I was never all that into vampires, except for one or two very specific cases such as the ones found in Sir Terry Pratchett’s awesome Discworld series. And Blade, because Wesley Snipes is great. Oh, and Dusk Till Dawn, because holy crap that twist halfway through was fantastic (I watched it at release, before the internet spoiled everything, haha). But beyond that? Eh, I never got into the whole concept.
Then I watched a certain show I won’t name here. Suffice to say, it’s Japanese and pretty much my favourite thing in the universe. The show in question showed me that vampires could be handled another way, a slightly more silly way, with a girl who is haughty and confident on the surface as a vampire, but deep down is really an insecure and timid person.
She quickly became one of my favourite characters, and I ended up writing a short fanfic for her, something a bit darker than the show it was based on. At that point, Moonlight Becomes Her was born in its original guise.
Then I started writing my own works and ended up revisiting Moonlight. I felt it was strong enough to stand as a one-shot story, with a bit of rewriting and editing to add details that weren’t necessary in the fanfic version. And so Moonlight Becomes Her 2.0 was born.
Like the show it was originally based on, I wanted something a bit different, so I went with a vampire who tried her very best to not be a monster. I admit, some of my inspiration definitely came from Discworld as well, where a similar concept exists, along with some other inspirations (the Goa’uld from Stargate, for example, were kind of the genesis for the whole ‘monster inside that needs to be suppressed’ aspect).
I’m not entirely certain how well it works, to be fair, given I’m not normally a fan of vampires and that probably shows to some degree, but overall I’m happy with how it turned out. I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try, and I’d certainly appreciate feedback if you have any (link to my email at the end of the book).
Moonlight Becomes Her (Link takes you to your regional Amazon store)
After two years on the beat, twenty year old PC Sally Holden transfers to Bath Police Force’s CID—the Criminal Investigations Department. But when she arrives, all she finds is hostility, corruption, and a general sense that she is very much not welcome.
Her first assignment soon comes in: investigating a low priority assault case no one else can be bothered with at a local Catholic Girls School, St. Hallowfell’s. The victim has unusual puncture wounds and remembers virtually nothing about her attacker, just a vague sense of serenity, almost like being back in the womb… or in a trance.
Transferring into the school as a grounds person in order to keep an eye on things, Sally must discover what really happened and who is responsible for the attacks. But during the course of her investigation, she will also have to come to terms with the realisation that the world isn’t quite as clear-cut as she thought it was…