Let’s face it, vampires are made of cool. Possessing super-human strength, irresistible seductive powers and a jaded worldliness that only comes from immortality, vampires got it going on. From Anne Rice‘s epic The Vampire Chronicles, to camp-cum-cultural legend, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to teen treacle, Twilight, the mutability of vampire mythology offers something for everyone.
And no one loves vampire mythology more than lesbians. What else feeds our obsession with relationships that last forever, allows us to fantasize about a sexual abandon we wouldn’t dare in real life, and for some of us, indulges our love of black leather and staying out all night?
Trinity Tam, co-author of everafter, the new lesbian vampire novel from Bold Strokes Books, understands the appeal: “Dark, brooding, tortured, possessive, dangerous – [these] are elements that are kind of hot in a chick.”
Trinity Tam is actually Jane Chen, producer of the award-winning, offbeat 2005 film, Red Doors. With veteran lesbian romance writer, Nell Stark, Chen makes her fiction debut with everafter, the tale of a lesbian vampire, her mortal lover and their fight to stay together against all odds.
Nell Stark and Trinity Tam (aka Jane Chen)
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Far less harrowing is Stark and Tam’s relationship — in addition to being writing partners, they are a happy couple. AfterEllen.com talked to Nell and Trinity about how they came to write their first novel together, the autobiographical nature of its story, and who would win in a fight: a werewolf or an angry feminist?
AfterEllen.com: How did you come to collaborate on everafter?
Nell Stark: Trin wondered what our relationship would be like if I were a vampire. Nice of her, huh? By the end of the conversation, we had the premise for everafter.
TT: Nell encouraged me to write it and when I balked, she offered to co-author it with me. It never would have gotten done if we didn’t collaborate.
AE: It’s a good thing the question wasn’t, “What if you were a hot warrior princess and I was your cute little blond side-kick?” I guess that’s a different kind of conversation.
AE: Well, lesbian vampires are sexier than bug-eyed aliens, so thanks for going with the vampire question. In everafter, the first half of the book is told from vampire Valentine’s perspective and then switches to her lover, Alexa’s voice. Did you each write your own section?
AE: So, you were writing simultaneously?
AE: Did you ever disagree about what or how the other one was writing?