NK - You set your vampire series in Bath, England, which is your home base. Bath seems like a nice, quiet, historic city, the kind of place not prone to drawing vampires. Besides knowing your city well, what other reasons do you have for setting novels there?
JNM – Yes, as a teenager visiting night clubs, in the early hours of the morning the city held the most magic, like a backdrop from Sherlock Holmes. The Georgian houses, cobbled streets and antiquated street lamps fueled my imagination.
In the Royal Victoria Park, massive stone lions guard the entrance. So this was the perfect backdrop to a vampire story, and along with it, a wealth of history predating Roman times, all with its own folklore and legends, which I researched and used in my books, especially for magical scenes.
NK - Lots of people watched the Hammer films but not everybody rooted for the monsters. Why did/do vampires, Frankenstein's monster and his spouse, and all the other supernaturals appeal to you more than the 'heroes', aka 'humans'.
JNM – I asked myself this recently, why do I love vampires, werewolves so much? Aside from their power, strength, immortality and unyielding beauty, and usually wealth, I think the core attraction is strength. If I were a vampire, or dating a vampire, then nobody could hurt me, the apex alpha male! I would be safe forever from harm. I guess as well, they have all this but are outsiders. I’ve never been one to run with the pack. It’s not something I tried to do, I just never fit the box.
NK - You have a 'real' job and you are a writer. Do both parts of your life impinge on one another?
JNM - Yes, it’s frustrating having to do the day job but I work around it. I commute for an hour three times a week, so I write on my phone, (probably about 600K words so far) using Google docs and I write on my lunch breaks.
I don’t get ideas for characters in my day to day life, my characters are too big for that. But that said I do work with really lovely supportive people, and as such have recently started teaching creative writing as a volunteer which my Department Head is fully supporting. (I get special paid leave for this) but the opportunity came by chance, through work helping homeless and vulnerable people.
I absolutely love it! And I get other personal development opportunities to help with confidence/communication and business skills that transition into my business. This goes both ways. Cheesy as it is, I invest my time as much as possible. Time, after all, is all we got.
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