Or, I Ask Maksim Volk A Few Questions
*This interview appeared on JB’s Bookworms in March 2018.
Q: Thank you for joining us today, Maksim Volk. Tell us a little bit about your story, Blooddrinker’s Prophecy. Is there anything you would change if Anna Abner offered to?
Maksim Volk: To be honest, I’d rather Ms. Abner left me the hell out of her stories. I’m not a character in a book. This is my actual life. By sharing this so-called novel, she’s screwed my anonymity all to hell.
Q: How would you describe Anna Abner?
MV: Not cool. She took my private life and splashed it all over the internet.
Q: Do you feel like she portrayed you correctly?
MV: Hell, no. I’m not nearly as kind as she thinks I am. I have very little sympathy or loyalty to humans. My daughter, excepted.
Q: How about others in the story. Do you feel she did well with them?
MV: ::huffs a disgusted snort:: She made Connor Beckett out to be some kind of hero, though he’s a giant twat. She didn’t describe Oleksander the Destroyer half as diabolical as he really was. The only thing she sort of got right is what a decent young woman Ali Rusenko is. Though, if you ask me, Ali’s even sweeter than Abner portrayed her.
Q: You might be wondering why I’m wearing a scarf on a hot sunny day. It’s not that I don’t trust you ::tightens the scarf:: or anything. I’m just deathly allergic to vampire venom. You know like some people are with bees? So, please don’t bite me.
MV: I’ve considered it, believe me, but your questions amuse me. Continue, and I won’t drain you. Despite what Ms. Abner writes, I have some self-control.
Q: Okay, now that that’s settled. Who created you in the story?
MV: I was turned at seventeen by none other than Oleksander the Destroyer.
Q: Was there a reason for your creation?
MV: He was building an army, and he incorrectly assumed I was a murderer without conscience. Luckily, I’m a world-class liar or I never would have survived this long.
Q: Were you happy or angry about the transition from human to bloodsuc–, I mean vampire?
MV: I wasn’t given a choice, but I took to it like a fish to water, like I was born to carry the infection.
Q: What’s your favorite blood type?
MV: Moppet, the infection is too overpowering for niceties like tastes or preferences. Blood is blood, and I drink it all with equal pleasure.
Q: Where is your favorite place to dine? Some of us might want to avoid any late-night forays there in the future.
MV: Since being forcibly relocated to Las Vegas, I have learned to appreciate American cuisine. Bazaar Meats is one of my new favorite haunts.
Q: Have you seen any more stories in the recesses of Anna Abner’s mind?
MV: From what I gather, she has volumes and volumes of ideas, more’s the pity.
Q: Do you get to play a part in any of those stories?
MV: I can only hope she leaves my daughter and me out of any future novels.
Q: You’re no stranger to darkness. What is your author’s darkest secret?
MV: She reads ::shudders:: superhero comic books.
Q: If Abner makes you mad, you could just bite her when she’s sleeping, you know.
MV: Don’t think I haven’t fantasized about just such a night, moppet.