Kelley Armstrong, Author of “Twilight”

Tell us a bit about your story. What’s it about?

Cassandra DuCharme is the main vampire in my Otherworld series, and she’s dying. Here she realizes that the end is much closer than she thought.

What was the genesis of the story–what was the inspiration for it, or what prompted you to write it?

It was written for an anthology with a vampires and birthdays theme. When I think birthdays in regards to my vampires, I think rebirth day, which is the anniversary of the day they became vampires and, each year at that time, they must take a life to continue their semi-immortality. Cassandra has never had a problem fulfilling her annual bargain, but this year, she does.

Was this story a particularly challenging one to write? If so, how?

Cassandra may be my main vampire, but even after ten books in the series, I’ve never told a story from her point of view. I had to get into her head for this one, and that was a challenge.

What is the appeal of vampire fiction? Why do so many writers–or you yourself–write about it? Why do readers and film viewers love it so much?

The most obvious appeal is the mingling of sex and death, but for me, the appeal has always been the concept of immortality (particularly the problems with it) and the sacrifices we would — or wouldn’t — make to retain it.

What are some of your favorite examples of vampire fiction, and what makes them your favorites?

Salem’s Lot for it’s rendering of vampires as examples of pure evil. The Vampire Lestat for taking a different view and showing vampires as a more human mingling of good and evil, desire and instinct.