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Tell us about your latest book.

My latest novel is the second in my Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series. The first was called The Vampire Shrinkand the second, Dark Harvest. The series explores the ongoing story of a Denver psychologist who stumbles into a hidden vampire underworld. The books blend genres: urban fantasy, romance, mystery, humor, sex and are written with a contemporary vibe.

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Lynda, I understand THE VAMPIRE SHRINK was your first book-length novel. What inspired you to write this book?

Well, there's a two-part answer to this question. First I'll tell you what inspired me to switch from writing nonfiction to writing fiction. Four years ago, I was teaching a hypnotherapy class and one of my students noticed the vampire books on my shelf (Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Stephen King, and lots of reference books about historical blood drinkers and psychological disorders involving vampirism). She asked if I knew about something called "vampire romance"? I said I'd never heard of it. She proceeded to enlighten me about the hundreds of books listed under "paranormal romance." What an education!

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I asked Kismet Knight, the psychologist main character in my Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series (book #1: The Vampire Shrink and book #2: Dark Harvest) and her friend, resident witch, Victoria Essex, to talk about some of their favorite things: Halloween, vampire males, magic and one particular immortal. Take it away ladies . . .

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Local Denver author, Lynda Hilburn, pours ice into your veins as she heats up the bloodsucking romance with her Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist series: The Vampire Shrink and Dark Harvest, both from Medallion Press.  A third book is on the way.

Hilburn explained her work. “Festering, cadaverous, hygiene-challenged bloodsuckers who crawl out of graves to steal your children? Hideous, terrifying, long-fingered, dark visions from your worst nightmare? Walking corpses? Not even close.

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Hi Lynda. I'm very happy to have you  here as a guest and I look forward to exploring your Web site in more depth. What else would you like to tell us about yourself, right up front?

I live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to being a paranormal writer, I’m a licensed psychotherapist, certified clinical hypnotherapist and professional intuitive.

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Somewhere on the way to today's multiplex, the traditional horror-movie vampire received an extreme makeover. Max Schreck's Count Orlok of 1922's "Nosferatu" -- bald, hunched, with claw-like hands, bug eyes and shark-like teeth -- morphed into the hollow-cheeked, Abercrombie & Fitch model looks of "Twilight's" Robert Pattinson, all James Dean glowering and choreographed hair.

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Q.) First can you tell us about your Kismet Knight series?

L.H.) I’d love to! Kismet Knight is a Denver psychologist who has become a little bored with her life. She yearns for excitement – for professional fame and fortune. When a new client comes to her office claiming to be part of a hidden vampire underworld, Kismet thinks she’s found a new, trendy diagnosis, as well as the key to an Oprah appearance! Vampire wannabes! Of course, she doesn’t believe the story for a minute. Everyone knows vampires don’t exist. Or, do they?

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Metromix Indianapolis Interview

With dark features and glossy red lips set against a canvas of pale skin, this creature boasts an allure like none of its supernatural peers.

It needs you. It needs you to want it.

And it’s that treachery and temptation that’s shot the vampire into the realm of modern-day sex symbol.

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Amberkatze’s Book Blog Interview


Armchair Heroines Interview


Darque Reviews Interview


Literary Escapism Interview Interview


Patricia’s Vampire Notes Interview




Fresh Fiction Interview

Every few years, a dance/theater production, “Theatre of the Vampires,” is staged in Boulder, Colorado (where I live), in a spooky, old theater. Happily, the show was performed this past Halloween and, since THE VAMPIRE SHRINK -- my first book in a series about a Denver psychologist who becomes involved in the vampire underworld -- had just been released, the producers asked me to appear.

Hundreds of people passed my table -- many stopping to claim a postcard, examine a copy of my book or ask a question. A wonderful time was had by all, and I sold every copy of the book I brought. (Many thanks to my publisher for the gorgeous, full-page ad they ran on the back page of the playbill!)

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Fallen Angel Reviews Interview

To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current book Diary of a Narcissistic Bloodsucker?

I wrote Diary of a Narcissistic Bloodsucker for possible inclusion in an anthology (which wound up not happening). The anthology wanted stories about paranormal beings who were "unique" in some way. I had been reading a lot of vampire stories (I just can't seem to get enough vampire stories!) about vampires who felt evil or bad or in need of redemption. I just wondered what it would be like to write a story about a vampire who not only loved being a vampire, but who had lived for so long that most normal human emotions no longer applied to her. Zara, the main character, is a little -- let's say -- self-absorbed. But, she sees the world in a humorous way, and isn't shy about saying what's on her mind. She's equally driven by the need for blood and for sex, which makes for some interesting situations! I plan to write more stories in Zara's world.

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Gotta Write Network Interview

First, I have to say that I just finished The Vampire Shrink and I loved it! As both a Psychotherapist and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist do you see parts of yourself in the heroine Kismet Knight?

Thank you so much! I'm so happy you enjoyed the book! I loved writing it.

Kismet is absolutely an idealized part of me. She's younger, prettier and thinner! And she gets to hang out with gorgeous men of all varieties. But we share a therapeutic orientation. I use parts of myself in all my stories. It's Psychotherapy by Fiction for me! I think that most of the characters writers create are some aspect of the self. Either an idealized/desired part, or a feared/resisted part, or an expanded part - and then there's the idea of a collective unconscious, where we have access to everything that ever has existed, everything that now exists and everything that will exist! Wow! Lots of characters to choose from!

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Midnight Moon Café Interview

MMC: Do you remember the first paranormal romance you ever read?

LH: Well, that requires a longer answer! Prior to three years ago, I didn't know there was any such thing as paranormal romance. I'd been a paranormal fan since I was a kid, but I didn't know that romance came in that flavor! One day a student in a class I was teaching in my living room starting looking through my books and asked if I'd read a certain author (Laurell K. Hamilton). I'd never heard of her. My student said I had to read about the sexy vampire Jean-Claude. Yikes. Some people might not consider the Anita Blake books to be romance, but they are to me! Jean-Claude is still my favorite paranormal being. After reading LKH's books, I went hog wild and took out every paranormal romance my library had. Now I'm addicted!

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Romance At Heart Magazine Interview

Please tell us about your latest book.

Thank you for asking! My latest book is actually my first fiction sale. It’s a 12,000-word spicy vampire humor/satire w/romance elements, called “Diary of a Narcissistic Bloodsucker.” It’s the story of a very jaded, self-absorbed bad girl – who just happens to be a vampire. She loves men and manages to get herself into a predicament because of her tendency to bed them and bleed them. While the story tells about an episode in the vampire’s life (her name is Zara), it’s a little tongue-in-cheek. I originally wrote it to submit for possible inclusion in an anthology (they’d asked for the lead character to be a quirky vampire). The anthology didn’t happen, but I was able to sell the story.

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Romance Junkies interview

Hi Lynda, and welcome to RomanceJunkies. First, can you let us know what projects you are currently working on?

I’m happy to talk about my projects, Kim! Thanks for interviewing me!

I just sold my first full-length manuscript, THE VAMPIRE SHRINK, to Medallion Press. This book is an urban fantasy with romance, sex, mystery and a witty vibe (hopefully!). It’s about a Denver psychologist who gets pulled into the vampire/vampire wannabe underworld. She meets a gorgeous, 800-year-old bloodsucker, an irreverent FBI agent, a dead woman, lots of nasty characters, and generally falls through the looking glass. I’ll soon be working on edits, and plugging along on the second book in the series. I also just completed a novella (erotic urban fantasy romance) under my pen name and will be submitting that to the epub that requested it.

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