Welcome to #Drew-vember here on Textual Love. This month’s Author Spotlight falls on Drew Hayes. We’re going to be having an interview with the Author himself as well as Character Interviews from some of your favorite books as well as reviews of all of his books plus a giveaway or two throughout the month.
Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.
One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to “survive.” Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess
Fred’s dead…or rather undead. You’d think that being a vampire would make you more than. You’d be smooth and strong and sexy and all around the most interesting guy in the world kind of awesome. Nothing could be further from the truth. Meet Fred. He’s tallish, slenderish, and smart. What he isn’t strong (at least as far as vampires are concerned), graceful, charming, or ok with blood and violence. Granted he enjoys his blood, but he doesn’t like the traditional methods of obtaining it. Also, Fred is a wiz with accounting. So, really, his life isn’t much different as a vampire than it was as a human. That is until he decided to step outside his comfort zone and go to his high school reunion. He meets back up with Krystal, a girl he once knew in high school. And from there, the adventures began. After the hair-raising night they experienced, and each figured the other secrets, they decided to see where things led them. And the adventures they had along the way are nothing short of hilarious.
Through Krystal, Fred’s pool of friends increases exponentially as does his confidence. Fred realizes several things about himself throughout this book. I loved the characters in this book, even down to Neil. All of them were fun and engaging and good for Fred because they all had something to offer him and needed something from him in return.
Mr. Hayes always writes such wonderfully engaging characters and this is no different. This book definitely has a different feel than his others. This is also the first traditionally published book. Maybe that’s why, or maybe that difference is what prompted him to traditionally publish it. I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. I love Fred and I’m sure you all will too! So, there’s the answer to the question of whether or not I’d recommend it. This is good for anyone late teen on up, due to themes and such, not violence or nookie.
Drew Hayes is an author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. You can read more of his growing work at his website, http://www.drewhayesnovels.com, send him mail and movie offers at Novelistdrew@gmail.com, or just follow his twitter: DrewHayesNovels. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.
Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.