Somehow in my freelance writing frenzy – and it HAS been quite the frenzy over the past few weeks – I managed to forget it was Tuesday yesterday until late in the evening – when I was too tired to restart my laptop, which explains today’s appearance of this week’s Debut Author Q&A. Hmmm… Me thinks a nest of vampires might find their way to Long Island if today’s featured author, Martin Tracey, a horror writer, has his way. :)
Name of book: Beneath the Floodlights
Book genre: Horror
Date published: July, 11 2011
What is your day job? Performance and Analysis Manager
What is your book about? The book features around a nest of vampires and a Birmingham soccer team who are relegated from the English Premier League. The team are seemingly rescued by a mysterious new manager from Transylvania, Professor Cezar Prodanescu, and his stable of young superstars – who also happen to be the nest of vampires! Once darkness falls and the floodlights glow, their powers enable the team to win games by incredible margins. Buried nearby is the world’s first vampire, and Cezar’s plan is to resurrect a clone from the extracted DNA of his ancient bones. But Cezar did not legislate for falling in love with human girl, Lily, or for acquiring such admiration for team captain and local hero, Johnny Knox, and the soccer team’s other human players. But as Cezar struggles with his emotions and attempts to shield his identity as a master vampire, his finest example, star striker Andrei, is eager to keep things on course.
Why did you want to write this book? Like most English boys, I have always been interested in football (soccer) since a very young age. I also have a deep interest in the supernatural, so when I decided to write a novel I wished to combine these two worlds as I have an avid interest in each, which fortunately resulted in a unique combination and original twist on the traditional vampire tale as we know it. In almost all vampire tales vampires seem to possess supernatural powers when darkness falls so it made sense that the vampires in my story would make great soccer players “Beneath the Floodlights.” Being a native of Birmingham, UK, I wanted to set the book around the area that I know and love so well.