Violent Violet Series, by Tara VanFlower
Violent Violet-Book 1
Life is fucked up. Violet has just lost her parents to a car accident. She's stuck with an abusive boyfriend whom she can't seem to muster the courage to leave. And she's so mired in her own misery she takes it out on those who do love her. Then along comes a mysterious stranger named Roman who slaps her in the face with reality. But what is reality? Who is she? Who is Roman? Life, Death, Love, Lust, Blood, Violence, & Vampires. Welcome to Violet's Violence
In a typical rural town in the Midwest filled with good people, rednecks, and maladjusted youths, Violet is a death rock girl in her late teens. Between her friends, some vampires, and a vampire hunter, her life is spiraling out of control. While struggling with the loss of her parents to a car accident, as well as her chaotic and abusive lifestyle, she meets a mysterious man named Roman, whom she is drawn to for reasons she doesnat quite understand. As mysterious events begin to unfold around her, she discovers a secret about Roman, drawing her closer to the dark world he inhabits. He is her champion and may be the key to unlocking the secret of who she truly is. What they learn changes the course of their lives forever.
Crushed Violet-Book 2
Vampires! Seriously? What's next? Leprechauns? Wait, don't answer that question. As if her parents dying and breaking up with her asshole boyfriend wasn't enough, now Violet's attacked by freaking vampires and then finds out the guy she's been seriously lusting after is some sort of.. what? VAMPIRE KILLER? Now Violet and Roman have to go to Chicago to hang out with an actual vampire and find out just what the hell his connection is to her. All while also trying to figure out their feelings for each other and how they fit into each other's lives. Betrayal. Blood. Vampires. And Love. And let's not forget the danger. There's always danger. These are the days of V's life.
From the author: Violet started as a dream. One night I had an incredibly detailed dream about my friends and I on an adventure with vampires. When I woke up in the morning I was retelling the story to Mike and halfway through I said I’m going to write this.
Violent Violet was completed about six months later.
There have been a few versions of the story. Some are probably still out there in the world somewhere. The currently released versions are the final versions. No more fiddling. Time for more stories with new characters and some familiar faces. Each book is related in some way to the previous books. I love their world, their evolution, histories, pasts, and futures. I love that their world is fully shaped and also amorphous.
I want very much for people to connect to their world. I want you to know them as well as I know them. These people are not my friends and I, they are their own living, breathing entities with their own thoughts, opinions, and experiences. They don’t go where I want them to go, they show me where they used to be and where they want to belong.. Even when they fail to get there.
I know them intimately, and yet I learn new things about them I seriously never expected or imagined. It sounds strange to say this about characters I created, but it’s true. It makes me wonder sometimes if I made them up, or I found a way to tap into another dimension. It’s cheesy, I know, but I could never have predicted some of this stuff.
I rarely talk in detail about my writing because truthfully, I’m insecure about it. Music I know and am comfortable with, for the most part. Writing? It’s like opening a diary. I am always fearful about people drawing conclusions or assuming things about what’s in the story. It’s hard to let go. It’s hard to put yourself out there to be cut down.
Welcome into the private world of people you don’t know (yet). Try not to judge them too harshly… they’ve got a long road ahead.
Tara Vanflower is a vocalist whose music has been described as ambient, experimental, and darkwave.
In October 1994 she became a vocalist for darkwave outfit Lycia. She married fellow band member Mike VanPortfleet.
Her debut solo album, This Womb Like Liquid Honey, was released in 1999. This was followed in 2005 with My Little Fire-Filled Heart.
Vanflower appeared on the Type O Negative song "Halloween in Heaven" off their 2007 album, Dead Again.
She has also appeared with side projects Black Happy Day with Timothy Renner, Secondary Nerve with Daniele Serra and numerous collaborations including Oneiroid Psychosis, Dirge, Numina, The Unquiet Void, Falling You and Methadrone.