Today we have Erin McCarthy sharing how she and Kathy Love came up with their new book The Fangover, which I just finished and loved.
The Hangover With Vampires
Everyone always asks where writers get their inspiration for their books. Sometimes I can honestly say I have no clue, and then other books, like The Fangover, I can tell you exactly where it came from (even if it’s convoluted.) Six years ago Kathy Love and I were wandering around on Bourbon Street in New Orleans listening to cover bands and we thought, wouldn’t it be ironic if the band members were actually vampires, playing “Don’t Stop Believing” for eternity? That’s a lot of Journey. Again, talk about a pun. We figured if you’re a vampire, what better way to hide than by being an eccentric musician? So we came up with our fictional vampire band, The Impalers, and we wrote a couple of stories where we worked it in. But it wasn’t until we were talking and we said to each other, “What about the Hangover with vampires? The Fangover,” that we really figured out where we wanted to go with our loosely, and possibly drunkenly, conceived original idea. A lot of bad ideas can happen on Bourbon Street. The kind where you say “OMG, you know what we should do?” and then the next day you’re being bailed out of jail. This was legit a good idea. Unlike when I dyed my hair the color of a copper penny.
While we didn’t want to follow the movie exactly, we did take the concept of the Hangover where they wake up with no memory of the night before. We have two love stories running through the book (2 romances for the price of 1!) and lots of absurdity. While some things we lifted straight from our own personal experiences (hangovers and vagrant dancers are REAL, I tell ya) we took some liberties with the rest, including some of the traditional beliefs about vampires. We’ll hope you’ll laugh your way through The Fangover and enjoy our vampires falling in love.
Have you ever had a Really Good Idea that wasn’t really one at all?
And most importantly, who is your favorite hair band?
We’ll choose a winner from the comments section to win a copy of The Fangover. Thanks for stopping by!
When rock-god vampire Johnny Malone commits suicide, the rest of The Impalers gather for an Irish wake and jam session to send their bandmate off in style. But alcohol-laced blood and grief make for one hell of a combination…
When her brother, Johnny, dies, Stella Malone’s grief lands her in the buff arms of The Impalers’ bass player. While her tryst with Wyatt had some serious bite, Stella isn’t looking for a relationship, especially after a tipsy argument leads to her getting stuck in bat form at the wake. The rest of the hungover Impalers are in no shape to help her, meaning that Stella’s one night stand is the only one who can help her figure out what really happened last night. Only Wyatt doesn’t have a clue what happened last night, either, nor does he know that Stella is the bat currently dive-bombing his head. But he does have her purse and that has to be a start, right? Or not. On the other hand, there is a priest passed out in the bathtub and an alcoholic parrot squawking about a chapel of love…
Which might explain the ring on Berto Cortez’s finger. How did a night of rock ’n’ roll debauchery result in him turning sexy washboard player Katie Lambert into a vampire and then marrying her? He wouldn’t. He couldn’t. But he can’t quite remember, exactly. Which means these four friends turned amnesiac couples have only one choice: hit the famed Bourbon Street for some answers…