Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and aspiring author. She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house.www.kristenstrassel.com
Because the Night: How I Created My Characters
by Kristen Strassel
by Kristen Strassel
My job sucked. I worked as a retail manager in store that was constantly understaffed, without resources, and my district manager hated me. I’d lay awake at night, thinking of all the crap I had to do. Nothing was going to be solved at three in the morning, especially if I didn’t get any sleep. I started telling myself stories to make my brain slow down. I created Callie, a girl who couldn’t forget her first love, and Tristan, the musician who’d moved on until Callie came back into his life.
As I brought Tristan to life, I thought about all the guys in bands I knew. Whether they never made it out of their basement or if they toured the world, girls were always around. So I thought about what it was about musicians that had an almost addictive attraction for some people. There was something sensual and untouchable about them, some of these guys followed no rules. Some of them were really cocky, but still insecure. The more I thought about it, I realized that they had a lot in common with vampires. Sexy, nocturnal creatures that answer to no one, vampires also had that addictive attraction. I wanted my rock star vampires to be dark, with dirt where their souls once were.
Las Vegas also shared a lot of the same traits as my rock stars and vampires. Sin City, a sexy, nighttime playground where anything goes. After I quit that awful job that kept me up all night, I’d had a dream about a girl trying to make her way in Las Vegas. I felt so strongly about it I actually moved there because I needed to write a book about the dream. Almost ten years later, Because the Night is that book.
I wasn’t good at letting go, and I didn’t know how to make those feelings go away.
As soon as I wrote those words, I knew they completely summed up Callie. She wears her heart on her sleeve, and that gets her into trouble. She’s been overprotected her whole life, and she basically runs away for another chance to see Tristan. He cut ties with her, and becomes this rock star who’s “pretending” to be a vampire. Callie suspects there’s more to this story, and she’s right. Callie has to learn fast about the rules of this world that she’s forced her way into, and she makes a lot of mistakes along the way.
Blade was a character I never expected to put in the story, but as soon as he walked in, I was in a serious fake relationship with him. I couldn’t do anything about it, but Callie certainly could. He seems like a safe and smart choice, but nice guys have secrets, too.
Dana: Thanks so much for stopping by Kristen! I can't wait to read Because The Night. I hope you check this one out.