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New YA Vampire Book Aims to Please Twilight Fans
New YA vampire book targeting Twilight fans shares interesting similarities and differences to Meyers' blockbuster, says Utah Valley University English faculty and author Shaun Roundy, MA. Is Utah Valley the New Forks, Washington?
Author Shaun Roundy, MA has published a YA vampire book that he hopes will stir a fraction of the interest that Stephenie Meyers created with her world-famous Twilight series. The book is titled “This. A Vampire Cure for Forever” and the setting is Timpanogos High School and the surrounding Utah Valley.
Shaun and Stephenie and their books have some things in common, and some things not at all so.
For starters, both This. and Twilight were written in three months. Twilight, however, has over 700 pages, while This. has only 150. “I like to think I was aiming for quality over quantity,” Roundy quips.
Both books have teenagers as main characters, so naturally love serves as a core theme. “But not to the extent of Twilight,” Roundy points out. “I wanted to attract the same audience, but the more I spoke with Twilight fans, the more I learned they didn’t like the obsessive qualities of the book.”
Both stories take place in stunning natural settings which contribute to their plots. For Twilight, the dense Northwest rain forest makes an ideal location for vampires to live and hide, while This. practically serves as a travel brochure for Utah’s Rocky Mountains as the plot wraps around natural features including mountains, canyons, rivers and lakes.
This. doesn’t require the rainy northwest, in part, because Roundy’s vampires do not sparkle in the sun like Meyers’, nor do they burn like traditional vampire tales. “I wanted readers to identify with the vampires, so I made their physical changes more subtle than other vampire stories.”
Roundy and Meyers are both Mormons, which contributes to the lack of eroticism like so many vampire novels, but while Meyers is a creative mother of three, Roundy has a master’s degree in English and has taught university writing for over ten years and published several other books. “Teaching has significantly improved my own writing,” Roundy explains. “The advice I continually give my students comes back to me as I write.”
Thus far This. has been well-received by its readers with several glowing reviews appearing on Amazon.com, GoodReads.com, and Facebook.com/
More information, including author bio, photos of the characters and local area, and the first chapter of the vampire books may be found at ThisVampire.com.
Roundy's previous major publications include a pair of popular Christmas fiction stories, Courage, Love and the Meaning of Christmas and The Perfect Gift, as well as a nonfiction account of his spontaneous travels through China, An American in China: starting over. He has taught writing at Utah Valley University and Utah State University for over ten years.
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