INTERVIEW WITH DANIELLA ROLFE from DARK DIARY by Dawné Dominique
Hello, readers. As promised, below is Daniella Rolfe's interview. I'm so relieved I came out of these unscathed. *whew* Q: Ms. Rolfe—
A: Call me Daniella.
Q: Daniella. Thank you for granting me this interview.
A: I didn’t. Aiden thought it would be a good idea.
Q: I’ll have to thank him. May I ask why you don’t like being interviewed?
A: I tend to keep you mortals at a distance. My blood cycle is approaching—
Q: Blood cycle?
A: I'm not like vampire kin who need to feed every night. I must digest blood once a month and within three days. It's a little like a menstrual cycle, only backwards.
Q: That’s different. What happens if you don’t feed within three days?
A: Hope that you and I never meet. The hunger takes over and the blood madness follows. People die. Over the centuries I've developed staunch habits to ensure I feed in a timely fashion.
Q: Centuries? How old are you?
A: You do know it's impolite to ask a woman her age, don’t you?
Q: Yes, but you’re no ordinary woman.
A: Touché. I gave up counting years ago, but there was once a time I thought I was about seven centuries old. Things have transpired recently, and I’ve discovered I’m far older.
Q: How much older?
A: How about we leave it at seven centuries?
Q: Absolutely. I didn’t mean to offend. Let’s talk about Aiden.
A: My favorite subject.
Q: You and Aiden met in a small prairie city in Canada, correct?
A: Yes, in Winnipeg. A quaint, beautiful city, and one we hope to return to soon and live out the rest of our days.
Q: How did you and Aiden actually meet?
A: My penthouse was broken into by some petty thieves. Aiden had been assigned the task of investigating the crime, but unbeknownst to me he was also working on another case. A serial killer was loose on the streets of Winnipeg killing off my monthly lovers, excuse me, monthly fodder. He was the lead detective searching for the murderer.
Q: Damn, that’s horrid!
A: Sometimes in the realm of horror, good can come from it.
Q: Good analogy. You two hit it off pretty good, eh?
A: I see there’s some Canadian in you.
Q: Excuse me? Oh, the “eh”. I rarely use it, I swear.
A: To answer your question, I fell in love with Aiden the moment I first saw him, though I fought against it with every ounce of my essence. A man of authority, a cop, is dangerous to creatures such as I. And love? What did I know of such a mortal emotion? He awakened something dormant inside me and brought out my humanness.
Q: But you’re a vampire.
A: I'm half vampire, half human. I was born a blood drinker.
Q: Whoa! What? Aren’t vampires usually turned?
A: We call it “the veiling” and yes, vampires come into existence through the interlacing of blood. They are my kin, but I'm nothing like them, except for the unrelenting hunger that comes once a month. I had once thought I was the last of my kind, but there is one more. My father, Sanehet.
Q: So your mother was human and your father a vampire?
A: He was an Egyptian demi-god.
Q: You're kidding?
A: I never kid.
Q: Then that means vampires have been around for –
A: Since the beginning of man.
Q: You’re joking?
A: I don’t joke either. Aiden is the comedic relief.
Q: You mean to tell me that vampires walked this earth since the days of Adam and Eve?
A: To learn the truth of that, I suggest you speak with Addison Eden. And it was Adam and Lillith, not Eve.
Q: Who’s Lillith?
A: His first wife.
Q: Holy crap! I learn something new every day.
A: There is a lot you mortals don’t know. Your bibles are storybooks, recounts of events written and rewritten so many times that no one knows what's fact or fiction anymore. The Alluminatae, who some profess to be a vampire’s bible, believe in the same nonsense. As a writer, you know that one person’s rendition of something is entirely different from another.
Q: True, but religion? A vampire’s bible?
A: You repeat yourself a lot, don’t you?
Q: Only when I’m shocked.
A: Everyone is entitled to believe what he or she wishes. I'm not that naïve. What god would create creatures such as us?
Q: True. No one believes in vampires.
A: Or vilkacis.
Q: What a vil-ka-size?
Q: You mean like in werewolf?
A: Why are you surprised? You’re interviewing a vampire, and not just any vampire, but a First.
Q: Yes, but... Why do you call yourself The First?
A: Because I am from the first bloodline.
Q: Wow. That’s so cool.
