An author who Solarcide is familiar with, we’re proud to have gotten a chance to catch up with Sara Dobie Bauer and discuss her brand new novel, Bite Somebody—Available Now.
Bite Somebody makes you laugh, keeps you guessing, and forces you to turn the page.
Fans of comedy, horror, romance, and all things vampires will thoroughly enjoy biting into this one for sure—you won’t quite see your neighbors the same after meeting Celia, Ian, and Imogene…
Celia is a Pretty Woman fan—is it safe to assume that Sara Dobie Bauer is, too? What are your thoughts if any on the recent news of Garry Marshall’s passing? Are you into other films he made?
I’ll be honest here … I’m not really that much of a Pretty Woman fan. (Don’t tell anyone.) That said, the plot just mimicked Celia’s journey so perfectly. No, not from hooker to high class gal but from awkward vampire to empowered fighter with a man who loves her. Celia and Vivian follow very similar character paths, so her obsession over the movie just seemed like a perfect fit for Bite Somebody.
I wasn’t really into much of Garry Marshall’s work. HOWEVER I loved him as “Satan” in Hocus Pocus. I mean, how could you not? What’s not to love about that movie?
Fans and interested parties can read about your favorite vampire flicks on your website. While Twilight isn’t mentioned but referenced in Bite Somebody, do you have equal admiration and criticism when it comes to Twilight? Or is it one or the other?
I admire Twilight in that it kind of revamped (no pun intended) the bloodsucker mythology. Anne Rice had already given vampires pretty solid footing in the literary community, but I feel like Twilight brought it back to life (I’m really not making puns). Although I’m not the biggest fan of Stephenie Meyer’s dialogue, writing style, or her choice to make vampires glitter, I can’t hate the woman’s work because she made the genre popular again … but I don’t have to love her, either.
Elaborate if you don’t mind on “rejection funks” that you mention in the novel’s Acknowledgments—it’s important for writers to hear about, and also for readers who may not understand that part of the whole process regarding the journey from putting words on page to publication.
Even after you endure the long, painful process of becoming a “published author” with a novel out there in the world, you get rejected almost on a daily basis by literary journals, magazines, agents, and even readers. (Readers can sometimes be the worst.) Being an artist in any medium is not easy. You live in this vacuum and create, create, create. You think your work is perfect and lovely … until someone tells you it’s not. The important thing is quieting the critics and ignoring the trolls. AND be prepared to be rejected, because it’ll happen. Forever. There will always be someone out there who does not like you or your work.
Speaking of journeys, you also talk about how Bite Somebody started as a short story. Are you able to divulge what the whole beginning, middle, and ending of that version was like, and did Imogene show up?
In the short story, Celia and Ian are video game nerds who bond over love of Zelda. As in Bite Somebody, she falls in love with Ian’s smell first and then him as an actual person. There is no Imogene in sight, however, so Celia is extra clueless in the short story (originally titled “I Like Your Neck”). The short story was a simple romance: cute meet, first kiss, first bite, happily ever after. The novel has romance but it’s also got blood hunters, serial killers, and, of course, Imogene—who makes everything better.
How has the process of working with a press, publishing Bite Somebody and promotion been for you so far?
Working with World Weaver Press and my editor, Trysh, has been so much fun. The ladies at my press are so supportive and helpful. As for promotion, it’s a grind, let me tell you. At first, I was really, really into it, but after awhile, as a writer, you just want to write. You don’t want to think about social media anymore. (In fact, some days, social media actually makes me ill.) You don’t want to hand-sell your book or push your product anymore. You still do, because that’s part of the game, but gadzooks, I love sitting at home, by myself, writing all day without giving a single thought to sales.
Sequels are in the works—a Bite Somebody trilogy—any details you can give us about those? Will the follow-up novels take a darker tone, or keep the comedic and romantic elements that make Bite Somebody so successful? Also, will there be any new revelations when it comes to your world and take on vampire mythology?
Well, it’s not trilogy but a duology. Two books. The second book takes place a couple months after the close of the first, and Imogene is the main character (wild applause). Imogene has become something of a force among fans. She’s often the favorite character, so it was so brilliant for my editor to suggest a book from Imogene’s point of view. There will still be wildly romantic and comedic elements in the Bite Somebody sequel, but it is a little darker—because Imogene is darker. There are new revelations, definitely.
“Safe blood use” and the “finger” scene are classic, by the way. Writing comedy so heavily in the world of romance and vampires is challenging—did you find it difficult to incorporate or did it come naturally with these characters?
Comedy was incredibly easy with these characters. I mean, Celia is a walking Three Stooges routine. Ian is so ditzy and cute, it’s impossible to take him seriously. Imogene is obscene and over the top. The comedy flowed forth like blood from a vein. That said, comedy is something I’m usually good at. Even in my more serious work, I’ve incorporated at least a one-liner. I’m powerless not to. I like making people laugh. We all need to laugh more.
Are you into mermaids as much as vampires? Any chance we’ll see some mermaid action in the sequels or future short stories?
Mermaids!! Haha!! Celia goes swimming in the ocean and meets a mermaid. I can see it … But not right now. For the time being, no mermaids in sight. I do have a three-part series coming out next year about witches, though, and I just wrote a comedic horror story about a man with a hook.
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Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. She spends most days at home in her pajamas as a book nerd and sex-pert for SheKnows.com. Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she’d really like to live in a Tim Burton film. She is the author of the paranormal rom-com Bite Somebody, among other ridiculously entertaining things. Read more at SaraDobieBauer.com or find her on Twitter @SaraDobie.