Ursula Katherine Spiller was born on 19. March 1977 in Switzerland and wrote her first stories by dictating them to her mother who was much faster at typing than little Ursula. Little Ursula soon grew old enough to do her own typing and wrote what she would later learn is called "fanfiction". In fact, she wrote quite a lot of that. Incessantly. As an avid fandomer, she never lacked material, but it took some time before she eventually decided to invest in her own characters.
Aside from the whole writing thing, Ursula has also raised an awesome son on her own and has a Master's Degree in English Literature and Communication Sciences. Her thesis was something about blood and Dracula and was totally cool.
"How a Post-Apocalyptic Vampire Librarian" is her third original novel. As you'll soon see, the characters in this series like to hop between different stories and genres. So, if you want to know how Quentin and his compatriots would act in a completely different setting, you might want to check out Ursula's detective novel "Cookie" or the fantasy novel "Q's Key".
What's the story behind your latest book?
Quentin's journey in "How a Post-Apocalyptic Vampire Librarian Saved the World" is the third of my original novels, and I was kind of returning to my roots. And by "roots" I mean that Dracula fascination that I've had since my childhood (and that eventually even led to the topic of my MA thesis). I don't want to say too much about that book, as the title already gives you a lot of insight ;) It's definitely a new world for my characters to discover, and I always enjoy taking them out of their box and seeing where they take me. Like with the first two ("Cookie" and "Q's Key"), this story is with the same characters in a different AU setting.
What written work had the strongest influence on your writing?
There is one story that stands out. I always loved to write, but I used to feel like I had to adhere to other writers' conventions. (I could deal with those, they just didn't quite fit.) I thought that was just "the way one writes". Then I read a story that was different. It had lots of dialogue and character interaction/development, a decidedly irreverent tone, and lots of humour (despite its sometimes darker moments), and I felt like a light went on in my head. It still took some years for me to develop my own personal writing style, but it was definitely a pivotal moment. Also, it was a fanfiction...
Published: October 31, 2018.
Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Quentin was the local accidental librarian. Accidental because he was of course not a trained librarian, and there were hardly any people to visit his library in the classical sense, not in damn near two hundred years. Unfortunately, just because the world had ended, that didn't mean it needed no more saving. And someone's gotta do it, right?
Published: November 11, 2017.
Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
Q is not on a quest. She’s not. She just wants to get out of her home town and discover the lands with no other goal in mind than to quench her curiosity. Or so she thinks.
“May the good spells follow you home.”
Cookie is here for murder and will be your narrator for the time being. Well, to be fair, she's only here to solve said murder and not to commit it. Reading about the philanderers she's usually investigating would be rather boring, wouldn't it? Murder is much catchier.