Interview with the Rotten Vampire: Claudia Gray (Part 2)

We’re back with Claudia Gray, author of Hourglass. In this post is a spoiler about Book 4, Afterlife, that Claudia says she’s never released to the public before! Gosh, readers, are you spoilt or what?!

So, Claudia – books on your bedside table?

I just finished FURIOUS LOVE. I’m currently reading DAUGHTERS OF KURA. You’ll notice that neither of those are YA paranormal, because I’m currently in the heart of editing FATEFUL. I do keep up with my YA paranormal, but only when I’m not in the middle of my writing process. First up for when I start with the YA again: PARANORMALCY and FIRELIGHT.

Biggest misconception you had/have about Australia that you know is about to be proved wrong?

Honestly, I didn’t find that I had too many assumptions to knock aside — I was eager to see what I’d find. I will say that my one trip to the Australian outback featured rainy, cool weather and verdant greenery, which was not what I was expecting!

Authors that influence your writing:

I don’t think there’s anyone specific. If you’re an avid reader and writer, I think pretty much any book you love has some effect on your writing. The one person whose style probably had the most impact on me (though I don’t know that it influences my writing that much, directly anyway) is Margaret Mitchell.

Tell us one thing your readers would be surprised to learn about you:

I once took a role in a friend’s low-budget science fiction movie, wearing alien make-up, no less. It was never released. Thank GOD.

What’s next in store for Claudia Gray?

Next is finishing my book FATEFUL, which is a werewolf adventure set aboard the RMS Titanic. Then I’ll be turning to BALTHAZAR, about the life, death and subsequent adventures of the title vampire. At the beginning of next year, I hope to start work on SPELLCASTER, a witchcraft-based trilogy.

I realise that most things would be spoilers for those who haven’t read the series yet, but what can we expect from Book 4 – Afterlife (any cryptic spoilers)?

Here’s one I’ve never given out before: Vic will finally have a supernatural “moment” of his own. It won’t go well.

Most important question of the night: would you rather be stuck in the body of a gargoyle spouting water at the entrance to some major gothic castle for a year, or drink only blood for two years? Why?

I’m so grossed out by the blood that I guess I’d have to go for the gargoyle, though that does sound a bit dull. But maybe I’ll catch up on my rest. And maybe the gothic castle will have residents who lead deliciously soapy lives, so I can live vicariously through their dramas.


Thanks for the info, Ms Gray! And thanks to HarperCollins, too.

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Aimee Burton

Aimee Burton is a lawyer-in-training who still dreams of befriending unicorns. This blog will be her escape from reality, and hopefully it'll inspire her to finish writing that fantasy trilogy she's always promising her friends is "almost halfway" done.