FAQ

Q: What’s OVERBITE about?

A: Overbite is a sequel to Insatiable, my 2010 hit summer release and pseudo-sequel to Dracula, in which Meena Harper—a dialogue writer for the soap opera Insatiable—finds out the vampires her producers were trying to force her to incorporate onto the show in a bid to save it from cancellation are actually real! Now Meena’s been asked to join the Palatine Guard, a demon-fighting unit of the Vatican, in their effort to eradicate demons from the earth. There’s just one hitch: Meena’s in love with Lucien Antonescu, the Prince of Darkness…but her new partner, Alaric Wulf, wants nothing more than to see all vampires dead. You don’t have to have read Insatiable to enjoy Overbite, but unlike a vampire, it won’t kill you.

Q: Aren’t people tired of hearing about vampires?

A: This is a strong argument for why vampires might need to be eradicated. Only someone who happened to be in love with one of them might disagree.

Q: Will there be a third book in this series?

A: A third book is not planned at this time, but as long as long as evil exists in the world, there will be certain people who won’t be able to rest (for very long) without feeling the itch to get out there and fight it.

Q: Will there be a third book in this series?

A: A third book is not planned at this time, but as long as long as evil exists in the world, there will be certain people who won’t be able to rest (for very long) without feeling the itch to get out there and fight it.

Q: In Overbite, you suggest that New Jersey is a hellmouth. Aren’t you being a little hard on New Jersey?

A: In Overbite, a hellmouth is described as any place from which evil creatures draw energy. (This explains the success of The Real Housewives franchise. Ha, ha, just kidding, love you ladies!)

So New Jersey is far from alone. New York City happens to have a hellmouth, too, in the form of the Minetta Stream, a real waterway which used to run down the center of Fifth Avenue, but which has been paved over for centuries.

A fountain that was said to have once been fed by the Minetta still stands in the lobby of the NYU dormitory where I worked for ten years while struggling to get published (Hayden Hall, 33 Washington Square West). A similar fountain with a much creepier history is featured in Overbite. www.nycgovparks.com

Q: Is the New Jersey Devil real? I thought it was just a sports team mascot.

A: Since the 19th century, there’ve been rumors about an elusive creature that lives in the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey (and I’m not talking about the many bodies buried there by Tony Soprano and his cronies). The New Jersey Devil has been blamed for cattle mutilations as well as other strange events, including Teresa Guidice. Wikipedia

Q: Overbite features a demon-fighting unit of the Vatican called the Palatine Guard. Is this a real organization?

A: The Palatine Guard was a military unit of the Vatican during the 19th century. It is said to be defunct, but the Vatican says a lot of things we know not to be true. Wikipedia

Q: The vampires in Overbite are old-school. They can’t go out in the sun without bursting into flame or enter a home unless invited. What’s up with that?

A: The vampires in Overbite are modeled after Bram Stoker’s 1897 classic Dracula, which is said to have been inspired by Vlad the Impaler (aka Dracula). Thanks to the popularity of Stoker’s book, there’ve been thousands of books, comic books, graphic novels, plays, television shows, and movies about vampires ever since. Vampires swing in and out of pop culture popularity (Salem’s Lot, The Lost Boys, Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade, Twilight, True Blood), but they never truly go away.

Q: Are there really different vampire clans?

A: Almost every culture in the world tells stories about blood-sucking demons. Not all accounts of vampires are the same, which suggests that different clans probably do exist, just as different species.

Q: Are some vampires or other paranormal creatures rumored to eat human flesh?

A: Though most vampires subsist on blood, mythology tells us that some vampires do enjoy human flesh, just as some bats, in nature, eat the flesh of their victims.

Q: Why does Alaric call Henrique "Padre Caliente"?

A: Alaric is making fun of Father Henrique, who is very handsome. "Caliente" means "hot" in Spanish.

Q: Is Father Henrique based on Father Cutie, the Catholic priest in Miami who famously turned out to be having an affair with one of his parishioners and later left the church to marry her?

A: Although Father Henrique is every bit as handsome as Father Cutie (who is now married and an Episcopalian), he in no other way resembles Father Cutie.

Q: Can some animals really detect the presence of vampires like Jack Bauer?

A: Just as animals can sense earthquakes before they happen, some very sensitive dogs can alert their owners to the presence of ghosts and, yes, even vampires.

Q: What’s the best way to get rid of a vampire?

A: I recommend a steady diet of garlic, especially in Italian food of any kind. But another way is simply not to invite them into your house. Vampires cannot entire a home unless invited.