Aye, I still feel weird calling the novel “Margaret Josette Dupres” by “MJD” because it makes Maggie sound like a rap-star, but it looks like the abbreviation has stuck.
Anyway! I was delighted to receive some questions about it by email so I’d like to relay the answers I sent the other day.
The questions were good, along the lines of:
How is it Maggie is a vampire and did Barnabas change Maggie into one?
How is it they are walking around in the day and don’t need coffins?
Answers: The marriage novel came to me in flashes back in 2013. Glad you were spared the first draft! It was a mess. This is the second draft and much better. I wasn’t sure why they ended up as vampires initially. The wedding night threw itself at me one very surprising morning that autumn.
Then I figured it out! The daylight-walking vampirism will be a wedding gift from Lily Munster. Her and Grandpa Munster, who are vampires, walk around in the day time and can see themselves in mirrors. I also think she’ll do this while still in her norm-disguise in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows. So when the vampirism transfers over they won’t be all pale like Lily usually is. 😀
Then I realised that if Barnabas and Josette/Maggie have been separated for nearly 200 Years they need a bit of immortality to make up for the time lost. So I’m planning that Lily will put the bite on Maggie to start and she’ll give that same bite to Barnabas, who is more than willing to be always under Josette’s spell. ❤
That’ll give having a child difficult, but somehow Lily had a werewolf son, so I worked that out, too. The Dracula-Munster genes are just wacky. ^_^ Then, when Barnabas and Maggie do have a child that child will eventually be faced with the “Tuck Everlasting” question! (To be immortal or to not be immortal?)
I want to add that I have long expected to hear the complaint of Lily Munster being the giver of this type of vampirism to be too corny or cheesy but I have never gotten that complaint. If someone groused about it on social media it never reached me.
(And of course that’s what that stuff is designed for. To wail complaints into a wilderness no one hears but the tech wizards. If you’re shocked by what you see about me or anyone else there? That’s what it’s built for: Shock-value to promote advertisement sales. I prefer an outlandish Marilyn Manson album, myself.)
I’m so glad she asked the questions! Very few people do. It’s frustrating having seen that for years. Emails are pretty simple from where I’m sitting. There are bits of the novel that need be re-written but I’m pacing myself and not worrying about that until the (hopeful) third draft. (That Willie toilet papering chapter was a great idea but needs a major re-write.)
And while I’m posting I just want to offer an “oops” on my latest Hoffman/Stokes romance drabble. I think it needs a re-write, but that was nagging me to finish and post just to have something on the Hoffman/Stokes romance level out there. It’s some slim pickins for that couple!
So, yes. Ask questions if you would like. I might not always have the answers but I can track them down. I am very glad the entry “On The Subject of Victoria Winters” keeps getting read. I know human-downgrading and the fracturing of psyches will be a tough thing to heal from, but I think we can do it. With these long-long narratives it might even be fun! ^_^