Weekend Interview: Barbara G. Tarn

Hello, vampire lovers! This weekend we have the prolific Barbara G. Tarn with us! Though I know a lot about her, you may not, so let’s get to it!

Jo: Hi, Barb! Please tell us a little something about your newest release.

Barb: Mortals Apocalypse is the first for three books that take my vampires to the future. It starts in 2020 and ends in 2150. It’s followed by Through the Centuries with Ishaq’s story from 2040 to 2453 and Alain in Rainbow Town (21st-25th century), and finishes in Vampire War set in the 25th century. I’m thinking the paperback should contain all three, since two are short novels (under 40K) and one is a novella.

Mortals Apocalypse and Through the Centuries are already out, Vampire War comes out at the end of the month. More on the series and how it mingles with Future Earth Chronicles here.

Stay tuned for the bundle that will contain Mortals Apocalypse and other vampire novellas and short novels!

J: What inspired you to write Mortals Apocalypse?

B: I introduced vampires in Future Earth Chronicles in Book 2 – Wanderlust. I knew they’d survive the apocalypse that wiped away Western civilization in the second half of the 21st century. Covid happened right when I was considering writing more about that apocalypse, from the vampires’ point of view. So this is the story of our fall from grace, from five immortals’ point of view – Rajveer, Kris, Ingolf, Miyako and Claire. Rajveer and Kris had their own books in the series, but I still have to write about Ingolf, the Wandering Vampire. Miyako was already in the series, as secondary character, but became more important in the future, so I had to explore her. And Claire, who graces the cover, is a newcomer, although she appears in the last book of Future Earth Chronicles.

J: That sounds really intriguing! What was your favorite part of writing it?

B: Making up a plausible future that would lead to the apocalypse and the collapse of the various countries on Earth. Sometimes it’s human mistakes, sometimes it’s solar flares, sometimes it’s a horde of Romanian vampires… and I didn’t have to go too deep in technology details, since none of the point-of-view characters is a tech expert, although Kris, Miyako and Claire are all fairly updated, being born in the 20th century and everything.

J: That does sound fun. What was your least favorite?

B: Going into technological details, although I was helped by articles on smart-cities and AI and brain-computer interfaces and all that futuristic stuff!

Jo: Yeah, sometimes research can be fun and sometimes… Moving on, do you have a favorite character? Why are they your favorite?

B: Rajveer, of course. He’s the one who started the whole series, so he opens and closes the longer books of this “trilogy”. He came a long way since that night in Chittor when he became a vampire! Like me, he doesn’t like the changes much, but he goes along with them. In previous books he had to fight Mighty Menka, the Asian vampire, in this one he’ll have to fight Zalmoxis and the strigoi… no spoilers on who he’ll be fighting in the vampires war!

Jo: Ha ha! I should have guessed that! So, what do you have planned next?

B: I have already written, but will publish them in January and February, the prequels to Future Earth Chronicles, or the apocalypse seen from the alien humans’ point of view, as well as the sequels a few years later. It has been an interesting journey so far, and I even got to write an inheritor story. Then I’ll probably go back to those vampires and write more about them. Tell Helios’s full story (you can check Olympia Nights in The Phantom Games), Ingolf’s travels, Solveig’s eternal search… We’ll sea. I love historical fantasy and alternate history!

Jo: Okay, we’re getting close to the end here. Tell us one interesting thing about yourself or your book.

B: My series deals with vampires through history – now even going into the future – but it’s not really paranormal romance. Actually, there is very little romance, although in Mortals Apocalypse we see Rajveer and Kaylyn celebrating anniversaries like a married couple (although they never got married with any country’s law or religious ceremony, but they’ve been together since 2005). So I always have trouble finding the right shelf and keywords when I publish books in this series!

Flash fun round!

Last vacation?

Las Vegas for the Anthology Workshop (where I sold another vampire story that will come out on Halloween 2021) just before the Covid outbreak.

Favorite planet?

Good question! This one is fucked up, but reaching the closest similar to it is impossible… except with imagination, of course!

Your spirit animal?

The unicorn, of course. Or a horse if you don’t believe in unicorns…

Thanks so much for joining us Barb! Be sure to check out her work at:

Her blog https://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com/

Her books https://www.unicornproductionsbooks.com/

You can also find her work in the Nightly Bites bundles from Bundle Rabbit!

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