About the Book:
In the aftermath of the mass slaughter of vampires in eighteenth century Europe Valentin tries to keep the fragile covenant not to kill mortals intact through a strategy of abundance. Working from the shadows as vampire elders rule the three nests of modern day Amsterdam, he attempts to manage the finances of the continental vampires while mentoring the newly turned American Steve.After dealing with a vampire hunter in Amsterdam, Valentin, Karolina, and Steve travel to the primal vampire nest in tunnels beneath the Mother of Cities to attend the annual council of elders ruled by Lord Makru. Things go horribly wrong though when a newly turned American girl on summer break tells a mortal everything about the vampires, but fails to feed on him, spurring yet another descendant of vampire hunters into action.
Karolina’s plans to start throwing feeding parties on unsuspecting mortals again after two and half centuries are put on hold as unrest in the four London nests spills over to Amsterdam, resulting in violence and the true death for some. When she and Viona finally start throwing feeding parties at the mansion in Amsterdam and the palace in the Mother of Cities another summer concludes with shocking developments and heart breaking loss.
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I grew up in Mill Valley, California and as a teenager wrote several short stories. For a number of years work got in the way, so I didn’t write. A few years ago, I started reading more fiction again, and writing. The Gloaming is my first completed novel.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
I do most of my writing in the evening and at night. I can write almost anywhere, but I do need some quiet so I can concentrate. I started the Gloaming in my hotel in Amsterdam.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
It’s a combination of stuff I just make up and life experiences.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
Before I start the book, I have about one third of the story in notes – the plot, main characters and the ending. I typically have some pages already written, but don’t always know where they will go in the story. From there I start writing from page one, fleshing out the story, adding new characters, and new obstacles I hadn’t thought about. This part of the process yields interesting new characters and situations. The final third is outlining, connecting chapters, longer term wants, obstacles, and resolution scenarios to the final chapter. The final chapter typically is in rough form before I connect it to the rest of the story. Finally, there are the rewrites, about five to seven, in which I connect characters and situations more fully to events later in the story and flesh some characters out.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
This is my first completed novel and it’s best described as urban fantasy. I think over the last few years I was influenced the most by George RR Martin’s “Song of Fire and Ice” series, so fantasy seemed like the best place to start. Also, I had been thinking about the vampire myth for a few years so it fit right into that.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
I’m not sure I have a dream cast, but the main characters would have to be from Europe since that’s where the majority of the story takes place. Karolina especially would need to be Czech.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
As I mentioned right now it’s Martin, recently reread all of the Game of Thrones books. I have been reading Layton Green’s Dominic Grey series. Also, lately some Hemingway. Longer term John Steinbeck has always been one of my favorites.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
I just finished “The Sun Also Rises” which I had never read. Also, I’ve been doing some research on Druids so “Druids A Very Short Introduction” by Barry Cunliffe. I’ve come to the conclusion we really just don’t know much about the ancient Druids.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
I would have to say Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. He does such a great job describing the locations and characters.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Write. I know that sounds obvious, but just keep writing. It doesn’t have to be toward a finished project. It can go nowhere, but write. You should read the books out there on fiction, but be careful you don’t fall into trying to follow a formula. It’s about the story above all, let the characters and their situations write the story. The other thing is to read as much fiction as possible. Understand why you like or don’t like what your reading, and apply what you have learned.
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
About the Author:
ML Worthingham is a dark fantasy writer and author of The Gloaming. He began thinking about the first book during a trip with friends to Amsterdam in the spring of 2002. Originating out of his dissatisfaction with the current artistic imaginings of the vampire myth he envisioned a dark alternate reality interlacing known history with the unique violent history of the continental vampires of Europe. Work on the first book The Gloaming, Rise of the Stealth Vampire Elder began in Amsterdam during the summer of 2014.
ML Worthingham grew up in Mill Valley, California where he started writing fiction as a teenager; spent time traveling all over the US for work, in Europe mostly for pleasure, and currently lives in Silicon Valley. When he isn’t writing or delivering innovative new technology he can be found traveling the world, mountain biking, or just getting another cup of coffee.