The evolution of a vampire.
Drayton doesn't know what he is. Or why he has lived for thousands of years. He takes not his victim's blood but the silky essence of their soul during their last breath. Often mistaken for the Angel of Death, his victims sometimes ask for forgiveness. Sometimes he delivers. After all, he is not without sin.
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
Did you ever think you'd write about vampires?
Nope. Drayton came out of nowhere when I was at a community theatre production of Dracula. I figured that an immortal vampire would more likely become compassionate and wise as he grew older. Twilight put a different spin on the vampire genre, much different than Nosferatu. Drayton's nothing like Twilight. Or Nosferatu.
What's a downside to writing a character similar that's similar to you?
Predictable. Boring. If every book I write is similar, it ceases to surprise the reader. That's what I loved about Drayton, he was just the opposite of me. This paranormal being was fearless not out of bravado but the wisdom brought about by countless years of immortality. I called him a vampire because it was the word that fit him the best in his early years, but he became something much for that. Whatever a vampire becomes after the gore and bloodsucking, sort of like the caterpillar and butterfly.
Do your characters ever resemble you in your beliefs?
Some do. But there are others that are just fun to go the other way, especially antagonists. I do find it interesting, even courageous, when authors can write very demented, sick and twisted antagonists. It's very revealing to show the world what's bouncing around in your head.
What do you think is the most important aspect of writing a character?
Letting him or her grow in my head. It's when I'm driving to work, taking a shower, or lying in bed that they come to life. It's also one of the most gratifying elements of writing. I've enjoyed letting this vampire walk through my mind, leaving his short stories behind.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Drayton Chronicles took me longer than normal to read because it wasn't my usual feel good chick lit. Instead, it at times made you stop and think or cringe in disgust at human behavior that really does take place. It took me a bit to get into the book, only reading about 15% the first two days that I had it. But I pushed through until I found myself reaching for it the moment I woke up in the middle of my sleep schedule. I couldn't stop until I finished it and I'm happy that I didn't give up. It turned out to be one of the best books I've read recently. Drayton is a man (being?) that doesn't know what he is. All he knows is that he remembers being a part of history as far back as it goes, which he reveals when he sees a psychiatrist. I love the way that until the last story you didn't know much of anything about him. He stayed a mystery till the very end and left you with only one question. What IS Drayton? I'd love to see what all of you think of him after you read The Drayton Chronicles! I highly recommend it to anyone that loves to read books that make you see humanity as it really can be. I'm giving this 4 out of 5 stars because there were parts in the book where words had been skipped and a few areas that I had to read multiple times because they didn't make complete sense. This took away a bit of enjoyment from me. I loved the story but am deducting just a bit because of editing issues. Disclosure: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. I certify that I have read the entire book (no skimming either!) and am basing my review upon characters, format, ease or difficulty of reading subject matter morally, ability to understand, typos, and any surface errors.
I read this book becauuse i was looking ar facebook and i had noyhing else to read.this book only has 160 pages but it reads like 300+,its alil hard to start but i couldnt put it down.i srayed up all night reading this book with few cat naps in between. I love Drayton,you cant help but like this young old man,he wants to bepart of life but he just cant quite do it,the quite wisdoms and hard truths that he has learned on his own is just not WHAT i was but more importanly WHAT im going to be.with everything hes seen and done,im amazed hes not a true monster of nightmaes. You must give this story a read.loved it.
That was a great book