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Saturday, 8 July 2017

Benjamin is a programmer moonlighting as a security guard at Dystopia, a seedy club that caters to the down-and-outs, the desperates, the addicts. He's been building his reputation, saving for a way out - but when he rescues a young woman from the nearby estate, he may just have stepped too far out of line...

Lucy is ordinary; a girl with a deadbeat boyfriend, a normal life and college studies. But when her world takes an odd twist, she starts to wonder about the people she's meeting, the situations she's in, the odd aversions and attacks happening around her. They're just coincidences...aren't they?

And Zack is in deep trouble. He's losing his girlfriend, drowning in debt, and has dwindling job prospects - and that's not the worst of it. His debt is to people who won't ever forget it, and who want the things closest to Zack's heart: his blood - and his life.

In the heart of Swindon, an ancient order hides in plain sight, spreading their influence through the streets like a disease. But despite their widespread power they are catching up with the modern world: the vampires are going online, and the Order is about to become more powerful than even they would have dreamed...

Author bio: Mild-mannered editor by day, puppet-master of broken souls by night.

Twitter: @ZoeMarkham

Blood Bank: When Writing Was Fun!
Although Blood Bank is the third novel I’ve been lucky enough to have published, it’s actually the first book I ever wrote. Publishing is a slow process at the best of times, throw vampires into the mix, which most agents will recoil from these days like, well, like vampires from the sun, and you’re in for a bumper crop of rejections and a long wait for the right publisher.
Ben and the Swindon Vampires  were born about five years ago now. I was trapped in a job I hated, pulling long hours while my son was at nursery and while I generally tried to sort my life out. I can remember getting hooked on this idea floating around in my head, of vampires getting into the church, and into schools, and basically just getting their teeth into some of the most vulnerable people in society. I had no idea where it came from, but I’d scribble scraps of the story at my desk when I should have been writing code, and peck away at my laptop long into the night when my son was tucked up in bed. It was exhausting, but it was so much fun! Writing Ben, Lucy and Zach’s story at that time gave me the kind of freedom I didn’t have anywhere else. There were no rules, and no limits. It was like taking a holiday from life, without any of the packing or the credit card bills.
With my other two novels, written after and signed before Blood Bank, there were rules AND limits. Certain “commercial” aspects had to be satisfied. Compromises had to be made. My edits on Under My Skin were essentially a full re-write, and White Lies itself was pretty much written to order. A lot of blood, sweat and tears (and gin) went into them, just like Blood Bank (minus the gin), but in a very different way. Which is why Blood Bank feels so different – it’s my debut novel in a very real sense, and I’m not sure how it will sit with readers who’ve already enjoyed my other books.
That makes it as terrifying as it is exciting to finally see it out in the wild. I just hope that the fun I had writing it comes across. It’s dark, and violent, but there’s humour tucked in there too. And hope. And talking of hope, more than anything I hope people will enjoy it enough that I’ll be able to share the sequel, Gone to The DogsBlood Bank ends with a lot of questions left unanswered, and I’ve been working on those answers for the last four years. I’m ready to unleash them!
For me, it’s been well worth the wait for Blood Bank to find a good home. Kristell-ink have been amazing, and they’ve renewed my faith in a creative world that was beginning to feel prescribed and restricted. They’ve reminded me that writing, above all else, should be fun. Wherever and however it fits into your life, you have to enjoy it!

Love, Sarah 

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