We are Clay and Susan Griffith, a married writing team who have previously collaborated on comic books and short stories, but have recently embarked into mainstream fiction with our new series Vampire Empire. The first book “The Greyfriar” was released in November of 2010 and welcomed with much enthusiasm. The sequel “The Rift Walker” is scheduled for release this September.
Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?
The world of Vampire Empire is an alternate history where vampires rose en masse in 1870 to conquer the industrial world of the northern hemisphere. Vampires destroyed human societies and ruled over them, keeping human herds for blood. Human refugees fled the north for the tropics where vampires couldn’t follow due to their aversion to heat. In the equatorial regions, humans built new states and kingdom based on blended cultures and neo-Victorian technologies. It is now 2020, and a young princess is set to lead the great human states into war against the northern vampire clans, until she realizes that everything she thinks she knows about vampires may not be the truth.
What should readers know before stepping into your world?
Our books are not a single genre. They are paranormal romance. They are steampunk. They are dark fantasy and horror. They are young adult and adult fiction. Genres are meant to be mixed; readers no longer have to stay within the boundaries of their favorite genre. We want our novels to be enjoyed by a wide range of readers by simultaneously blending elements of all our favorite genres. Regardless of what you enjoy to read, we hope you’ll find something in “The Greyfriar” and the “Vampire Empire” trilogy to latch onto and relish.
Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?
We are virgin BEA attendees and therefore giddy with the prospect of meeting with some huge names in the business and getting some attention for our new series. We hope someone will be able to give US pointers!
Are you speaking on any panels during BEA? Are there any you are looking forward to? What panels are you planning on attending?
We are only able to attend one day, Tuesday, May 24, and haven’t looked into panels yet. We’ll have a pretty tight schedule that day with our publisher.
If someone wanted to meet up with you at BEA, who should they look for?
Aim for the Pyr booth (#4566) on Tuesday! We will definitely be there. And we are scheduled to have an autograph session at Table 25 on Tuesday, May 24, 10:30 a.m.
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