“So, you’re an author? Well, I’m a Vampire.”

From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

Promoting a new book is…shall we say…an adventure. The mysterious day-to-day lifestyle of someone, in my case, who writes Vampire fiction. The writer who always wears black. Personal friend of the Vampire Hadley Price. The glamorous life of an author.

Yeah. Right.

The reality is much more grounded. I can’t tell you how many times people have come up to me when I’m out promoting Hadley’s book and ask me if I’m the author. Those conversations are five or ten minutes in before some people ask me that. Sitting there with stacks of the same book obviously doesn’t associate me with those books.

“But you don’t look like an author.”

“This is what an author looks like,” I say.

“Really?”

“Yes.”

Really?”

“Yes.”

“No. Really.”

“Yes. Really.”

After six or seven “really”s, I’ve finally convinced them that I’m the one who wrote Beckman’s Folly: Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price. (“Just You?” “Yup. Just me.”) And usually, that’s followed by them purchasing the book. To which I say, I thank you and Hadley thanks you.

So far in my adventures as a new author promoting a book, that’s about the worst as it gets. Ninty-five percent of the people I meet in situations like this are very cool. Nice folks. Fellows fans of the genre. People who read. A few have been a bit strange, but harmless. We are, after all, dealing with Vampire stories here. And the coolest goth people and cosplay people- the one’s who nail the look -are the most enjoyable conversationalist. Get past what they look like and most of the time, they’re very interesting people- not to mention their great recommendations for places to go to get funky jewelry, steam punk assesories and Vampire-ish clothing items.

But it’s those ocassional a-bit-strange people. We’re all in this because we enjoy Sci-fi/ Horror/Fantasy. Vampire stories most of all. My books have graphic sex and violence and serious drama but also have a sense of humor about it. Vampire fiction is just fun stuff. I take it very seriously because I don’t take it seriously. What’s the point if you don’t have fun with it?

So when someone comes up to me while I’m selling Hadley’s books and they tell me, “I’m a real Vampire”, Hadley rolls her eyes and reminds me to be nice. Yes, those ocassional a-bit-strange people.

Hadley does not take kindly to any mocking of her Vampire heritage. She doesn’t like Human posers with no sense of humor. She promises me that she’ll identify any real Vampires, should one approch my vendor table. So far, she’s been the only real Vampire in close proximity to me in any public appearances I make promoting her book. She says she’ll let me know. My little Vampire gal, Hadley, always has my back.

Besides, as Hadley’s official scribe, there’s nothing anyone can say that will top some of the creepiness she’s shown me. And lucky you, you get to read about that. So go ahead, try to creep-me-out by telling me you’re an authentic Vampire.

Just know that the Vampire Hadley Price is close by, watching.

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

We Like you too!

Since the time when the Vampire Hadley Price granted me the honor of going public with her story in her first book, Beckman’s Folly: Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price, she’s had a presence on Facebook. And she’s one happy little Vampire gal because, as of today, that Facebook page, Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price, has just gone over 100 Likes.

Now I’m just a Human so 100 Likes sounds like a lot. When I first started writing Hadley’s exploits, there were only a half dozen or so people who knew I was doing that. And most them were nothing more than mildly amused by that odd activity and not particularly pro-active in voicing that amusment. But since the release of her book, recently, legions of you have taken the time to not just visit Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price on Facebook, but over 100 of you have pro-actively Liked it. To which we say-Thank you!

The Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price Facebook page has had more than 8,000 visitors from 10 countries around the world. (Thank you Facebook Insights.) Are you- or do you know someone -from Japan, Egypt, South Africa or Argentina? No vists from people there yet. Hadley and I invite you, and them, to stop by.

Hadley’s daughter, the Vampire Svetlana Magnovska, is from Russia. We haven’t gotten any Facebook visits from there. Svetlana welcomes all new Russian friends. (Could you help spread the word, Tatianna Abdrin?) I do have to say, Svetlana is bi-lingual. She speaks Russian, but I don’t. And she’s notabley absent when I try to find her to interpret that into English for me. So thank you in advance for doing me the service of responding in English.

I thank you and Hadley thanks you. I think 100 is a lot. As a Vampire, Hadley’s used to dealing in larger numbers. But she thinks 100 is a great start.

If you haven’t started, that is to say, read the book and posted a review on Amazon or elsewhere, you can come along with us. We invite you to. The first book, in an all-new Vampire adventure series, Beckman’s Folly: Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price, is available online, as a paperback or ebook, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBook and Kobo.

And if you’ve already read Hadley’s first book? It doesn’t end there. She has many stories to tell us. I’ve finished the first draft of the next book in the series and my editor, Christine Piesyk , is already hacking her way through it. And the first draft of the third book is almost done.

Hadley’s adventures continue. There’s a lot to Like.

P.S.: Hadley reminded me to tell you that you can also Follow and Friend the author of her stories on Facebook. He’s a guy who looks a lot like me and calls himself Warren Onufer.

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From the desk of W. J. Onufer…

A big thanks to Steve and Megan at Rick’s Comics for hosting Me and Beckman’s Folly: Tales of the Vampire Hadley Price book cover artist Keith Wood for a book signing in their new store. How many time can you get an author and the cover artists to sign your book? We did that last week at Rick’s.

Again, thanks to Steve and Megan for all their help.

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