"I whole-heartedly love this story. I love how the author portrays such a sad girl and her lonely journey that leads to an ending that I couldn't have guessed at."
--Christy at captivatedreading.com
"This book is as dark and fast paced as they come. Set in the 1980's Vida Nocturna paints a very gritting and disturbing picture of the growing underground cultures that began to expand uncontrollably around that time."
"Never before have I loved, pitied, and hated a character more than Sara."
--Lizzy at Lizzy's Dark Fiction
--Ami O'Neill-March, review-world.co.uk
From the Author
I wrote "Vida Nocturna" in graduate school at the University of Chicago. As I learned about the publishing industry, it became obvious that the books corporate publishers picked up weren't necessarily good stories. The key to getting published was that the book be predictably profitable.
At that time, there was tremendous pressure to write a series about vampires in love. "Twilight" had been bringing good returns on the publisher's investment and the others wanted a similar product to market. Vampires sell, and so do romances.
But when authors are forced to chase the market like that, no new ideas can get in. It's a death spiral of creativity.
This book was my experiment, to see how far I could stretch the idea of vampires in love and create something new. Did it have to be real love? Did the vampires have to be supernatural?
I have known real vampires. They are real, you know. They're just not supernatural.
Vampires are creatures with an insatiable need to fill up that space where their souls used to be. I knew people who lost their souls. In fact, this book is largely based on the life of a good friend of mine who disappeared about twelve years ago.
In "Vida Nocturna," Sara, a college freshman crippled by social phobia, fantasizes that her new boyfriend is a vampire but discovers he's a cocaine addict. The scenes are short and the transitions between them are abrupt so that readers experience Sara's trepidation and sense of unreality. As she slips further into the decadent '80s subculture, she becomes, in a non-supernatural way, undead. Fantasy, horror, and reality become one. Which was the first bite that started her transition? When did the victim become the predator?