Q&A: Debbie Viguie (Kiss Trilogy)
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT WHERE YOU GOT THE ORIGINAL INSPIRATION FOR THE KISS TRILOGY?
In college I was upset about the fact that there weren't strong Christian characters showing up in horror stories. I enjoyed reading vampire novels at the time and I kept thinking it would be wonderful if the protagonist was someone I could relate to. Vampire lore is very heavily based on religious ideas and symbolism (crosses, holy water, etc.) so it seemed a natural fit to me to have a Christian character pulled into this world they never dreamed of. I decided that since no one was writing the story I wanted to read that I should write it myself.
FROM INCEPTION TO COMPLETION, HOW LONG DID THIS SERIES TAKE?
20 years. It was definitely a labor of love and it took a lot of patience and persistence to see it through to the end.
WHAT ARE SOME TOPICS YOU APPROACH IN THE SERIES?
The main theme of the trilogy is redemption. Namely, can anyone truly be redeemed and what does that mean? Other themes that run heavily through the series are faith, the power of love, and standing up for what's right. Another thing I did was to give each book a topic and to head each chapter with a verse on that topic. They are: blood, death, and the cross.
CAN YOU TELL US WHAT MAKES THIS SERIES UNIQUE?
I have vampires who are vicious, dangerous creatures who also have been touched by the grace of God and become Christians. I created my own vampire mythology for the series. In it, vampirism is a curse that is passed on to someone who is so evil that it is unlikely they will ever repent and find God in the span of an average human life. Crosses only burn those vampires who still struggle against God instead of siding with him. Another great thing about the series is how the past and the present are woven together and the deeper the heroines delve into their own family history the more they realize that what happened hundreds of years ago has a direct impact on them today. I get to tell two different stories, essentially. One happens in the present and the other happens in the middle-ages.
WHO ARE SOME OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS IN THE SERIES?
The three hero vampires are Raphael, Gabriel, and Paul who is actually a monk. Raphael is the one struggling with the idea of redemption and the love of God in the modern day whereas Gabriel accepted it during the dark ages and Paul long before that. The human heroes in the present day are Susan, a young woman who has come to Prague for the funeral of her grandmother, her cousin Wendy, and David, a bystander who got pulled into everything along with them. Susan and Wendy soon discover that their ancestors have had dealings with vampires dating all the way back to a woman named Carissa who was falsely accused of a crime in the middle ages and escaped death with the help of Gabriel.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE READERS GET OUT OF THE SERIES?
First and foremost I hope readers enjoy the story. I'd also love it if it made them think a bit more deeply about some aspects of Christian life that we just take for granted.