About the author

P.J. Day 

I was born in Redwood City, California, a suburb 27 miles south of San Francisco, located in San Mateo County. Both mom and dad immigrated from El Salvador; mom in the mid 70’s, my father in the 60’s. My folks then moved down to Southern California because my father, who worked as a longshoreman, hated the Bay Area’s sometimes cool and windy climate and had also heard there were more jobs and opportunities opening up for newer dock workers down south. We first settled in a bungalow rental in San Pedro, and within a year and a half, they managed to purchase a small home down the 405 freeway in Long Beach for about $50,000.

If I were to describe Long Beach, CA in one word, it would probably be ‘eclectic’.  You had your rough parts, your real nice parts, and the ‘transitional parts’ (a  term for a neighborhood that is in-between). We grew up in the transitional part of town; I remember attending a typical Cub Scout meeting with fellow students and then later on that night hearing about a drive-by shooting a couple of blocks away. Later that same year, I recall the billowing smoke from the burnt-down furniture stores a mile away during the L.A. riots. You know what? On second thought, transitional probably wasn’t the correct word describing the neighborhood…it was definitely the hood; however, growing up in North Long Beach taught me a lot about social stratification, and that real life wasn’t all about the cookie cutter characters I grew up watching on TV or film.

Soon after the riots my parents moved us down to a nicer suburb closer to Orange County. Thankfully, I didn’t get into too much trouble during my time in the LBC; my overbearing,  paranoid parents had something to do with that fact and kept me on the straight and narrow for better or worse.

I soon ended up dabbling in acting during high school and carried it over to college, where I was nominated for A.C.T.F. a few times. It was an honor and an opportunity to compete in a festival that recognized the best college performances from around the country. Even though I didn’t have any qualms about letting it all hang out on stage (Literally.  I actually eagerly agreed to do a nude scene during that experimental phase young, wide-eyed, naive actors think adds value and growth to the whole I’m an artist phase), I always was deathly afraid of failure and rejection, and to some degree, paralyzed.

I never carried over my acting talents outside of a couple of summer stocks here and there, and never had achieved the fortitude to test my abilities in the professional world of stage/t.v./ film. I was in the right town to seek opportunities, but I turned them down in favor of steady employment and risk-free stability.

My first real job was working as an assistant director for the YMCA which led me to a position as an account manager for an office technology firm. Fast forward a decade, I got married, had two gorgeous daughters, a nice place, but still somewhat professionally unfulfilled; a feeling that I know some of you probably have, at one time or another, shared with me. Fortunately, I kept many of the friendships from my creative years. Even though none of us were making real money off our ventures, we still continued to push each other to pursue these creative outlets. I continued writing and contributing, unpublished works of course, on major political blogs, Reddit, and other internet communities. I expressed my passion for politics, video games, pop culture– anonymously, of course–without the fear of rejection. Because I kept at it, I received constructive and positive feedback from my peers as a result of my work, leading to the artistic growth and disciplined needed to actually sit down and finish something I started for the first time in my life. However, I still lacked the professionalism and income necessary to establish worth.

During this unfulfilled, but somewhat active, creative stage in my life, I heard about the Amazon Kindle publishing community from a close friend of mine who was experiencing sudden success after many years of heartache and rejection himself. I had agreed with him, especially during the early stages of the program, that Amazon’s Kindle platform was a wonderful and somewhat pressure-free way of publishing one’s work. I thought of the various ways, particularly fiction, that I could express my worldview through the eyes of a paranormal character, who at his core, was still real, current and topical. I chose the vampire genre. A genre saturated with love, romance, cliches, and lately, glitter, and decided to write a vampire who was in tune with his world…our world, and due to his elongated life, was able to tell a different tale. A story about a life rich with unique perspective from a coherent being who’s experienced humanity through its unexpected and rapid change over the past 200 years.

I asked myself, what does love, politics, society, and technology look like through the eyes of someone who’s not only inherently wise and sharp, but could share first hand accounts on the evolution of our interactions and life’s modern pleasures from their relative infancy?

It sure seems like we’re living during some strange times, doesn’t it? Changes abound. Technology is skewing the way we view media, how we seek human interaction, find employment, create, and how we make a living. Productivity is at an all time high but so is labor division and wage disparity. Which is why I chose to place a vampire, front and center, in a story that discusses and romanticize our modern times. Yes, writing a vampire novel is the ultimate example of escapist fantasy, but it is also important to the reader and to myself that–although a vampire is inherently alien due to their supernatural traits–the blood-sucker remain somewhat human too.

On April 11th 2012 my first entry into the King’s Blood serial novel (Vampire Revealed) hit #2 in Gothic and as high as #7 in Vampire, which showed me that there was a market for a vampire novel that strives to be different and quirky. Vampire Descent was the fourth installation of my King’s Blood Serial Novel. It revealed wonderful new concepts that I hoped would further enrich the vampire genre and create wonderful new experiences for readers. Depending on feedback and continued sales of my King’s Blood serial, I hope to continue the series in bold, new and exciting ways, but also I hope that the challenges involved with writing such a complex story and character will enable me to grow as a person and as a writer.

If you’ve taken the time to read this, thank you. If you’ve read my works, and enjoyed them, I hope that I’ve gained a reader for life. Without you, what I do means squat. It’s not about achieving fame, glory, or about the money (a steady income does help the creative mind stay fed, though), it’s about satiating that inner eagerness…to tell a story…about the crazy characters and the strange lives they live that roil and spin like tops inside my head.

So, take a seat, lend me your eyes and ears, and let me tell you a story about…

Comments

  1. Lori Hays says:

    Love this! I totally get the whole “professionally unfulfilled” feeling. I’m there. Also the fear of failure. For that, I have lots of unfinished projects. Maybe one day.

    I love your unique take vampires. I often wondered how an author chose that genre. I certainly never envisioned myself enjoying it so much. I appreciate your insight.

    I enjoy your books as they are thought provoking and produce a window into another world while forcing readers to really think about their own. That is probably what keeps us so engaged!

    Keep the great stories coming; I look forward to following your work.

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