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Monday, February 22, 2010

Meet Heather Brewer and Vladimir Tod, a Teen Vampire Who Doesn't Sparkle -- Or Suck

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"Vampires used to be dangerous," Brewer complains. "Now they're romantic and sparkly. I want mine to be more dangerous than sexy. Except for Vlad. His awkwardness comes from being half-human." Unlike, say, Twilight's Edward Cullen, Vlad really is a thirteen-year-old boy, with all the suavity with women this implies.

click to enlarge "Auntie Heather" shows off the mark of a vampire. Hers is a fake. Vlad's is real. - IMAGE SOURCE
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  • "Auntie Heather" shows off the mark of a vampire. Hers is a fake. Vlad's is real.

Brewer has just returned from a five-state tour promoting Eleventh Grade Burns, which included a "Snow Ball" in Michigan, a tribute to the biggest social event of the year in Bathory. Tonight she'll be reading with her friend Lisa McMann, author most recently of Gone, and on Friday and Saturday she will entertain the minions at the Borders in Fairview Heights and Main Street Books in St. Charles.

Now that she's finished Vlad's story -- though the plot of Twelfth Grade Kills remains a deep, dark secret -- Brewer is hard at work on two more series. One, The Slayer Journals, is a companion to the Vlad books, chronicling the adventures of Joss, who made his debut in Ninth Grade Slays. (Three guesses as to Joss' role. We promise you won't need the last two.)

She's also 20,000 words into Bloodbound, due out in the fall of 2011, the first in a trilogy about a teenage girl named Kaya who attends a special magical academy. "There's a little romance," Brewer promises, "some action and a giant blue scaley man-eating monster."

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