Caption Contest: win a signed copy of Truly, Madly, Deadly by @BeccaWilcott

UPDATE: @SookieBonTemps, @LaffayetteTB, and I (@BeccaWilcott) deliberated long and hard . . . until the ice cream truck came and I called it. (No one waits for soft serve.)

Congratulations to our winners! Fire me an email at beccawilcott[at]gmail[dot]com with your mailing address and a signed copy of Truly, Madly, Deadly will begin its trek to you!

Francesco: “The Vampire Snuggie. Don’t be caught dead without it.

Emily Wasek: “Dementors aren’t the only ones that can suck out your soul…Truly, madly, deadly”

Honorable mentions:
Tan: “Death Becomes Her”
Rodney Pflau: “And the material is completely sun proof for those times when you absolutely must be out during the day.”
Chase: “On the hunt for Fraggles in the vast blacklands.”

Original Post:

When I had my author photos taken, I gave the photographer one direction: “Make my eyes pop, Carl! That’s all I ask.” It was cold, windy, I was eating my hair, and my eyes were leaking. I grabbed my friend’s jacket, having no idea how honkin’ huge the hood was, and it was like someone tripped a switch. “Wow,” I thought to myself, “This is really dramatic. I bet my eyes are totally popping now!” Upon posting the image on Facebook, a good friend commented, “It’s the Mennonite of the Apocalypse!” I laughed my arse off and have yet to come up with anything better. But I bet you can! Let’s run a contest!

Becca of the Apocalypse (Photo credit: Carl W Heindl)

RULES: Write a caption for this pic in the comments to be entered for your chance to win one of two signed copies of Truly, Madly, Deadly: the Unofficial True Blood Companion. Enter as many times as you like. Do your worst best!

Contest closes Wednesday, May 5. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

Judged: Becca Wilcott, @LafayetteTB, and @SookieBonTemps!

See more of Carl’s work >> here.

Truly, Madly, Deadly: the Unofficial True Blood Companion by Becca Wilcott (Cover)

Cover design by Keith Berry

Beyond excited. So rad. Me likey!

How to Write a Book in 150 Days or What Have I Gone and Done???

Update: Substantive editing is when your editor comes back to say, “Great stuff, but let’s take all of this material and find a flow that reads more like a story.” To that end, the conversations I refer to below have now been embedded into a series of chapters and essays that, really, make us all shine a little brighter. I will, however, run most of the interviews in full here on the blog for your enjoyment and to tip a hat to the people who offered their time and contributions to the success of Truly, Madly, Deadly. Becca

I jest. Surely, I do. Writing Truly, Madly, Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion has been a) a blast, b) a challenge, c) a test, d) one colossal and pleasant surprise.

This ol’ blog has been a sleepy place of late. (Oh, there goes a tumbleweed now. Thought I got them all.) That will change in the coming weeks when I hand in the final manuscript to my editor who will then work that voodoo that she doo doo so well. (She said “doo doo.”) I’ll become more active here, starting with a series of short bios of some of the many people I interviewed during the research for the book.

Research, you might ask. What research? Well, let me tell ya. If you hadn’t already figured it out, Alan Ball is a deeply layered fellow, as is the narrative for True Blood. There’s a lot to talk about. There will be episode analysis, which includes it’s fair share of pom poms but also the occasional, “Really?!” There will be essays on vampire lore, mythology, the politics of popular culture, vampires as metaphor for the LGBT community, and so on.

But to get back to the talking, the interviews feel more like conversations. If you’re reading this, you’re probably online a fair bit, so you completely get that vibe of back-and-forth. We do it all the time in forums, comment fields, IMs, and at a rapid-fire pace on Twitter. We are the information age, because we’ve become the primary source of information. Want to know something? Shout it out on Twitter. You’ll get a dozen replies, all with varying degrees of information and opinion. Even when it’s not useful to you personally, you’ve learned something new, and maybe gained a trusted follower.

