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RABT Tour Stop with Lev Raphael


 The book:


 
Older Young Adult/Adult Fantasy
Title: Rosedale the Vampyre
Author:Lev Raphael
Date Published: Available now through Amazon

Grief-stricken by his wife's untimely death, a wealthy New York banker turns to sexual abandon in the bordellos of 1907 New York. Then one fateful night, after a mysterious attack, he dies to his old life and is reborn a Vampyre. Once obsessed solely with making money and social advancement, he's now driven by a new, perverse hunger for blood. Written in a period voice, this deeply erotic work takes us into dark corners of the psyche as it explores a secret world of power and obsession.


You can find more information about the book and the author on Goodreads by following this LINK.

You can also watch the book trailer here! 



The author was gracious enough to provide an interview and more insight into his fascinating novel:



Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in New York but I’ve lived most of my life in mid-Michigan where I came into my own as an author.  I’ve published hundreds of stories, essays, reviews and blogs—and twenty-two books in genres from memoir to mystery to mashup.  I’ve traveled hundreds of thousands of miles as an author, doing readings on three continents.  Being an author is always surprising.  Example?  I never imagined I’d be invited to read at the Library of Congress, or get to interview Salman Rushdie.

Tells us About Your Book.
Rosedale the Vampyre is a historical novella set in New York in 1907, a time of stupefying wealth and extravagant display.  Its protagonist is a widowed banker drowning his sorrows in pleasure until he surprisingly finds the answer to his pain when he’s attacked by a vampyre.  The book is dark, suspenseful and erotic.

What led to Writing This Book?
The book wrote me!  I was possessed by the idea and it wouldn’t let me go.  I’d done a tremendous amount of research in The Gilded Age for a different novel, and this novella was born out of that immersion.  And also out of my early love for Dracula, both the movie and the novel.


What do you like best about Rosedale the Vampyre?
It’s opened a door for me into a new genre.  I’ve previously published mysteries,  a  memoir, literary novels, short story collections, essay collections, psychology, biography, a children’s book, a historical novel, a teacher’s guide, and will soon publish a guide for writers.  Now I have ideas for two more vampyre books.


What do you hope readers will take away from the book?
I want them to feel immersed in a different time and place.  That’s why I wrote it in a period voice, so that it sounds as if the book had been published in 1907, not 2012.  Researching The Gilded Age, I spent a lot of time reading books written in it, not just about it, and that grounded me.

What vision do you have for the book?
I’d love to see someone turn it into a movie starring Michael Fassbender.  J  It could also make a great graphic novel.

Why do you thnk vampire books are so popular these days?
I think they crystallize our feeling that life can sometimes be out of our control, that there are forces in it we don’t understand.  Then there’s the fact that we all like a good scare.  These books are also sexy, even if that’s not explicit, and so they thrill us in a variety of ways. 
 

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