The character sketch allows a hero or heroine to tell readers about himself or herself. Today's interview is with vampire Alexandra Gage.
Title: Vampire Territory 1: Drinking Partners
Genre: Urban Vampire Romance
Author: Allie Ritch
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Being the master vampire for the Mid-Atlantic Territory is a tough job. Between the Human Rebellion trying to kill him with poisonous suicide donors and snobby born vampires bucking his authority, Lucas Thane has his hands full. What he needs is a regular drinking partner to feed from and a bigger power block. He finds both in the form of Alexandra Gage, the master of the territory south of his.
Alex could use a little help herself, but she has no intention of letting Lucas take over. Turned into a vampire against her will, she has had enough control taken from her. She'll never let Lucas usurp her right to rule, but will she let him steal her heart? Passion ignites between them, and it's amazing what vampire bodies can do.
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About the Character
Name: Alexandra (Alex) Gage
Age: late 20's
Birthplace: the vampire-free states, US
Profession: Master of the Southern Territory
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): vampire
Describe her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Alex is average height for a modern woman and athletically built. Her tan has faded and the highlights in her dirty-blonde hair have darkened because she hasn't been able to go out in the sun since being turned into a vampire. While her blue eyes have stayed the same, her strength, reflexes, and senses have all increased exponentially since she was turned.
Who is the significant other in your character's life? Lucas Thane. He's her lover, her drinking partner (they exchange blood), and her political partner, though she has to watch him closely to keep him from stealing her territory out from under her.
How does your heroine dress?
Soon after being turned into a vampire and taking over as master of the Southern Territory, Alex starts wearing hoodies and jeans. For one thing, she doesn't have a lot of time to shop, what with other bloodsuckers trying to kill her and take over power. For another, older vampires can be misogynistic bastards, and she likes that many mistake her for a man. Rumor gets around that she's a cowled monk—some ancient vampire gone crazy—and she runs with the image. Lucas later upgrades her to a full-length brown leather coat with a hood. Of course, her favorite accessories are a semi-automatic pistol and a sword.
What special skills does your character rely on? Alex relies on her superior speed to defend her position as a master vampire and to kill male vampires who are bigger and stronger.
What does she have a knack for doing?
She has a definite knack for drama. There's nothing like showing off a severed head to your subjects to get them to fall in line.
Does this character see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray? If Alex didn't see the world in shades of gray before, she certainly does after being turned into the thing she hates most: a vampire. She has a strong conscience, yet she's willing to do whatever it takes to protect herself and those closest to her.
If someone from your character's past showed up, who would she most want it to be, and why? OR who would she most NOT want it to be, and why?
She would NOT want to see her family members. They assume she's dead, and she wants it to stay that way. She knows they couldn't accept that she now has fangs.
What would help your character face hardship and meet any challenge?
Alex is tough and can handle a lot on her own, but meeting and falling for Lucas gives her the extra strength she needs to tackle anything. She trusts Lucas with her life and wants him as her partner in every way. But can she trust the cunning vampire not to steal her territory?
How does your character express disappointment?
Alex has one main rule for her vampire subjects: no harming the humans or drinking from anyone who doesn't volunteer. She tends to shoot anyone who breaks this rule and disappoints her.
You live in a violent world. How did you find love under the circumstances?
It was more like love found me. Lucas showed up on my doorstep looking to do a little political maneuvering between master vampires. The sexual attraction between us was instantaneous. Then I got to know him better, and I was a goner, though real trust between us took a little longer.
What's it like making love to another vampire?
(Alex grins). There's a lot of sucking involved.
What is your philosophy in life?
I'm not really the philosophical type. I tend to focus on the present, and at the moment my strategy is simple. Survive, squash my enemies, and enjoy the pleasure I share with Lucas.
About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.
To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions.
Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I think Allie Ritch enjoys action scenes and was ready to write a heroine who is a real warrior—one who doesn't need a man but is certainly strong enough to handle a master vampire, both inside and outside the bedroom.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
Before I taught her about weaponry, Allie knew nothing about guns. Zilch. She kept asking me where the safety was on my Glock and what a caliber meant. It was embarrassing.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
She's creative. I respect that. Maybe I'd do something more artistic with my creativity if I weren't busy fighting other bloodsuckers. Instead, I apply my skills to building more innovative booby traps around my home.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
The sequel to Drinking Partners. Allie has already drafted it, and I'm glad. My story and the stories of the vampires with me are far from done.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
Yeah. Did you have to let me get shot? I know I can handle it, but bullet holes still freaking hurt! Then again, the multi-orgasmic sex with Lucas is amazing, so I guess that makes things even.
Allie Ritch is a multipublished author of sizzling scifi and paranormal romance. She has an active imagination and enjoys entertaining others through storytelling. Allie lives in her own little world in the Southeastern United States, where she spends time appreciating the ocean and sunshine.
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