The Vampire, the Hunter, and the Girl by Martin Lastrapes
(The Vampire and the Hunter Trilogy #1)
Publication date: March 18th 2015
Genres: Adult, Horror, Paranormal
Adam and Jesus (the vampire and the hunter) have an innate antagonism, which is only heightened once they discover they’re competing for the affections of the same girl. Olivia (the girl) is an aspiring author struggling to write a vampire novel. What none of them yet know is there’s a menacing force looming that will change the course of their lives forever. With the first installment of The Vampire and the Hunter Trilogy, Martin Lastrapes has created a vampire tale that is scary, funny, thrilling, and satisfying to the very last drop.
Guest Post by the Author: The True Beauty of Independent Publishing
When I was coming up as an aspiring author in college, the predominant ethos was that “real” authors didn’t go the route of independent publishing. In order for your work to be taken seriously, you had to be published traditionally. Traditional publishing—as many authors know far too well—starts with procuring the services of a literary agent who will shop your work around to publishers until they secure you a book deal.
For me and every other writer I knew, this was the dream. And in 2005, I came face-to-face with my dream when I had the opportunity to meet an actual literary agent in the flesh (which was not unlike meeting Santa Claus or Batman) at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. He was leading a workshop I was attending and when it was over he complimented me on my participation and asked if I was working on anything. I told him I was in the middle of writing my first novel and he told me that he’d like to read it when it was done.
I finished the book two weeks later and shipped it off to New York—and two months later (on my birthday, no less!) I received the first of what would become many, many rejection letters.
I spent the next several years receiving rejection letters until it seemed my only option was independent publishing. That, however, wasn’t a reality I was yet willing to accept because I was still under the illusion that “real” authors didn’t publish their own work.
The event that changed everything for me occurred on a Wednesday night in the summer of 2009. I went to see a stage production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Empire Theatre in Santa Ana, CA. The walls and floor of the theater were concrete and the stage was less a stage and more a designated area in the corner. There couldn’t have been more than 30 or 40 seats inside and I just couldn’t imagine how they were going to put on a show in such a small space—and then Darius Rose entered the room.
Darius was the star of the play and he was absolutely fantastic. He put on a world-class performance that I would put up against anybody who’s ever won an Academy Award or an Emmy Award or a Tony Award. His performance affected me deeply, as it was one of those truly transcendent experiences you get when you see a brilliant artist exercising their craft at the peak of their abilities. But, he wasn’t performing in Hollywood or on Broadway, he wasn’t in movie theaters or on television screens. He was in a small concrete theater in the middle of Santa Ana on a Wednesday night performing for about 30 people. But, none of that made his performance any less brilliant. And more importantly, it didn’t make my enjoyment of it any less.
I realized that night that all those fantasies I’d had about traditional publishing had nothing to do with why I ever wanted to be an author in the first place. I wanted to be an author because I love telling stories and all I really wanted was an audience to tell those stories to. So, that night as I left the theater and walked back to my car I decided I would self-publish my novel. I realized after watching that play and being moved by its star that it didn’t matter how my book entered the world, just so long as it got there. And even if only one reader ever discovered it and was affected the same way I was affected by Darius Rose’s performance then it’d have to be worth it.
Two years later, in the summer of 2011, I officially published my first novel, Inside the Outside. It went on to become a #1 Best Seller on Amazon.com and won the Grand Prize in the Paris Book Festival. I saw my picture in the newspaper and I started getting invited to speak at high schools, universities, libraries, and even prisons. Readers all over the world began discovering my book and today some of my most enthusiastic fans are in Canada and France and Italy and England and Ireland and Australia.
In the summer of 2015, I published my second novel, The Vampire, the Hunter, and the Girl. By the end of the first day of its launch, it was also a #1 Best Seller on Amazon.com. So, becoming an independent publisher represents without question the best decision I’ve ever made—and the true beauty of independent publishing is there is no reason anybody reading this can’t do the same thing I did. Because of independent publishing, these opportunities are available to all of us.
About The Author
MARTIN LASTRAPES won the GRAND PRIZE at the 2012 PARIS BOOK FESTIVAL for his debut novel INSIDE THE OUTSIDE.
He grew up in the Inland Empire, has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Composition from Cal State San Bernardino, watches his favorite movies over and over again, learned many a lesson from professional wrestling, wonders if he’ll ever be famous enough to be on “Dancing With the Stars,” thinks good stand-up comedy is rare and under appreciated, is scared of Vladimir Putin, wonders if it’s too late to learn how to play the guitar, gets depressed when he hears the theme song from “M*A*S*H,” wonders why Teen Wolf never made it to the NBA, and wants Morgan Freeman to narrate his life.
He is also the host of THE MARTIN LASTRAPES SHOW PODCAST HOUR. Subscribe on iTunes or listen on the official website MartinLastrapesShow.com. New episodes every week.