A: There is nothing cool about what I am. I'm a blood drinker. I hunt every month to feed from one or several of you. I prefer taking someone of bigger stature to ensure I replace all the blood in my system. In this way, fodder is not in danger of being drained to death. I take what I must and my magic ensures they remember nothing of the incident.
Q: In other words, you don’t kill.
A: I never said that. Some souls don't have a place here.
Q: So you play God?
A: I would suggest you ask him yourself.
Q: *gulp* Well look at the time.
A: Yes, it is getting rather late, almost midnight. I must sleep.
Q: Oh, that’s right. You sleep at night, unlike the other vamps that have to sleep during the day.
A: I'm a day dweller, for now, but things can always change.
Q: What do you mean?
A: To answer that you'll have to read The First series.
Q: Now that’s clever.
A: I thought so.
Q: Well, Daniella, it’s been a pleasure to speak with you. I hope we have an opportunity to do this again.
A: Time will tell.
Eden's Hell by Dawné Dominique
Book 1 of The First series
Genre: urban fantasy
About Eden's Hell:
In the beginning…Source: Info in the About Eden's Hell was from the press kit from the publicity team.
God created man and called him Adam, a fine specimen replicated in his own image. He then created woman to ease Adam’s loneliness and named her Lillith. Unfortunately, God realized his mistake too late in giving woman free will, for she would rule her domain-not man. When Lillith left Adam, God created another for his first-born son, and gave her the name Eve and a kingdom called Eden, but by then it was too late, for he’d unleashed Hell into the world of man.
Dark Diary by Dawné Dominique
Book 2 of The First series
Genre: urban fantasy
About Dark Diary:
The lives of a deranged serial killer, a seven centuries old First vampire and a City of Winnipeg detective collide in this second novel of Dawné Dominique’s The First series. Daniella Rolfe, a seven-century old First vampire is unwittingly drawn together with a City of Winnipeg detective, who happens to be investigating a string of some rather bizarre serial murders. It doesn’t take long for her to discover that this mere mortal man holds more power over her than any she’s ever known. And Aiden…he’s only dreamed about women like Daniella. Blood battles and broken vows are just the beginning of Daniella Rolfe’s woes.Source: Info in the About Dark Diary was from the press kit from the publicity team.
Kindred Blood by Dawné Dominique
Book 3 of The First series
Genre: urban fantasy
About Kindred Blood:
There is nothing thicker—or stronger—than kindred blood.Source: Info in the About Kindred Blood was from the press kit from the publicity team.
Being married in Scotland sounds like the perfect romantic getaway, doesn’t it? For Daniella Rolfe and Aiden Blackmore, the nightmare they’d left behind was just the beginning. When Aiden is kidnapped, Daniella will go to any lengths to ensure he’s brought safely back to her, no matter the amount of blood to be shed. Together with Spencer Dalton, a private investigator she hired to help find Aiden, they begin to unravel more than they bargained for.
Broken vows are the least of Daniella’s worries now.
Crimson Cries by Dawné Dominique
Book 4 of The First series
Genre: urban fantasy
About Crimson Cries:
Can she leave behind her past in order to do what’s necessary for the future?Source: Info in the About Crimson Cries was from the press kit from the publicity team.
When Paladin Sandalio, prince of the vilkacis race, shows up at her door with the same cryptic warnings as her father, Daniella Rolfe has no choice but to believe the Nuasiar Nine walk the world again. With vamps and wolves dying side-by-side, and innocents caught in the crossfire, she knows it won’t be long before the veils are set asunder. Trusting those she’s detested for centuries is no easy task, but learning that entities like them were not created by accident will be the greatest challenge of all.
New vows will be taken—now she will show them real fear.
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Meet The Author
A multi-published and award-nominated author of paranormal erotic romance and fantasy, Dawné Dominique’s novels instantly hook readers until that last page is read.
Although published in the US, she’s a Canadian author through and through. The second novel of her vampire series, Dark Diary, II: The First, is set in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she resides with her family, and Gunkers, a stray cat she recently saved, and Chumbly, their newest addition to the feline household.
She embraces life with one simple rule: “Everything in life happens for a reason, be it good or bad, and it’s because of this we learn to never take anything for granted.”
Her latest books are in The First Series: Eden’s Hell, Dark Dairy, Kindred Blood and Crimson Cries.