An interview with author Alexia Purdy

Today I was blessed with the chance to sit down and speak with the lovely Alexia Purdy, author of The Dark Faerie series, about her upcoming novel Reign Of Blood, about a young vampire hunter.

HD – “So Alexia, tell me about Reign Of Blood.”

AP –  “Its about the post-apocalyptic world after a viral epidemic has wiped out most of the earth’s population, leaving few humans, feral vampires and a hybrid type of vampire that defies all definitions of what being human and what being vampire is. April is a seventeen year old girl who lives in this world one year after the event. She has become a ferocious vampire hunter and killer and comes upon these hybrid vampires one day in search of her mother and younger brother. Unsure who she can trust, she finds that her new ideals of the world are not as black and white as she thought. Bending the rules to find her family will either save them all or destroy everything.”

HD – “April sounds interesting, care to speak a little more on her?”

AP – “Oh she is very interesting! She was pretty normal before everything happened, hanging with friends, going to movies, eating junkfood, suffering from allergies… Now, after a rough year of witnessing the most horrid things and deaths she could have never imagined, she has definitely grown up fast. Taking upon herself to protect her family, she trains everyday to shoot weapons, gather an armory of different swords, guns and bow and arrows and mastering them all with skill. No one would recognize this vigilante now. A strong warrior with a huge heart. Her only loves are her younger brother, whom she has taken under her wing, and her strong witted mother, who has also joined her in training. A strong, bad ass heroinne in every way.”

HD – “Sounds like a tough chick. So what’s the world like now after all of this?”

AP- “It is in a neglectful ruin. Most people died quickly so its almost in a messy suspended animation. April can still walk into stores and get what she needs that’s non perishable of course. Meat is rare to not available. It takes place in Las Vegas and most buildings and strip casinos are infested with feral vampires, waiting in the shadows until the sun goes down to hunt for fresh meat. Not a place to hang out after dark. Rural areas are safest for remaining humans at this point, if you survived getting away in the first place and not dying from the epidemic. ”

HD – “These don’t sound like your typically vampires, where did the influence for them come from?”

AP ” The main idea of this story came to me in a dream. I wanted to make the feral vampires more of a I am Legend/walking dead blend and the Hybrids more of mystery, though they are definitley more human like. I take more inspiration from books and video game vampire/zombies than anywhere else. Though i’m a huge fan of the Resident evil movies, I wanted to take my vampires more into the post apocalyptic world to see what happens when it really is the end of the world, even for these mutated creatures. Who will survive in the end?”

HD – “I can say that it has me intrigued, when can people expect to pick up a copy?”

AP – “Reign of Blood will be released at the end of March via with possible paperback release in April. My first book “Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale)” will be published March 16th 2012 with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing”

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