R.E.Mullins has returned to her old stomping grounds in the southwestern part of Missouri. Over the years, she’s lived in Oklahoma, Michigan, Missouri, and Colorado. She earned her B.A. in Psychology a long, long time ago. She was also employed as a phlebotomist and assisted teaching practical applications in a Phlebotomy Adult Continuing Education Course. Keep up with her at www.remullins.com
Tell us about yourself. I’m a suburbanite at heart transplanted to the boonies of Missouri where I see more deer than people and there is no pizza delivery.
Tell us about your latest release. Cold Hearted Vampire is the exciting conclusion to the Blautsaugers of Amber Heights series. The Blautsaugers is a family of vampires that live in my fictional town of Amber Heights MO.
The first book of the series, It’s A Wonderful Undead Life relates the story of Gabe Blautsauger, the eldest Blautsauger son. Like a good brother, he gives his sister, the scientist, a blood sample to test even though he knows it’s against Nosferatu law. Just his luck this sample is stolen by one of his enemies and a human woman is forced to ingest it. Since these isn’t enough of the sample to complete a transformation, she’s been left stunted and trapped between the human and vampire worlds. Now he’s in a pickle. If he doesn’t finish her turning, she will die. If he does, she becomes his neophyte and responsibility. He looks into Cailey’s blueberry eyes and knows he can’t let her die.
Vampire In The Scrying Glass is all about Rafe Blautsauger. He might be a powerful Enforcer but, at only 98, he’s the baby in the family. He falls in love with Cailey’s best friend from her human days, the lovely and mysterious Morgan Maguire. She’s hiding a secret and he’s determined to find out what it is.
A Vampire To Be Reckoned With is Metta Blautsauger’s story. Third born in the family of four siblings, she’s always been dismissed as sort of an airhead. What the family doesn’t know is that she once belonged to the shadow vampire agency called Orcus. A local minister sees her preventing a kidnapping. He and his gang of ministers ask for her help in destroying a human trafficking ring. She becomes a vigilante unsanctioned by Orcus. Lucas O’Cuinn is sent to reel her in.
Finally, it’s Michaela’s turn. The oldest she-vamp in the family might be brilliant but she has trouble fitting in with the rest of society. She’s happiest buried in her lab developing a blood formula that will end the vampire dependence on human blood. If only everyone would leave her alone. Then he walks into her lab. Human Detective Seth Whitehead is working on a cold case and he thinks she has the answers he needs.
What led you to write this series? I worked as a phlebotomist in a medical laboratory for close to ten years. Sticking needles into veins to withdraw blood samples – anyone would be inspired to write about vampires.
Did you enjoy creating your vampire world? The lovely thing about paranormal fiction is being able to suspend reality. I like having the ability to draw my world without logical boundaries. That’s why it tickled me when, after reading A Vampire To Be Reckoned With, someone said it was unrealistic for my she-vamp to defeat a group of males in battle. This reader seemed okay with reading about a world where vampires walk among us, drinking blood, and having a witch thrown into the mix. However, he drew the line at a female vampire besting several male vampires in physical combat.
Are any of your characters loosely based on people you know in real life? While I think it’s impossible not to be influence by life, I’ve never completely described anyone I know. It’s more of a hair color here, eye color or skin tone there.
What do you hope readers take away from your work? I consider my novels—sitcoms in book form. To me, the greatest compliment is for a reader to say they could immerse themselves into Amber Heights and escape reality for a while. I want my readers to experience a little adventure, a bit of ick factor, and romance.
Have you ever written a scene that ‘creeped’ you out? Okay, let’s talk about some of the ‘ick factor’ you might find in my novels. In the first book, It’s A Wonderful Undead Life, Cailey doesn’t understand what is happening when she begins to transform into a vampire. Alone and frightened, she finds herself entranced by a raw, bloody steak she finds in her refrigerator. Read the book to find out what she does with it.
What is #1 on your bucket list? I’d love to live in Ireland for a year and write a book based there.
Do you have a favorite writing place or writing rituals? I live on 34 beautiful acres and my writing window overlooks a field, football field size pond, and a spring fed creek. Periodically, I’m quick enough to get a picture of some of the wildlife I’ve spotted over the last couple of years.
What social media do you participate in? My website: remullins.com is the best place to learn about everything I’ve done and am working on. There’s even a free, short Holiday story. You can also find me on FB: REMullins/author, or twitter @REMullins
What’s next for you? I’ve released a novella called, Diaper Duty Vampire which bridges the gap between the Blautsaugers of Amber Heights to the Vampire of Amber Heights series.