Interview with a Vampire - Julia

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic

This is a character interview I did with the heroine of my series 'War of Destiny.'

I heard about a website that had really cool questions to ask vampires. I thought it would be fun to ask Julia, the heroine of my series War of Destiny, and Samuel, one of the other main characters to do an interview.  They were a little elusive to find, but I finally tracked down Julia and she agreed to answer my questions.

Thank you for agreeing to this interview. I really appreciate it. Will Samuel be joining us?

 The interview is no problem. I couldn’t convince Samuel to join us today. I guess you will have to convince him yourself.

It’s a shame he will not be joining us. I’ll have to find him later. Now on to the first question. Does living as a vampire have the same appeal as prior to being turned (if you’re that type of vampire)? If you had to do it over, would you?

Yes, I enjoy being a vampire for the most part.  If I had to do it again, I would.

From what you’ve witnessed yourself, do the history books have it right?

Generally speaking, yes. There are always events that are left out. Sometimes that is a good thing. Other times … not so much.

Are there any female vampires around?

(Julia rolls her eyes) Seriously? I know we females are not as famous as Bram Stroker’s Dracula, but try to be more intelligent than that.

What do you think of the recent fashion for vampire books and films? Has it made your life harder or easier?

(She smiles and leans forward) Mortals are amusing. They have quite the imaginations. Certain books may have made life more difficult, but if other authors are convincing future Hunters that we are all sparkly in sunlight or eat blood substitute, I will not disagree.

According to folklore, vampires can’t cross moving water. Does this present problems for you?

You cannot believe everything you read.

Are there other vampires, and if so what role does gender play in vampire society?

Yes, there are other vampires. The hierarchy of our society is based on power, not gender. Both males and females can have the same amount of power. The amount of power a vampire has is based on numerous things, gender not being one of them.

They say a vampire’s bite brings pleasure rather than pain. Is that true, and how is that even possible?

(Julia looks deep in thought. She runs a hand through her light red hair) Ah, the bite. I can understand why mortals are confused by contradicting stories.  If a vampire uses hypnotism, the human he or she is feeding from will feel no pain or perhaps even pleasure if that is what the vampire wishes them to feel. If the vampire doesn’t use hypnotism, well, I am told it hurts a lot.

Do vampires possess a soul? What difference does having or not having a soul make? What happens when you die? (Assuming you can actually die… Can you?)
I believe vampires possess a soul. The soul does not die when you are turned, although it can be good or bad just like humans. We can die, but vampires are difficult to kill. I am not sure where we go when we die – the dead has not told me that secret yet.

The dead? What do you mean?

(She looks startled by the question) That is a long story. Forget I said anything.

Uh, okay. Do you believe in ‘true love’ and ‘soul mates’?

Love can take many different forms with different people. Soul mates exist, but you are not guaranteed a ‘happily ever after ‘together.

Who made you, and why? Was it by choice, or was the choice made for you?

(Julia smiles sadly) Samuel is the vampire who changed me. It was my choice and we made a deal. He helped me and I agreed to challenge the leader of our kind in return for his help.

If you live forever, or for thousands of years, and are difficult to kill, and are very strong and powerful… how do you not become a sociopath? And go off and start doing anything you want and acting on any impulse?

My group has a set of ethics and retains a sense of humanity. We want to co-exist beside humans without being detected. Besides, if a vampire or a group of vampires gets too out of hand, then the mortals get suspicious and we end up with a new generation of Hunters after us. We really don’t want that.

No, we wouldn’t want that. Thank you for your time, Julia. I appreciate your willingness to speak to me considering you could be hunted.

(Julia stands up and smiles) Nowadays, most humans will never believe you. I am not worried. (She turns and walks out.)


Submitted: December 18, 2014

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Sean Terrence Best

This is a magnificent interview, Theresa! You asked Julia all the same questions I would have! It is honorable of you to acknowledge that it wasn't easy to locate the vampires for the interview. From what I've read of Samuel, he would be very elusive and not necessarily conducive to being interviewed by a mortal. You are so very fortunate to have talked face to face with a vampire. I would have been terrified! You are a brave woman, Theresa! You have my deepest admiration for your blazing heart of noble courage! I love Julia, Theresa. She is so eloquent and inspirational, although I must admit that I wouldn't feel safe in her presence unless you were there to protect me! Thanks for sharing this fabulous interview, Theresa! It is so spine-chilling and intriguing to experience a candid glimpse inside the mystery of the UNDEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tue, February 13th, 2018 5:32am

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Thanks for reading, Sean! Interviews are a wonderful way to get to know your characters, their thoughts, ideas, and motivations. (As long as you don't end up like Louis in Interview with a Vampire, lol.)

I tried to pick questions that can give readers insight without ruining the books. I am glad you liked them. Occasionally, getting personal with the characters can be uncomfortable, but I've found that some of the hardest characters to get into aren't necessarily the vampires.

I also managed to track down Samuel and Matthew for interviews so I hope you check them out as well. :)

Mon, February 12th, 2018 10:19pm

Len Handeland

I found this quite interesting! I see some similarities to your vampires and those in my book "The Darkest Gift"). Vampires are much like humans, in that they also possess different personalities. There are evil vampires and decent vampires. Those that try to retain some sort of human feelings, love, companionship, and a longing to be just beings, rather than simply bloodthirsty savages.

Fri, May 28th, 2021 9:33pm

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Thank you for your review! Yes, I like exploring an entire gambit of personalities and extremes when it comes to my vampires (and humans as well!) I've found it fascinating to explore who the "real" monsters are in my books. Your book sounds interesting as well. I will have to check it out.

Fri, May 28th, 2021 8:37pm

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