Interview with Kim Peterson, Author of Blood Legends

02 Mar 2021

What can you tell us about your new release, Blood Legends?

I wondered how it would feel to know and believe in one reality – the reality familiar to you and me, and then have human evolution reconstructed with vampirism as the evolving and dominant race.

What would earth look like if the deadly, supernatural villains you know as fictional became your new truth and you had to choose between being their food or becoming one of them?

Blood Legends is about facing your worst nightmare as an unending reality, and then learning to survive in the new world knowing that the only hope for salvation, the Blood Legend, may never even come into being. It’s pretty brutal and that’s how I intended it to be. These vampires are the real deal.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

It was a life-long love affair with story and imagination, and then life kicked me in the butt hard enough to take a leap of faith and believe in myself to get started.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

A Stone for Danny Fisher by Harold Robbins

Jessica by Bryce Courtenay

Absolute Power by David Baldacci

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Chuck Palahniuk.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love the part when you realize that the story and characters have become a part of you in some way. Where there is no separation between you and the creative flow. It can take a bit to get out of your own way before you get there, but when it kicks in it feels amazing. As if the story is already written and you’re the conduit.

And I love the idea about writing for a better world. We can all do our bit to make a difference.

What is a typical day like for you?

There’s a log cabin deep in the woods nearby. I don’t know who owns it but the door is always unlocked and the fire burning. So, I take my laptop and my coffee, and I sit at the oversized timber desk by the window and write for hours while it snows outside.

Romantic, huh?

Maybe someday.

The real part is that I try to get as much of the housework in before dropping my kids off at school so that I don’t need to worry about hanging out the washing during the day when I’m alone with my oversized glass-top desk.

After that, I’m either working on the fiction or nonfiction aspects of my business and trying not to drift away too much into my head. I’m a drifter. It can get serious if I’m not careful.

I like to practice Yoga at least two evenings a week and take afternoon walks along the beach. I love the mindfulness and body-focus of Yoga.

What scene from Blood Legends was your favorite to write?

The last scene. Always the last scene. That’s when I get to go crazy with Prince in my ear.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Yeah. I believe the heart can do anything. 

Kim Peterson is the author of the new book Blood Legends

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