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"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." ~The Princess Bride. Do you remember this bit of dialogue from “The Princess Bride”? Of course you do. Now, I want you to do something for me. Close your eyes and recall the scene. Summon it forth into your imagination and absorb all of the vivid details. Live it. Got that? Good. I'll explain why in a bit.

John Keats, English romantic poet famously died in Rome in February 1821 having traveled there for his health. He had good company. English travelers and expatriates poured into Rome in the late Regency period. Many historical romance novels are set in that period, but few take their English characters to settings outside England. That’s a pity.

I don’t know anything about literature but I know I like vampires. I also like ghosts, giant wolves, and I love pretty much anything involving an apocalypse. When I sat down to write my first novel, "Immortal L.A.", I put one word in front of another without giving much consideration to what genre it would call home.

In my high school English class I was one of the few fourteen year olds left who still liked to read. I was, therefore, the obvious choice to be offered the chance to take a day off lessons and represent our school as a regional judge for a children’s’ book competition.

Nowadays, it seems as though you can’t turn on the television without seeing an ad for a psychotropic medication.  These commercials promise that you’ll feel all better if you just take the right pill; all of your mental health issues will disappear as if by magic.

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