books for years and it’s nearly impossible to get a response from New York anymore. I query a slew of people for each book, and for the most part you don’t even get a reply. With the indie approach, you can actually get your books out there to readers instead of just moldering in your desk drawer (or your hard drive). And the income from the ebooks gives you plenty of incentive to keep writing and not get discouraged.
So far, I have four ebooks out and I plan to put out plenty more. I enjoy the freedom to create what I want and offer it to the world, and the whole renegade culture we indie authors are developing together.
Also, you don’t have to worry about your rights regarding your work, because you keep them all. It’s nice to know that all of these books will still be for sale online when I’m a feeble and demented old man.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
In horror, I grew up reading Stephen King, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, H.P. Lovecraft.
Some of my current favorite horror writers include Bentley Little, Brandon Massey, David McAfee and Scott Nicholson.
The humor in this book was strongly influenced by Douglas Adams, and by the fact that I’ve spent way too much time watching Mystery Science Theater 3000.