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Manteca author finishes vampire trilogy

Manteca High grad Kristin Miller poses with a copy of her book “Last Vamp Standing” inside of Target – the largest brick-and-mortar retailer that picked up the third installment of her vampire tril...

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POSTED April 1, 2013 3:05 a.m.

Kristin Miller wanted to read a very specific book.

She was searching for a story about a girl that had a premonition about her death and then worked closely with the police to solve the murder before it actually happened – a sort-of mystic mystery unlike the books that she commonly came across.

The only problem was that there was a reason she wasn’t coming across books like that – that story didn’t exist.
So her husband came up with a simple solution: write the story herself.

“I thought he was crazy,” said Miller – a 1998 Manteca High School grad and former Tokay High English teacher that took time off from her career to raise her children. “I mean, just look at a book. How was I going to do that?”

Three months later, “Dark Tide Rising” was finished.

The process wasn’t quite what she expected – slightly tedious at times – but it was something that she enjoyed. Little did she know that it would whet her appetite to dive headfirst into pursuing it further and taking a different turn with the angle of her stories – taking advantage of the vampire craze and offering a story that she thought could be written a little bit better than some of the more famous ones out there.

Enter the Vampires of Crimson Bay.

She sat down and came up with the idea, the characters, the story arc – tying them all together in a paranormal romance that she finally felt was good enough to shop around to publishers. And with the help of a literary agent, Avon Impulse – the romantic arm of powerhouse HarperCollins – picked up “Intervamption” and developed a relationship with her that would lead to a three-book series.

The final entry in the series – Last Vamp Standing – was released earlier this month in Target stores across the country.
“It’s a surreal feeling to be sitting in a meeting with the President of Harper Collins and have Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jane Anne Krentz – the biggest names in romance novels – sitting right behind you, asking the same questions that you’d be asking,” she said. “Here I am, this little fish from Manteca here in this huge pond. But I’m a part of it. It’s a group that I’m in now.”

Miller has released additional titles under the ever-popular Harlequin banner, and will release additional books on April 1 and April 17. She’s also under contract to pen more books this year based on a three-chapter sequence that she submitted to the publishing house for review.

“It’s a good feeling when they read just the first few chapters of a story that isn’t even written and have faith that you can write several books based on that,” she said. “But then you actually have to go out and write them.”

She credits her early exposure to books by Stephen King and Dean Koontz – “I was reading those while other kids were reading Peter Cottontail” – to developing the darker side of her writing.

The romance angle, she says, was always there.

“My books have been called a cross between The Matrix and the underworld,” she said. “But I’ve always been a romantic at heart. My husband and I have been married for 11 years, and I think there’s something appealing about taking two people that are lonely and following them on their journey to true love and happiness.

“Getting to be a part of that journey – I don’t think that there’s anything better than that.”

For additional information about future releases or capsules about books already available, visit www.kristinmiller.net. Her books can also be purchased from amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com or through popular e-book reading programs.

To contact Jason Campbell, email jcampbell@mantecabulletin.com or call (209) 249-3544.

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