Bertena Varney was born in Pikeville, KY. She moved to Winchester, KY where she attended George Rogers Clark High School. When she graduated in 1989 she began her studies at Morehead State University. Her studies included the following:
- B.A. in Social Science and Education
- M.A. in Social Science and Education
- M.A. in Sociology and Criminology
- Rank 2 Secondary Education
She used all of her extra essays, projects and independent study classes to study vampires in pop culture. Thus the creation of Lure of the Vampire.
She has worked in education as both a middle and high school teacher and college professor. She has also been a deparment director in a business college, and a substance abuse, youth, and domestic violence counselor.
She has one son, Tre' Alexander Varney who attends Berea College and one black cat named Luna.
She currently lives in Bowling Green, KY with her boyfriend Sam.
Lure of the Vampire is a pop culture reference book that takes you on a journey through the mythology and history of the monstrous vampires – through the romantic and, at times, scary vampires in movies, television, and books. Included in this definitive guide are interviews with “real” vampires, lists, and websites for readers to continue their journey long after theyhave read the book.