Well, this is a first. Not just a first in a series, but the first time I meet a detective who happens to be a vampire (btw, see what I did there?), and I can’t wait to read it!
Vampire Detective Midnight (Vampire Detective Midnight, #1) by JC Andrijeski was out on the 27th in the Adult, Urban Fantasy genre.
Vampire with a past and homicide detective, Naoko “Nick” Tanaka just got transferred to the NYPD, where he works as a “Midnight,” or vampire in the employ of the human police. Like all state-registered vamps, he gets his food delivered to his door, lives in government housing, and basically can’t sneeze without the U.S. government knowing about it.
Still, he’s determined to play by the rules. More than anything, he just wants to be left alone, to finish out his immortality in peace… but he’s barely there two weeks when things already start to go sideways.
It starts with a weird case involving inexplicable paintings that predict murders before they happen.
Between his mystery painter, a bunch of dead hybrid-humans, a conspiracy involving the richest families in New York, and a school principal who has an unsettling effect on him, Nick finds he can’t get personally uninvolved with any of it.
Instead, he gets sucked in even deeper, until he’s pretty sure he’ll end up forcibly reprogrammed by his human masters — assuming they don’t just rip his heart out of his chest and be done with it.
VAMPIRE DETECTIVE MIDNIGHT is book #1 of a gritty, romantic new series set in a futuristic, dystopian New York, involving vampires, humans and psychics trying to rebuild their world after a devastating race war that nearly obliterated all of them.
AUTHOR BIO:JC Andrijeski is a USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author who writes paranormal mysteries and apocalyptic fiction, often with a sexy, romantic and metaphysical bent. JC has a background in journalism, history and politics, and loves martial arts, yoga, meditation, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, painting… and of course reading and writing. She grew up in the Bay Area of California, but travels extensively and has lived abroad in Europe, Australia and Asia, and from coast to coast in the continental United States. She currently lives and writes full-time in Bangkok, Thailand.
Current series include: Vampire Detective Midnight, the Bridge & Sword series, the Quentin Black Mystery series, The Morph series, and the Alien Apocalypse series. She’s also written a number of standalone novels, novellas and short stories, as well as nonfiction articles and essays.
Hi JC, and thank you for being here today!
What’s the basic plot of your current book or series?
VAMPIRE DETECTIVE MIDNIGHT is about a vampire, Nick Tanaka “Midnight,” who works for the NYPD in a dystopian / future version of Earth. The whole planet has recently come out of a massive race war involving vampires, humans, and a species called “Seers” who no longer exist on Earth. Seers disappeared at the end of the wars through an event known as The Exodus, but their disappearance is still shrouded in mystery.
In Nick’s world, vampires are legally required to register with the human authorities, wear GPS bar codes and implants, and succumb to random blood checks to ensure they aren’t engaging in unauthorized feeding. Because he works for homicide, Nick is given the designation “Midnight.” Every vampire working / living among humans is given a name that corresponds to their work assignments, in part so humans can easily I.D. them.
Nick just moved to New York after he more or less got booted off the force in Los Angeles. He’s trying to keep a low profile, but soon finds himself working a case that won’t really let him.
Which scene from your book do you like best and why?
I think my favorite might be when Nick meets Wynter, a half-human hybrid, for the very first time. Their whole dynamic and interaction really just wrote itself. It also brought out a side of Nick I hadn’t seen up until then, and I got such a better glimpse into who Wynter was as a character. There’s something about their personalities and the way they clash and connect, and just the intensity of emotion between them, even in their initial meeting, that was also just a blast to write. They have absolutely no idea why they’re reacting to one another like that, either. From their very first conversation, they’re kind of circling one another, trying to figure out what the hell is going on with the other one.
Do you have another job outside of writing?
Not right now. Before I switched to writing full time, I used to do a lot of corporate work, and I’ve worked as a freelance journalist in the past. Across my lifetime, I’ve worked a whole host of crazy jobs: all kinds of food service, stable-hand, bartender, research assistant, photo printer, sound editor, teacher, cow-milker, ditch-digger… to name a few.
What song would you choose as the theme song of your book?
Hmm… that’s hard. Maybe “Hurts 2B Human,” by Pink and Khalid. That, or maybe “We Were Beautiful,” by Rob Thomas.
What’s your writing routine?
I’m one of those boring, creature-of-habit people. I’m also that rarest of things among fiction authors, a morning person. Now that I write full time, I seem to be even more of both things. I get up, make my bed, meditate, exercise, shower, walk to my favorite coffee shop in my neighborhood in Bangkok (listening to news on the way). The coffee shop is a few miles away, which is good because I tend to sit and write for hours once I get there, after my initial tea and breakfast. I write every day, unless there’s some administrative emergency I have to deal with. All that said, I’ll be moving soon, back to the U.S.A., so I’ll be retooling my whole routine to match my digs in Los Angeles.
What are your writing plans for this year?
I’m working on book #2 of the VAMPIRE DETECTIVE MIDNIGHT series right now, which is called Eyes of Ice. I’ll be writing book #3 right after that, and then the next book in my QUENTIN BLACK MYSTERY series. Depending on how long that all takes, I’ll possibly be revising / re-releasing another series of mine too… or maybe writing the next book in either or both series. There’s never enough time to write, really.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I love to travel. I live in Bangkok right now, and it’s been a great home base, although I’m about to move back to the United States in a few weeks. I’m going to miss it here. There are just so many countries close by and it’s super cheap to travel in Asia. It’s pretty cheap to live here, too, which is a bonus, and I’ll miss the coffee shops, the temples, the street markets, the people.
Apart from that, let’s see. I love to read. I also really enjoy photography, painting, hiking, martial arts, yoga, meditation, going out with friends, wandering around street markets, seeing movies, long philosophical conversations with a lot of hand gestures, playing with animals (human and non-human), horseback riding, hanging out in nature, petting elephants, yodeling.
Okay, maybe not yodeling, but I can appreciate a good yodel.
What else should we know about you?
Hmmm… well, I hail from Northern California originally, but I’ve been a nomad most of my adult life, so I’ve lived all over the place, both in the United States and abroad. I lived in New York City during graduate school, which is why I think I end up setting a fair-few of my projects there.
This will be my first time living in Los Angeles, although I lived in San Diego for a few years, and once spent a summer in Ventura County.
Oh, and neat fun fact! The Thai name for Bangkok translates as “City of Angels,” so I’ll be transitioning from one City of Angels to the next, which is kind of cool.
Other things, hmmm… I sang (badly) in a rock band once. I love jumping in swimming pools and hugging puppies, as well as taking long, pointless walks in the rain and getting lost in street markets.
I also love talking to my readers, pretty much anytime, so if you have any questions about me or my work, feel free to join my reader’s group on Facebook or sign up for my mailing list, or you can write me directly via my website.
To learn more about JC and her writing, please visit jcandrijeski.com.
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