The President's Vampire
Red, White & Blood
> What is the Nathaniel Cade series about?
Nathaniel Cade is the President's Vampire. Turned into a blood-drinking abomination in 1867, he was bound by a special blood oath to serve and protect the President of the United States. For almost 150 years, he has served as the first response and last line of defense against the supernatural evils that lurk in the dark. He's partnered with a human handler, who deals with the daylight world for him. Right now, this is Zach Barrows, a young political operative who's yanked out of a promising career in the White House to work with Cade. Together, they face undying evil and shadowy conspiracies -- and sometimes, the scariest monsters are the ones that are human.
> The character Nathaniel Cade is based on an actual sailor who reportedly turned to vampirism in the late 1800s. How did you hear about this story and why did you decide to write novels about him?
I read the original story in a book called THE PRESIDENT'S VAMPIRE by Robert Damon Schneck. According to some newspaper accounts, President Andrew Johnson pardoned a man who allegedly killed two of his crew mates on a whaling vessel and drank their blood. He was sent to an asylum for the criminally insane, and no one really knows why Johnson spared him. But I kept wondering, what if that were just the cover story? What if the man really was a vampire? What would the President of the United States do with his own vampire? And the first book took off from there.
> What were some of your other literary and/or historical influences for Blood Oath?
> What made you want to be a writer?
> If you could, would you change places with any of your characters?
> Was Blood Oath the first novel you wrote and how long did it take to write it?
> What’s the best/worst thing about writing?
> What is something you didn’t know about the publishing industry before you had your first book published?
> Do you have any advice for hopeful authors?
> Any tips against writers block?
> How many rejection letters did you get for your first novel?