Interview with Lana Campbell

Is this your first book?
How many books have you written this far?

Forever and a Night is the first book I’ve published, but I’ve written many over the years. In my vampire series there are a total of four written so far. Three are yet to be published. I intend to write at least six before the series is complete.

“Forever and a Night” is a romance about a vampire running from a human, only to fall in love with another. Would you tell us more about the plot?

My vampires in my Forever and a Night series evolved from humans due to a blood disease that makes it impossible for them to survive without the blood of their sire species. They are mammals, very much like humans, but throughout their evolutionary process they developed adaptations necessary for survival such as fangs, physic and telekinetic abilities. Their senses are more astute as well, especially the sense of smell. When they feed from humans they enchant them then erase their memories of the encounter afterwards. In the case of my heroine Mia, she has no idea Nathan has fed from her until he reveals this to her later in the story.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I’ve had a passion for romance reads since early high school. You could always find a Harlequin romance in my book bag. In 1994 I decided to try my hand at writing, just for fun. I really sucked at it in the beginning, but I joined a local writers group and slowly began to improve.

In 2014 I decided to get serious about writing. I wanted to publish something. So I wrote Forever and a Night, the first in a vampire romance series. I just finished book two and am in the process of looking for an agent.
Every spare moment I have is devoted to writing or reading. Writing is in my blood and I wake up every day excited for the next chapters.
I live in Avoca, AR with my oldest daughter, Jessica, my husband Robert and a cat named Felix.
What's your book about?
Nathan Davenport is being stalked by Isabella Ravini, the feral vampire who stole his human life over a hundred and sixty years ago. She makes him her fledging, a slave for her dark, evil purposes—hunting humans. After a few years she releases him, and Nathan reluctantly learns to accept the cursed life she foisted upon him. Over time he amasses a great fortune, which today has made him famous worldwide. Isabella decides she wants to be a part of this world of fame and fortune Nathan created for himself. She’s determined to marry him, and love has nothing to do with it. His money is her primary target, and the fame and prestige attached to being the wife of one of the richest men in the world wouldn’t be so bad either. In an effort to evade her, he hides at a safe house he owns in New Orleans. One Saturday evening in NOLA, he decides to have dinner in the city. He chooses a quiet little Italian bistro, never imagining this night will change his life forever. The human woman who delivers his order isn’t a server, but the restaurant’s sous chef, a beautiful ethnic woman possessing the most delicious blood scent he’s ever encountered. The moment Mia Peebles arrives at his table with his plate, tasting her becomes an obsession. Mia wants nothing to do with him because of Nathan’s reputation as a playboy. So Nathan enchants her, feeds from her, but his lusts for her blood and body play havoc with his thinking. Nathan finds a way to bring her into his life as his personal chef and quickly falls in love with her. The trouble is Mia has no idea he’s a vampire because during the enchanting episodes, Nathan blocks her memories of those sensual encounters. How will Nathan tell her the truth without losing her and keep Isabella from finding him? Or worst yet, will Isabella discover how much Mia has come to mean to him?
Can humans recognize the vampires in your book?
In my world of vampires, they are easily able to disguise themselves from humans because they appear as normal as any person with two exceptions. By nature they are bigger animals, taller and possessing more muscle mass. Their most distinguishing feature would be their eyes. The colors range just like human eyes, but theirs are always very brilliant, beautiful and in low lighting their eyes shimmer and sparkle, an evolutionary adaptation to beguile a human long enough to enchant them in order to feed.
In some instances when a human discovers a person to be vampire, the vampire through mind control can erase the persons memory of the encounter which led the human to the discovery. A side note—since my vampires are mammals they can reproduce with their own kind. And of course to make the stories interesting, they can turn humans by introducing their blood into a human body.
There is also a spiritual aspect to my story. Mia is a Christian woman who struggles with what vampires must do to survive.
Tell us about your vampires.
Nathan is a lonely, older vampire who has given up on love. Mia is a divorced woman in her forties with three grown children who has also given up on love because of a cheating spouse. What inspired me to make my characters older was the fact I’m an older reader and very tired of reading stories with eighteen to twenty something year old protagonists. There is a big desire amongst older readers for books with mature protagonists these days. Oddly enough however, I’ve had a huge following of YA readers just loving this story. I think the reason behind this is the characters don’t act or come off as older. Plus the story moves quickly and is interspersed with a bit of humor and a lot of sexual tension.
Why are vampire books and movies so popular these days?
Vampire stories really are popular at the moment. There are plenty of TV shows and novels about the sassy bloodsuckers.

I hear all the time in my circle of writers, agents and publishers that vampire stories are/ has been, but then I also hear just the opposite from others. My feeling is vampire reads, TV shows and movies will never go obsolete. There is just something people love about vampires even when they’re evil and nasty looking. Romance readers seem to want vampires who are sexy bad boys and girls, bigger than life with special powers yet given the right circumstances, the ability to be redeemed somehow. Nathan my hero vampire in Forever and a Night does some immoral acts to his love interest Mia in the beginning. Of course in any romance story love must conquer all, so in the end eternal love impacts his life choices and actions. This isn’t a spoiler alert because every romance no matter the sub-genre makes both protagonists better people in the end when true love reigns.
Published 2016-10-14.
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Books by This Author

Dark Experiments (Book 2 in the Forever and a Night series.)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 125,480. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Tiffany Peebles and vampire Dr. Christian La Mond battle to uncover the identity of an angel of death poisoning Christian's pregnant vampire patients. Sparks fly in this hot, steamy vampire romance/medical thriller between Tiffany and Christian. Will they find love or will they too become victim to this angel of death?
Forever and a Night
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,430. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
A new vampire romance with a sweet love story, humor and fun, sexy characters, who aren't your average vampires. This is a fast paced page turner with four and a half stars on both Amazon and Goodreads.