Larissa Ione, one of the co-authors of BLOOD RED KISS, shares with us how her visions of the future influences her writing! BLOOD RED KISS hits bookstores everywhere on September 20th! 

I love history, and if I could time travel to the past, I’d jump at the opportunity. But my love of history is sort of a new thing – if one can consider “new” as being about 25 years old. The reason I refer to it as “new” is because even though my father was a high school history teacher (who I had for a class!), I hated history until I started reading fantasy and historical romance. Now I’m fascinated, especially by medieval history.

But the future? Ah, now that is an obsession I’ve had for as long as I can remember. Since I saw my very first episode of Star Trek, in fact, and wow, what a vision of the future! It is what humans aspire to achieve, and I want to believe so badly that we’ll make it there.

But alas, even in the Trekverse, long before the human race welcomed our first visitors from space – the Vulcans – we went through some horrible times. War and greed nearly destroyed us more than once. The future is something writers love to speculate about – will we survive our own stupidity? Will we learn from our history? I hope the answer to both of those questions is yes (but given our current state of politics, I’m beginning to doubt that.)

Still, the future captivates me because the possibilities are endless, and my love of all things sci-fi and futuristic is what inspired me to set my MoonBound Clan Vampires series in the future. The timeline is intentionally vague because while it’s set in the very near future, it’s also set in an alternate timeline, one where vampires are “out” and humans have forgotten (or ignored) history and the damage that is done to everyone when a group of people is singled out as “lesser.”

But, just as it has happened in history, those in power are wrong, driven by greed, fear, and a collective superiority complex. Vampires aren’t just sitting around, waiting to be persecuted. Nope, they have a plan. They’re starting to come together, to put aside their petty (and not so petty) differences and fight for what’s right.

Because the future is not yet written, but there is always hope. This is romance, after all, a genre that’s about more than relationships – it’s ultimately about the future. The books don’t truly end with “The End.” There’s the Happily Ever After that leaves us knowing that all will be well in the future no matter how horrible the events of the past have been or how bad the present currently is.

So here’s to the future, baby. May we, as a species, live long and prosper.