Hey, hey!! Special awesome guest Sara Dobie Bauer is visiting the blog today to talk vampires, writing, and what kind of powers she would happily accept from a genie. BITE SOMEBODY ELSE, sequel to BITE SOMEBODY (my favorite book that I read last year!) released to the world yesterday! ^_^ Welcome Sara!! 😀
Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about the BITE SOMEBODY universe and what inspired it?
The Bite Somebody universe is one of awkward, petty, cuss-a-lot vampires living in the Florida Keys. They’re not into world domination or making humans their slaves (except maybe in the sexual sense. Ahem, Imogene). They’re more interested in watching 80s cult classics and drinking rum punch.
This whole ridiculous world of Celia and Imogene’s was inspired by my annual spring trip to Longboat Key, Florida. Everyone there is friendly, a bit off-kilter, and generally drunk. It’s a homey, laid back place—and hilariously silly for a vampire what with all the sun, but hey, everyone likes a good midnight ocean swim, right?
Did you plan to write BITE SOMEBODY ELSE all along or was that inspired by the events of Book One?
Bite Somebody Else did not exist until Trysh Thompson (my editor at World Weaver Press) told me it did. She said, in no uncertain terms, that she wanted Imogene’s story. The hardest part? Figuring out who the heck Imogene would fall in love with.
Her romantic lead in Bite Somebody Else certainly took some tinkering, because the same question applies: Who would fall in love with Imogene? Crazy, purple-haired, irreverent, sexaholic, bloodthirsty, slightly homicidal Imogene? Well, I found a guy, and I’m so excited for readers to meet Lord Nicholas. He’s a posh British dreamboat, but somehow, it works.
How did you come up with titles for these books?
Ha. Well, the first book in the series was originally called “Diary of a Reluctant Bloodsucker” because it was initially written in journal format. Once I changed it to third person, I had to think of something else. There’s a scene in Bite Somebody where Imogene tells Celia to “just … bite somebody.” So Bite Somebody was born. It felt perfect. Bite Somebody Else was organic and comedic. Everyone giggles when I tell them the title of book two.
Can you tell us a little bit about what you have in the works?
No. Maybe. Okay, fine. But don’t, like, tell anyone.
Although I’m in a few upcoming anthologies this year, the next BIG project is Enchanted from Pen and Kink Publishing. My addition to this awesome undertaking is a three-part novella series entitled “Destiny’s Dark Light.” Read all about it:
In modern day Charleston, lonely white witch Cyan Burroughs has waited her whole life to lead the battle against dark witches and eventually meet the man she is fated to love. A tragic trolley accident brings Liam Cody into her life. He is her destiny, but he’s also in love with someone else. Now, Cyan and her magic family must find the dark witch who caused the accident while Cyan fights her feelings for Liam—a charming Irishman with secrets of his own.
You’ll be able to meet Cyan and Liam in early 2018!
Other than that, I have two novels to rewrite in July (secret, secret), and I have to start writing the first draft of a new, twisted witch novel filled with dark humor. I’m calling it “The Witch Project,” because I never think of titles until the first draft is done.
Outline or fly by the seat of your pants?
Fly free, baby. Okay, maybe a little bit of outlining. I believe the true creative power is in knowing your characters. I write full character bios before I write the first word of any new novel. I even do this for short stories. Know your characters, and the rest unfurls like a red carpet at your feet.
Quick! A genie is going to give you supernatural powers, but you only have three minutes to decide. What do you choose?
I wanna be like Mystique from X-Men, able to look and sound like anyone. Imagine how many awesome restaurants I could get into looking like Brad Pitt? Imagine how many free pairs of Louboutins I could get if I looked like Sarah Jessica Parker? I could even morph into Benedict Cumberbatch and use that sexy voice of his to read myself to sleep … However, since he’s my celebrity obsession, there are all sorts of really inappropriate pluses to that scenario. Mmm … yeah, I should probably stop now.
About the Author:
Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she’d really like to live in a Tim Burton film. She is a member of RWA and author of the paranormal rom-com Bite Somebody, among other ridiculously entertaining things.
Thanks for stopping by, Sara! It’s 100% your fault that I’m a Benedict Cumberbatch fan now. Haha. Also, I’m obsessed with Mystique. 😀