How to relocate a vampire

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KAREN ESSEX, TRAVELLING FOR DRACULA IN LOVE, OR HOW TO ADD NEW GEOGRAPHY TO AN OLD STORY AND RELOCATE A VAMPIRE

Readers often tell me that they take my novels on holiday as travel and history guides. I love giving readers an experience on the page, but I love it even more when they are inspired to leave their armchairs and experience the characters and the history firsthand. As an historical novelist, nothing informs my work like travel.  I love to walk in my characters’ footsteps, breathing in … Read more.

Muslim Brotherhood: Women—yes, all of us—are an offense.

imagesBet you didn’t know that the word “sea” was masculine and therefore the sea is reserved for men?  Guess the Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t know about “la mer.”

Anyone who is sad about the fact that the Morsi government was toppled, especially my fellow liberals from the US who think that getting rid of this man was a strike against democracy, please read this article.  This is not Fox News propaganda but the results of a study done by a venerable Muslim institution.  Despite his election promises, Morsi and his … Read more.

Talk Family Planning in the Workplace?

Despite a few family-friendly policies in the workplace, women still torture themselves over the work/family balance.  To change that, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s high profile, controversial COO, says that companies must open the door to discussions of family planning. Problem is, both women and companies are too terrified to raise the subject because it’s thought to be against the law.  However, while it’s illegal to discriminate against parents or expectant mothers, it is not against the … Read more.

Why I Want to be a Vampire (and you should too)

People often ask what prompted me to step out writing biographical historical fiction and write DRACULA IN LOVE.  I have always loved vampires, ever since I watched Dark Shadows on tv as a child.  Here’s why:

I Want to be a Vampire (and you should too!)

By Karen Essex

Friends and readers, let me give it to you straight.  I do not want to die.  It’s that simple.  And now that I have written a vampire book, Dracula in Love, and fully explored the advantages, I really, really thirst to … Read more.

Don’t go to Egypt & cut off its foreign aid until…

I won’t be going back to Egypt.  I would also totally support withdrawing ANY financial assistance to that country.  Those might be strange statements from someone who’s written two books about Kleopatra and clearly loves the country and its history.  Let me explain.

I am sharing herewith in its entirety a report from CNN’s blog about the recent gang rapes in Egypt.  Historically, women of the conquered were raped by the victors as part of the “prize” of winning a war and to assert supremacy over, and humiliate and shame, the losers.  That reflected a savage mentality to be sure, but the recent … Read more.