After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in "Human Instincts", she played with shapeshifters in "Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks", and then she dealt with vampires in "The Impaler Legacy" series, before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series.
Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection "Efectul de nautil" and the Romanian edition of "Human Instincts".
She was awarded the Encouragement Award by The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.
Enter Maximilien Hess, a thousand-year-old vampire determined to ruin the existing order of things. When all is revealed, Hess's secret changes everything, and a reluctant alliance is formed because the alternative is much worse.
The Impaler Legacy Omnibus, a vampire saga like no other.
Release date: March 14, 2014
Tell me about yourself.
Hi, I’m Ioana Visan, a Romanian science fiction and fantasy writer. I’m the author of the apocalyptic novella Human Instincts, the paranormal short story collection Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks, and the vampire series The Impaler Legacy. In 2013, I received the Encouragement Award from the European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been constantly writing since the beginning of 2000, and I’ve been a published writer since 2008.
What’s your story about?
The Impaler Legacy Omnibus includes the entire The Impaler Legacy series, all three novellas and three short stories. As the title suggests, it’s a book about vampires, only that in this particular universe Romania is the last vampire-free country in the world. It has been so for over five centuries when Vlad The Impaler had all of the vampires killed and created the Little Council to make sure no vampire ever set foot on Romanian ground again.
Fast forward to present days, Liana Cantacuzino, also a member of the Little Council, is ordered by the President himself to bring in Maximilien Hess, a thousand-year-old vampire. Liana needs to find out what secret Max is hiding and how to deal with it once the truth comes out.
What genre would you consider your book?
The book includes elements of fantasy, paranormal, action, thriller, and romance, but I guess it’s best described as a political thriller with vampires.
Give me some insight into your main character.
Liana is a conflicted character. She’s been told all of her life that she needed to do everything in her power to kill the vampires who dared to cross the Romanian border, she even trained to physically be able to do it, and then she found herself in charge of protecting one of the oldest vampires still alive from her own people. She has some tough decisions to make, endangering people she loves while trying to save everyone else.
What makes your book different from others in its genre?
Well, first, it’s not erotica, and it’s not young adult. But I think what sets it apart best is the concept of Romania being the only vampire-free country in the world, and Vlad The Impaler being the one who made it possible through his constant fight against vampires.
What inspired you to write your book?
Everywhere you turn, if someone mentions vampires, people immediately think of Transylvania and Vlad The Impaler. Having grown up in Transylvania and knowing our history, I thought it was time for someone to set things straight and restore Vlad’s honor.
How did you come up with the title?
The events presented in the book are a direct result of Vlad’s actions (my fictional Vlad, of course), and therefore the title is The Impaler Legacy.
What’s your favorite part of it, without giving anything away of course?
I like all of the emotionally charged scenes. It was a great fun writing them.
What are your writing ambitions?
Knowing the readers enjoy my stories is enough for me.
What do you do when you get writer’s block?
It rarely happens, but if it does, I put the project aside and work on something else. I’m very careful with my deadlines, so I never run out of time.
Do you outline and plot your book as you’re writing or does it go where it goes?
I usually know the beginning and the end. The journey from A to Z is the fun part, and it’s where the surprises appear.
What is your favorite book?
Dune by Frank Herbert. It’s the book that got me into sci fi, and after reading it, there was no turning back.
Are you self published or traditionally published? Do you wish you had gone about the process differently?
I’m both actually. My English titles are self-published, but I also have two traditionally published Romanian books, plus collaborations to several Romanian anthologies. If I had to change anything that would be creating my backlist catalogue much sooner.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Read a lot and write a lot. Improve your craft and don’t give up.
When you aren’t writing, what do you do for fun?
I run a skating site with a group of friends, Absolute Skating. I also enjoy reading, obviously, and exploring foreign cities.
If you could say anything to your readers, what would it be?
Let me know what you thought about The Impaler Legacy and see you in the next book!
Where can we find you?