Friday, June 25, 2010

Richelle Mead talks about Vampire Academy books

Richelle Mead's popular Vampire Academy series is taking a bite out of the publishing world.

The young adult books follow Rose Hathaway, a 17-year-old half-vampire training to be a protector against evil vampires who are out for blood.

Of course, there's romance mixed in when Rose falls for one of her instructors.

"Spirit Bound," the fifth book in the series, hit the best-seller lists when it was released last month. The sixth and final book in Rose's story will be published in December. Mead will then begin writing another six Vampire Academy books about different characters.

The author talks about her protagonist, adult readers and whether Vampire Academy will appear on the big screen or television.

Q: Did you intend for the character of Rose to be so strong?

A: I'm not sure how I would write someone not strong. ... I wanted someone who has so much potential and isn't afraid to throw herself into danger ... but she's learning self-control.

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