(The Vampire and the Hunter Trilogy #1)
Publication date: March 18th 2015
Genres: Adult, Horror, Paranormal
Adam and Jesus (the vampire and the hunter) have an innate antagonism, which is only heightened once they discover they’re competing for the affections of the same girl. Olivia (the girl) is an aspiring author struggling to write a vampire novel. What none of them yet know is there’s a menacing force looming that will change the course of their lives forever. With the first installment of The Vampire and the Hunter Trilogy, Martin Lastrapes has created a vampire tale that is scary, funny, thrilling, and satisfying to the very last drop.
A Meditation on Writing and Podcasting
I’m the host of The Martin Lastrapes Show Podcast Hour, which is the show that may or may not be an hour long depending on your perception of time and how much I have to say. It’s primarily a show about writing, storytelling, and publishing. It gives me the opportunity to have in-depth conversations with other writers, which I love. It also gives me the opportunity to meditate on ideas in front of a microphone, going into deep thought about topics I feel passionately about. So, you might be wondering, what would compel a novelist to become a podcaster?
On the surface, when you look at them side by side, it may not appear that writing and podcasting have much in common. Writing is generally—and justifiably—seen as a craft of great focus and diligence. Podcasting, on the other hand, is—sometimes justifiably—seen as stream-of-consciousness talking with little-to-no preparation or forethought. For me, writing and podcasting are born out of the same part of my brain, which is the part that loves to communicate my ideas in an engaging and entertaining manner. This, I believe begs a question.
Does hosting a podcast influence my writing?
I think maybe the answer is yes, but I’m not certain that’s true. I’ve dedicated my life to being the best writer I can possibly be for the last 20 years while I’ve only been podcasting for about a year and a half. Long before I was a podcaster myself, I loved listening to podcasts. And before podcasts existed, I loved listening to talk radio. The common denominator there is I’ve always loved listening to people communicate, which, as I mentioned earlier, is why I love to write. Something about it captured my imagination. Often I’d find myself tuning out he radio and having conversations in my head as if I were a call-in guest or the actual host.
When my writing is at its best—and I’m talking about the actual process of writing, not the final result—I’m tapped into my subconscious, my brain and imagination comingling in a pool of synergy, words flow through my fingertips, bouncing off the keyboard, and landing on the page. Frankly, the last several sentences you’ve read are a product of that very process. The same is true for podcasting, at least for me—except, it’s a bit more of a tightrope act. You see with writing, I can let the words fly, knowing all the while I can go back and fix them. With podcasting, the words are being recorded into a microphone and I can’t edit them the same as in writing.
With podcasting, I’ve tried to develop the ability to tap into that flow of words and ideas without falling off the tightrope. I’m not always successful, but I think I’m getting better at it the longer I podcast. In this way, I think it’s fair to say that podcasting does influence my writing. Partly because when I sit down to write—even as I write this—I feel like my ability to focus in on an idea and express it is sharper, comes more easily and fluidly. Truly, the more I do both, the more they feel like the same craft. Whether it’s writing or podcasting, I’m still tapping into the exact same part of my brain that loves to communicate my ideas in the most engaging and entertaining manner I’m capable of.
He grew up in the Inland Empire, has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Composition from Cal State San Bernardino, watches his favorite movies over and over again, learned many a lesson from professional wrestling, wonders if he’ll ever be famous enough to be on “Dancing With the Stars,” thinks good stand-up comedy is rare and under appreciated, is scared of Vladimir Putin, wonders if it’s too late to learn how to play the guitar, gets depressed when he hears the theme song from “M*A*S*H,” wonders why Teen Wolf never made it to the NBA, and wants Morgan Freeman to narrate his life.
He is also the host of THE MARTIN LASTRAPES SHOW PODCAST HOUR. Subscribe on iTunes or listen on the official website MartinLastrapesShow.com. New episodes every week.