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Interview with Randy Daudlin, author of Blood Promise

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Tell us about Blood Promise

Toronto, 1990: the city is booming and with a nightlife second to none. Welcome to the home turf of Reg Martin, a Homicide Detective considered damaged goods by his peers. Turning to alcohol after his partner is killed under unexplained circumstances, Reg’s career and marriage lay in ruins. Despite his soiled reputation, he is requested by his former employer, the RCMP, to investigate the murder of one of their own. The case is a deal breaker and could save or end more than just his career. Still, Reg is reluctant to take the job. Haunted at night with visions of the friend he couldn’t save, tormented each day by news about a spate of brutal murders, the victims drained of blood. Reg knows there is a link between these crimes and his missing partner. To find the answers he must go it alone, and the chain of evidence leads him to a nightclub called “The Afterlife.” Suddenly, the action intensifies as bodies disappear and Reg realizes that he is being shadowed by a mysterious figure. Out of options, he must put aside his fears and accept the unimaginable. Vampires are real and he will have to befriend one of them if he hopes to survive a war with a vampire queen and her bloodthirsty followers.

Love, betrayal, redemption – Blood Promise is an adult story, graphic and unsettling. A hell of a read, building in intensity from the beginning to the end.

What genre is it?
Horror.

What kind of readers will it appeal to?
It will appeal to anyone who likes a more traditional vampire story. It is filled with colorful characters and intense action. Revenge and redemption are two main themes and the dialogue is explicit at times. There are no sparkling beings, and the relationships explored are mostly dysfunctional. There is graphic violence where required and ample bloodshed. After all we are talking vampires here.

What are the vampires in your book like?
My vampires are defined individuals. One attempts to cling to his humanity in spite of what he has become. He kills those who try to cause him harm or those who are morally corrupt so he can ease his conscious by justifying his actions as a necessity.
 
Whereas his ex lover and the book’s protagonist is everything a vampire should be – decisive strongwilled and heartless, a true predator. Humans are food or a means to an end. It is written power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutly. She relishes what she is and has no use for anyone or thing that doesn’t recognize their superiority.
 
That said they also are vulnerable. There is no perfect being its the flaws that make them real. Strong, fast with the ability to heal almost miraculously but allergic to daylight, bled out they die. No flying they are not birds, no shapeshifting. Its the hightened reality that makes the unbelievable acceptable.

Complete this sentence for us : If you like_________, then you’ll love Blood Promise.
If you like books by Anne Rice , then you’ll love Blood Promise.

How long did it take to write?
It has taken ten years to complete this novel. It was at my father’s prompting that I buckled down and finished it. He has terminal bone cancer and I did as a gift to him.

Has he had a chance to read it?
My father read an early draft and pushed me to complete it. He is reading now and yes he is proud that I finished it and is encouraging me to do more which I fully intend to.

Tell us about yourself.
I am a professional make-up artist having worked in the film and television industry for the past 28 years. You could describe my job as a hired contract killer, my specialty being make-up effects. The projects I tend to work on having a more exploitive quality and are laced with gratuitous violence. So it stood to reason I would write about something I know. My book started as a script that I decided to expand upon just as an exercise to challenge myself. Once into the writing I found it so liberating I was hooked. Since starting it I have written two make-up books, Hurt ‘Em Reel Good and Reel Characters and I contribute to Make-up Artist Magazine a trade magazine sold in over fifty countires. The book was a hobby that kept getting put aside until I felt confident enough to share it with the world.

What’s next?
Right now I am putting togther my third make-up book Reel Tips & Tricks and my follow up novel Blood Rules. It picks up with my lead character Reg Martin twelve years later and how his life has turned 180 degrees. But there is a price to be paid for everything as a new terror comes to town demanding justice.

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