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Q&A With Michael Thomas Ford

March 5, 2012 - Amy Phelps
Today I welcome Michael Thomas Ford, author of "Jane Vows Vengeance."

What made you decide to write a Jane Austen as a vampire story?

FORD: The idea came about during a conversation with my agent. We were discussing the state of publishing, and he commented that the only things selling were vampires and Jane Austen. I jokingly suggested that I should combine the two and write a novel about Jane Austen as a vampire. He thought it was a fun idea, so I played around with it and came up with what would become the first novel, Jane Bites Back.

Who is your favorite character to write?

FORD: I have a particular fondness for Lilith, the three-legged Chihuahua. She's based on my own three-legged Chi, Lillie, and all I have to do when I write her is channel what Lillie would probably say in a particular situation. It makes writing her a lot of fun.

Any other classic literary or modern writers you'd like to make into vampires?

FORD: I think I'm done turning literary figures into vampires. But if I were to take another stab at it I would probably pick someone like Henrik Ibsen, or maybe Flannery O'Connor. O'Connor would make a fascinating vampire. As far as current writers, I think Joyce Carol Oates would be my first choice.

What advice would you give aspiring young writers?

FORD: Figure out why it is that you want to write. If you're doing it because you want to be rich and famous, you're probably going to be disappointed, and you should look for an easier way to become rich and famous. But if you're doing it because you love writing and have something to say, you're much more likely to get enjoyment from it. Also, cultivate a wide circle of friends from whom you can borrow money.

Who or what inspires you when you get a case of writer's block?

FORD: I don't get inspired so much as I get panicked. The best inspiration for a writer is a looming mortgage payment or, in my case, vet bills. I have four dogs, all of them dented, and they're constantly at the vet for one thing or another.

Thank you, Michael Thomas Ford, and come back next week for a Q&A with Patricia Briggs!


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