All that’s to say that I wanted to bring those elements to the book. So, rather than asking a bunch of questions only to bury them in essays — Although, many thanks to those of you who provided the Mrs. Dash to some of them! — a chunk of my interviews will run as unique sidebars to retain the pace of the conversation and the interviewee’s original voice. Cause that’s the best kind of chit chat, isn’t it? The kind that feels like you could be in a pub or coffee shop, just two people getting more and more jazzed about their topic. Some of these “chats” include Alix Fox from Bizarre magazine; Stacey May Fowles from Shameless magazine on the BDSM elements of Sookie and Bill’s relationship (such a good piece!); Andy Swist on his INCREDIBLE True Blood paper dolls; Karen Walton, screenwriter of the cult film Ginger Snaps on her use of werewolves as metaphor; my interviews with Kristin Bauer (Pam) and Patricia Bethune (Jane Bodehouse); an author you may have heard of, Charlaine Harris; and a whack of bloggers/podcasters/fans. (You’ll get a separate post all to yourselves!)

This isn’t even the tip of the iceberg. Not even the tippy-toppiest of the tip that we’re nowhere near. Like, just don’t even try to see the tip; it’s that tiny.

I’ll post again soon. I just couldn’t keep my fingers from tapping out something quick. All told, there are about 40 conversations, including one mother of an email correspondence I started with Kevin Jackson, author of Bite Me: A Vampire Handbook. Once we were done, I looked back over our emails and thought, “Two writers — one in the U.K., the other in Canada — and we’re firing away about vampires, pop culture, 90210, and moose. Someone else has to find this interesting.” Hopefully, that someone will be you.

Chat soon,

Becca.

Vamp Chic: Posterous Pics and Vids

Posterous is where I scrapbook any pics or vids I come across that are inspired by, or representative of, the pervasive vampire chic that surrounds us.

Enjoy! There’s some doozies in there, including yours truly as Bill Compton for Hallowe’en!

http://rebeccawilcott.posterous.com/

One Vamp: Ah, ah, ah!

Vamp: 70s edition

Vamp-like: The Walrus

Interview (excerpt) with Kristin Bauer — Pam Ravenscroft on True Blood (HBO)

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kristin Bauer who portrays the sultry, sarcastic vamp Pam Ravenscroft on HBO’s True Blood. Read the full interview in my book Truly, Madly, Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion when it’s released in June 2010 with ECW Press.

Alan Ball has released the official tease that Pam’s character may fly her freak flag a little higher with the possible introduction of some Sapphic lovin’, and it’s none too soon! Last week, I asked Kristin about this development. You can read her answer below.

But, first, a heads up about Kristin’s upcoming appearance on behalf of a cause close to her heart. If you’re in Santa Monica this weekend, be sure to drop by LUSH Cosmetics store on Saturday, November 7 in support of the IFAW Tails for Whales campaign. Kristin will be in attendance to voice her support and to meet others who want to get involved!

Kristin Bauer (photo credit: Larry DiMarzio)

photo credit: Larry DiMarzio

Event details:

Saturday, November 7, 2009
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
LUSH Cosmetics
Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA

RSVP to tailsforwhales@lush.com

If you can’t make it, get involved by uploading your photo and learning more at www.ifaw.org/tailsforwhales.

Enjoy this excerpt from my interview with Kristin Bauer!

Becca: In True Blood, there are a number of metaphorical ties to minority rights, particularly gay rights, something that Alan Ball has confirmed will be explored more in Season 3, possibly with your character. Does knowing that your role has social impact affect how you play it?

Kristin: For me, the best part of acting is the doing of it on the set, on the day. Then, it is over for me. I create it, like a painting, and then it leaves my control and goes to live on with someone else. I try to forget about it. So, any future Pam ideas excite me and also make me nervous as a performer because my mind jumps to wanting to do the writing justice.

As far as social impact, that is not something I can control, what the reaction is whether good or bad, helpful or offensive. I appreciate immensely being part of a show that is more than meets the eye, that has many layers and deals with timeless concepts of acceptance and ultimately, tolerance and kindness as we all must share on this floating ball called Earth. It is a big concern of mine in my life, how we can do that better.

But as far as playing Pam, I just want to do a good job and I hope that comes across. The larger concepts, the writing that comes before and the reactions that come after I do my part are not my really province. My job as an actor is a tiny part in the middle, and that is plenty!

Thanks again, Kristin!

Interview with a Sympathizer: Linda

Linda

Linda was my very first “Interview with a Sympathizer.” We conducted our interview over a plate of roasted garlic, breads, and oils — and maybe a few pints.

