I recently interviewed Xan Marchelles, vampire and rock musician from Crooked Fang He’s one saavy vampire!
Here, have a Bloody Mary on me. Let’s talk about Crooked Fang.
Bloody Mary huh? Can’t take much of that food stuff, and there’s food stuff in those, but it’s all good. I think I can hold out ‘til we’re done. Go ahead with your questions there Joyce, and thanks for inviting me in.
What do you do in CF? Tell me more?
Crooked Fang the band, or the book? Well, in the band I play bass. I also make a lot of decisions since it’s fair to say it’s pretty much my band, but we’re a unit, kind of like a family, so that’s not always necessarily true either. Clear as mud, right?
In the book, well…that’s kind of why there’s a book. Let’s say I like to keep to myself, but trouble has a lucky way of finding me, no matter where I’m at. Lots of shit happens, and throughout it all, I find out a little bit about myself. Feelings and stuff. Don’t look at me like that. [laughs]
Now, vampirism and music. How similar/different are these two concepts?
Vampirism and music…never really thought of them being as similar, to tell the truth. One takes away and one gives, so I guess in the contrast they do kind of match in a weird opposites-attract kind of way.
Then there’s that enthrallment when you’re listening to your favorite band, real good shit, and you just kind of…zone out. I have that passive ability when I need to take blood, so there’s that. Oh, and I guess both music and vampires are immortal too. How else could you explain people still listening to Chopin today when it was written like forever ago? And we both evolve. Music changes through the ages, follows trends, yet stays restrained to that same old formula, which is the language of such, kind of like we do. There’s rules you don’t break, or you don’t make it to the next night.
Music’s just a hair more flexible.
Never met one in my life.
Describe the heat level in CF.
Heat level? Ha, funny you say that. Something catches on fire. Then maybe I also start a few of my own. Guess you’ll have to wait and see.
Thanks for the quick chat Joyce, enjoy your Bloody Marys. – X
But until you can check out Crooked Fang, (that’s coming out in August 2012) you can get the latest mess I’ve been in, and that’s Blood and Fire, co-written between Nerine Dorman and Carrie Clevenger. Here’s the official spill for that thing:
Bassist and all-round slacker Xan Marcelles spends his nights at a remote tavern in Pinecliffe, Colorado. But there’s something else, he’s also a vampire, and although he reckons he has a handle on this secret, he’s not prepared for the day when people he thinks are the FBI drug him and haul him away.
Ashton Kennedy isn’t human anymore and, as a member of a race of beings known simply as Inkarna, exists through the aeons by stealing bodies. At first his mission seems simple enough: break into the stronghold of a rival Inkarna House and liberate an artifact. He doesn’t bank on discovering a vampire, bound and tucked away neatly in a sarcophagus.
The two unlikely allies are thrown together in a house of mysteries, and have to battle overwhelming odds against an implacable enemy. The question is, can they overcome their differences long enough to make it out alive, or undead?
Blood and Fire on Amazon (currently only version available) – http://www.amazon.com/Blood-and-Fire-ebook/dp/B006SD3F2S/
Just My Blood Type, free teaser collab prior to Blood and Fire – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/68457
Crooked Fang website – http://www.crookedfang.com/
Crooked Fang on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/CrookedFang
Nerine Dorman on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nerine-Dorman-author/173330419365374
Carrie Clevenger – @carrieclevenger
Nerine Dorman – @nerinedorman
Xan Marcelles – @crookedfang