Fifty Percent Vampire
by D.K. Janotta
Release Date: September 5th 2015
Summary from Goodreads:
TEENAGE GIRL FLEES THE UNDEAD !!!
Living at home is driving seventeen-year-old Astrid Sonnschein nuts. She’s desperate to leave her parents behind, and why not, with stepfather George a foul-tempered old vampire, and Mom – well, the less we say about Mom the better.
And our heroine has another compelling reason for getting out of Dodge. If she stays home much longer she’s in grave danger of being transformed forever, and the last thing she wants is to become the newest Nosferatu.
So it’s off to Rosenberg High and relative safety. Except it’s far from safe when her relatives are holier than holy Aunt Jean, beer-swilling couch potato Uncle James and devious, cat-loving cousin Emma. And that’s just evenings and weekends. Astrid Sonnschein’s schooldays teem with teeth-sinkable challenges, the man of her dreams refuses to play by the rules, and the plethora of pitchfork-bearing peasants are beginning to mutter.
Peasants-schmeasants! It’s when the full moon rises that Astrid’s real troubles begin …
Welcome to Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps, D.K. Janotta!
Your novel Fifty Percent Vampire isn’t just about vampires, and it isn’t just a love story either.
Far from it! It’s a Bildungsroman in which I make use of the vampire genre to explore several important themes. Family, otherness, the meaning of life, friendship, coming of age, mental health, to mention a few.
Sure. Did you notice the several voices inside Astrid’s head? One of the big questions in the novel is, is Astrid quite with it? Is she telling us the truth? Are the other characters telling us the truth? In this way I’m exploring the art of fiction itself.
So the story can be read on several levels?
Yes. You can read the novel as a pure paranormal romance but I’m hoping readers will find this a valuable book to go back to time and again and find new meaning with each reading. There are a lot of clues to be found in the story and many references to follow up. It’s like a literary jigsaw puzzle.
And it’s funny.
All the best stories contain the spice of comedy. Let’s start with Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’, stop off for a while at Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ and end up with Andy Weir’s ‘The Martian’. The basic story of ‘The Martian’ is a stranded guy trying to get home to Earth from several million miles away and having to survive on a diet of potatoes at every meal. Most people would die of despair, but not Mark Watney. His sense of humor sees him through.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, how do you get past it?
Luckily, I hardly ever get writer’s block, but if I do I have several solutions.
- Go to bed (it worked for Marcel Proust!).
- Watch a good movie. My current favorite is ‘The Martian’ written by Andy Weir and directed by Ridley Scott, but I have to admit that I’ve got an embarrassingly huge dvd library, so there always something I haven’t seen for ages.
- Dip into a good book such as ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘The Hunger Games’ etc etc etc. I’ve just finished reading ‘The Coldest Girl in Coldtown’ by Holly Black for the second or third time. Everyone should read this; it’s awesome.
- Listen to music.
- Take a leaf from one of Charles Dickens’ books and go for a walk to clear my head.
- Write something else. I’ve always got several projects on the go.
About the Author
D.K. Janotta was born and raised in England and Wales but now calls a chalet on a mountainside overlooking beautiful Lake Geneva in Switzerland home. He has worked in Belgium, The Netherlands, Norway, France, South Korea, and several states of the USA. He subverts the vampire genre to ask questions about and reflect on the meaning of human life.