Richelle Mead is the author of the ever popular Vampire Academy series. The much anticipated fourth book in the series, Blood Promise, is scheduled for release on August 25 for Americans and August 26 for Australians. As a bit of a teaser, Richelle was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions about herself, and her beloved vampire series to get you ready for Blood Promise. Fear no, there are no spoilers in this interview, so sit back, grab a cuppa, and enjoy the show…
The age difference between Dimitri and Rose is quite big, why/how did you decide to make Rose’s love interest a much older man?
Well, it’s not that big a difference! Questions like this are hard to answer because my response is usually “because it felt right.” That’s just the way their story needed to be told. When I started conceiving the characters and the world, it just came together that Rose and her instructor would fall for each other. And of course, it adds the dangerous and forbidden element that we all love.
Lissa and Rose are an unlikely match, personality wise. If they weren’t bonded, do you think they’d be friends?
Absolutely! They actually were friends years before the bond existed. I think it’s a pretty common phenomenon (the friendship, not the bond!). Sometimes we need to be around people who have different traits to complement our own, and I’ve had a lot of teens write me and say their friendships are just like Lissa and Rose’s.
The Vampire Academy world has three ‘types’ of vampires. Why/how did you decide to separate the good, evil and half breeds into three separate races?
This is actually a concept found in Romanian folklore. I loved the idea of it, especially since it was so different from the usual images of vampires that are out there. So, I used pieces of that myth as the basis for my world and then built my story around it.
All throughout the VA series, there have been references to Russian language and culture, especially in Blood Promise. Do you have any familial ties or previous interest/experience with all things Russian?
I actually have no connections whatsoever to Russian or Romanian culture—and struggle when people ask me to pronounce some of the VA terms! I chose to have both cultures influence the VA world because those regions have such fantastic vampire stories in their folklore. So, it seemed natural that Eastern Europe would be where a lot of my vampires came from. Without having visited, I have to do a lot of research to make things work! I read a lot and am lucky enough to know people who speak the languages.
Do you name your books, or does your publisher have some input, too?
They definitely have input. In fact, I’d say the relationship in selecting titles is 50/50. We can’t go forward until we have a title we all like, and Shadow Kiss is notorious for having taken months. So, we end up constantly swapping suggestions back and forth, and every time, one hits that gets us all excited.
Read the entire interview here.
The interviewer really asked some good questions here, don’t you agree? I often wondered about the Russian culture references in the series and was happy to finally get an answer in this interview. I like that Richelle used Romanian and Russian culture because it is already so richly laced with Vampire lore. I will be heading to my nearest book store after work today to pick up Richelle’s new book ‘Blood Promise’…Can’t wait!
Did you pick up your copy of the new Vamp Academy book ‘Blood Promise’?
Have you read ‘Blood Promise’ already? What did you think?