Author Michele Hauf has put a twist on the usual paranormal story in her latest book from Silhouette Nocturne , His Forgotten Forever: her hero has forgotten that he’s a vampire! Michele talks about just what could go wrong when a vampire has amnesia…
By Michele Hauf, author of His Forgotten Forever
An amnesiac vampire?
Wouldn’t it be a surprise — if you were the one with amnesia — and suddenly got back the memory that, in order to survive, you must drink the blood from humans. Yikes!
I had to do this to my latest hero, Truvin Stone. Torture him by taking away his memory, then giving it back to him after he’d tasted how good life could be. You see, Truvin was the villain in the previous novel in the Bewitching The Dark series, KISS ME DEADLY. I fell in love with him in that story, despite his evil ways, and knew I had to write his story. Hey, beneath every bad boy is a misunderstood man waiting for rescue. But salvation can never come without a little suffering! 🙂
There are many stories about amnesia on the bookshelves. I do like a good ole ‘so that’s who I used to be?’ story. But I think a lot of times, we look at the whole phenomenon of amnesia from a tainted perspective. We know our memories. So we know what we’d miss.
This is what interests me most about amnesia: If you no longer have your memories, then you don’t know what to miss. You don’t remember having a family. So why would you pine to know if you had one? Well, sure, you’d wonder, but it wouldn’t be a relentless need to know. Same with having had a lover or husband or wife. Unless you’ve a wedding band on your finger, your first thought is not going to be for who is missing from your life. It is a concept that wouldn’t even occur to you. You don’t know what your career used to be, so worrying about what work you’re missing isn’t an issue, either. You’re simply trying to navigate in a world without ties, no bank account (or no idea where that account is), perhaps no home, and certainly no friends.
You can absolutely begin anew if you are not wondering over past issues. It’s stepping forward into a new world. A very unsure and dangerous step, to be sure. You don’t know what you’ve done in the past, so who knows what nefarious creatures or bad deeds will rise again to force you to want to learn what you were once like.
So back to Truvin. He knows he’s lost all memory of his life, yet not the world about him. This is easy to accept because he doesn’t know to angst over what he cannot know is missing. He begins to move ahead. Yet, the scent of blood troubles him. Rather, it attracts him. And then there are the witches chasing him. And the priest who forcefully baptized him. Yeah, you read that one right. Truvin has no clue why anyone would want to baptize him. But when he discovers the truth? This vampire had better get his memory back — fast — before all the misdeeds of his past kill him.
Read the first chapter of HIS FORGOTTEN FOREVER at Michele’s website!