If you’d to be my next “Interview with a Sympathizer,” CLICK HERE to fill out the handy dandy online questionnaire. Have fun with it!

And, thanks to Linda for being my first. You’re like the vamp child I never had!

Rebecca Wilcott: Are you familiar with The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris?

Linda Brennan: I think of them as The Sookie Stackhouse Novels because they’re all told from Sookie’s perspective.

After Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended, I was looking for something to get me over the gap. Two years ago, a friend in British Columbia said she thought I’d like them. Within days, she’d mailed the first few to me. They remind me a bit of the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum novels. Each series is light reading, written in the first person, and showcases a main protagonist who kicks ass. (Stephanie’s a lingerie buyer who becomes a private detective.) To date, I’ve read all of the books except for the most recent in the series and the Sookie Stackhouse Short Stories that appeared between books.

RW: Before you started to watch True Blood, what had you heard about it?

LB: Not much. I had a “Holy crap!” moment, though, when I first started reading the books. In hindsight, I realized I’d seen some of the viral marketing done to promote the show, but had no idea what it was linked to at the time. I think it was a full page ad for “Tru Blood” in Entertainment Weekly. I hadn’t watched Six Feet Under, but had seen and enjoyed American Beauty.

RW: Between the novels and the series, which deviations have you noted? Which do you like, and which do you dislike?

LB: Sookie more tortured in the novels. And, possibly because it’s written from her perspective, she thinks the most ridiculous things. The books feel more like a coming-of-age tale. In the television adaptation, it feels a bit like they’re trying to get Anna Paquin out of Rogue’s [X-Men] shadow. The Jason/Amy storyline isn’t in the book, nor anything about his addiction to V-juice. Other obvious deviations include introducing Tara’s character earlier. She doesn’t appear in the books until book three, Club Dead. And, her character never becomes involved with Sam, or has had a lifelong crush on Jason Stackhouse. Eggs appears in the book, but doesn’t develop nearly into his storyline on the show.

Lots more after the jump. Click “Read More” below.

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Interview with @BillsBelles: a tribute to Bill Compton, @VampireBill, and Stephen Moyer

When I was a child, I sent fan mail to TV Guide (@TVGuide). This was long before the days of websites and blogging, let alone TiVo. I waited for “The Guide” to arrive in the mailbox with the same anticipation I now reserve for The New Yorker (@NewYorker), because, back in the day, you really didn’t know what was going to be on television until “The Guide” told you.

And, they had a mailing address. So, I figured, in my infinite and youthful wisdom, that if “The Guide” ran all of television, it should be easy enough for them to pass along my carefully crafted, albeit thinly veiled, attempts to reach the celebrity of my dreams.

Flash forward, let’s blast past blogs, forums, chat rooms, and comment threads straight to social media. Twitter, to be specific. What I would have given to interact with @insertfavouritecharacterhere, the very person I was trying to reach.

Shannon from Bill's BellesShannon (@smeykunz) took similar matters into her own hands, when she created the Twitter Bill’s Belles (@BillsBelles), which soon evolved into Billsbelles’s Blog where you can meet a number of the Belles, and catch up with news related to Bill Compton and Stephen Moyer.

I interviewed Shannon about the project, what she finds so hotsy totsy about our boy Bill, and her hopes for his character in Season 3 of True Blood.

Rebecca Wilcott: Tell me how Bill’s Belles came about, and how you all find one another?

Shannon: First, I’d like to clarify that I represent the Twitter Bill’s Belles, not to be confused with any other groups calling themselves Belles. We are made up of a group of women who travelled over from HBO’s True Blood Fan Wiki. Some of us still post on both sites. Along the way, we’ve gathered up ladies that love Bill as much as we do.

Our version of the Belles is slightly different as we concentrate a lot of our time on our good Twitter friend @VampireBill. At first, we chatted to him as the group of us. One day, I thought maybe we should make a Twitter page to post pictures and videos related to Bill and Stephen Moyer. It spiralled into the blog and our other sites.

RW: Which of Bill’s traits do the Belles find most attractive?

(Click “Read More” below to read the rest of this interview, and to watch a clip from Season 1 of True Blood.)

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