Interview with Mike Vavrinak

What's the story behind your latest book?
Rebecca is a vampire novel on its surface, but for me it was a look into human dysfunction ... why can't we have nice things? What is it about human nature that we can't just seem to shut up and be happy when our dreams come true? The little flaws and insecurities that we all have, that insert themselves into our personalities over the years and piss off our partners and friends now and then, what if those traits had centuries to grow and fester, how long until we'd be forced to deal with them before they consumed us. - Plus, horror and action and sex is just fun to write.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always enjoyed writing and reading. It feels good to be able to take something that only you can see and find a way to share that with the world around you. It's kind of like taking your turn around a campfire, whether you sing a song or tell a story or act a fool, it feels good to contribute, almost therapeutic.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the freedom it gives you, you can go as far as your imagination can take you, and still be safely home in time for supper. There's a feeling you get when you've done it right, when a paragraph or a chapter or even just a single sentence nails it, gets the point across exactly how you wanted and you can see it in the eye of your poor victim ... um ... proof-reader. There's nothing like that feeling.
What do your fans mean to you?
. um ... maybe I should come back to this another time ... when I actually have some.
What are you working on next?
My next novel is still in the horror/adventure/romance line but not vampires.
Who are your favorite authors?
As a child I was read Edgar Allen Poe for bedtime stories, so the first would be him. Steven King, Clive Barker, especially Weaveworld, I loved Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth, I read that one about every 3 years or so. Any thing by Oscar Wilde is always an amazing read, I think Byron's When We Two Parted is one of my favorite poems. Too many to list.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The smell of coffee and bacon ... and the whole have to go to work thing, but mostly coffee and bacon.
My wife inspires me to stay in bed each morning, but again, the whole 'have to make a living and pay bills' thing eventually gets me moving.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Living.
Published 2015-04-03.
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Books by This Author

Letters In June
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,010. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Previously published under pen name Michael Edwards. Sex, death, and psychosis - never a good mixture. Read a series of disturbingly detailed letters between two young lovers who are burying their past - and everyone in it. Strong violent and sexual content - very bad people here ... doing very bad things ... nothing good can come from reading this ... seriously ... bad, bad people ...
Rebecca
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 156,550. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
After centuries of misery under the manipulative thumb of her vampire 'father' Dominic, Rebecca seduces and turns an outsider in a desperate bid to escape her small dysfunctional immortal family. In the blood soaked days that follow she learns how strong the bonds of family can be. A twisted fantasy of terror, erotic desires and decadent hunger, and maybe even true love at the end of it all.