Inspiration for Sunkissed:
Initially, when I set out to write Sunkissed I wanted to write the vampire story that I’ve always wanted to read. As an avid fan of the genre I drew upon films and books that I’ve loved to help me decide which direction my own book would take within the mythology.
More than anything I wanted a strong, female lead character who becomes a vampire. So often in vampire stories we see the female characters falling for a vampire and being pulled in to that world so I wanted to subvert that.
The main character, Dawn, goes on a journey where on the point of almost dying she is turned. This then influences her own life and the lives of those around her. I wanted to explore how she would react to and ultimately handle this drastic change.
Dawn is inspired by the female icons of 1950s Hollywood, like Audrey Hepburn. She is small with delicate features, seemingly fragile but she hides an inner strength which is what guides her throughout her life post transition.
I wanted to create a female character readers could identify with. Dawn is a moral, loving girl who just wants a normal, quiet life, and she is willing to fight for that.
In contrast there is the character of Doctor Moralus. Being a bit Dickensian with his name, I chose to identify him as without morals. His physique draws on the very first iconic images of Nosferatu. He is menacing in a very traditional way, and setting him up like that helps link the original vampire myth with my modern re-spinning of it.
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