The Dark Proposal – Megan Cashman
The Dark Proposal
Girls, if you had the perfect boyfriend who suddenly reveals he’s a vampire, and also wants to make you one or else…what would you do? That is the dilemma college graduate Claire McCormick faces. Her life is brightened up by Daniel Bertrand in a whirlwind romance, who only to turns out to be a bloodthirsty vampire. He also won’t take no for an answer when he proposes for Claire to join him for eternity. She faces becoming evil herself or have evil done to her and her loved ones. The Dark Proposal explores Claire’s nightmare and fears while she makes her decision. Along the way, she learns why exactly Daniel wants her to be vampire.
The Dark Proposal will be the first book in a trilogy that follows what becomes of Claire and the vampires. It will be released on Kindle this September.
The following is an interview with Claire McCormick’s two roommates, Samantha DiCarlo and Monica Alejandrez. Since my book is the first of a trilogy, I mention a couple of things that book #2 will include. – M.C.
Q: Great to meet you Samantha DiCarlo and Monica Alejandrez! Okay, tell us about yourselves, and how you became friends with Claire McCormick?
Samantha: Claire, Monica and I met during our first year at Richmond College, which is on Staten Island in New York City. The three of us hit it off right away, though I’m not so sure how.
Monica: (slight giggle) I think it’s because our personalities simply clicked. Even though we’re different in a lot of ways, we also benefit and learn from each other.
Samantha: Yeah, Monica is the quiet one, Claire is in-between, and some people say I can be loud. Anyway, we became friends in college and right before we graduated, we three realized we didn’t want to go back living with our parents and regress into children. We wanted to be adults so we got ourselves an apartment not far from the college and moved in together. It was really awesome that our landlords took us in because we were college graduates without full time jobs, but I guess they needed whatever help they could get to pay their mortgage.
Q: Signs of the times, I suppose?
Samantha: You’re not kidding. Neither one of us could get a full time job after we graduated. Monica substituted a lot, but she was going for her master’s in education at Richmond. But Claire and I could not get real jobs for the life of us. I studied finance, but I got stuck bartending four days a week. Claire majored in English Writing, but kept working part-time in the English department that had lousy pay.
Monica: She also did some freelancing, but it wasn’t easy for her.
Samantha: We argued so many times. There was so much stress going on.
Q: When the fall semester began, Claire met Daniel Bertrand, who was an adjunct professor at Richmond. It began with him helping her getting more freelance work but then it turned into something more.
Samantha: Yeah, we thought it would be cool for her to go out with him. He was hot looking, rich and successful. Why not?
Monica: He was a really cool guy when they first dated. He was friendly and a real gentleman. He also made her smile a lot back then.
Samantha: (rolls eyes) Back then.
Q: When did you notice something was wrong with their relationship?
Monica: Thanksgiving Day. Claire was all dazed and withdrawn. She said she got into a nasty fight with Daniel the night before. She also even asked me a weird question about vampires.
Samantha: It was all downhill from there. First they broke up, and then she accused Daniel of assaulting her before their break-up. He didn’t seem to be the type who would hurt someone, but you never know.
Monica: Then she got back with him which didn’t make any sense to us.
Samantha: We tried to talk sense into her, but she wouldn’t hear it. She even said she made up the part about Daniel hitting her, which was bizarre.
Q: It wasn’t long after Claire got back with Daniel that she moved in with him.
Samantha: Boy, did that come without warning! I mean, we knew they were talking about moving in together before they broke up. But after they got back together, almost right away did she begin packing up! I got the impression Daniel made a “my way or no way” type of deal, and for some reason, Claire went along.
Q: Was this normal of her?
Samantha & Monica: No!
Monica: She actually was never that strong. She was never a doormat, but she did have weaknesses that she needed to work on. I also think there was something about Daniel that we couldn’t put our finger on.
Samantha: Well, we kind of did. The night he came to get Claire’s things was like seeing the real Daniel, or part of it. He came across as cold and calculating, nothing like the nice guy we knew before. He and I almost got into an argument, but I outsmarted him.
Monica: I was really worried about her when she left that night. It was like she was afraid to say no to Daniel, and was heading for something we couldn’t get her out of.
Q: Have you spoken to her since?
Samantha: We’ve spoken once or twice on the phone. She sent us a few emails, sent us photos of her in Paris, where Daniel took her for some romantic vacation. But we have yet to meet up.
Monica: It’s really sad that our friendship came to a sudden end like that.
Samantha: Sad? I’m pissed. But I don’t know what to do. It’s Claire’s life, her decision. We told her we would be there for her. I hope she never forgets that.
Q: Thank you ladies for giving this interview.
I hope everything works out for Claire.
Samantha: Don’t worry. I don’t think this is the end of everything for her. Really, I just don’t.
Defining the Term “Writer”
This weekend, I finally uploaded my first book, the NA urban fantasy “The Dark Proposal” onto Kindle as an eBook. It was a huge relief to get my hard work out to the public and I felt like this was a major milestone for me. I had always wanted to write a book, I spent nearly six months on this one, and now it was out in the world. I guess this makes me a writer now.
But wait a minute. What does that mean, writer? How does publishing a book make me a writer? Haven’t I been one before? After all, as a freelance journalist, I’ve had articles published with my name in the by-line. So, why do I get the feeling that I can easily say I’m a writer now?
According to TheFreeDictionary.com, a writer is the following:
1. (Communication Arts / Journalism & Publishing) a person who writes books, articles, etc., esp as an occupation
2. (Communication Arts / Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) the person who has written something specified
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a person who is able to write or write well
4. (Communication Arts / Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a scribe or clerk
5. (Music, other) a composer of music
6. (Law) Scot a legal practitioner, such as a notary or solicitor
OK, I’m not a Scottish lawyer, a scribe nor a musician, so the last three numbers are out. The first definition describes my freelancing to a T, so I was a writer before I even completed “The Dark Proposal”. I had written something specified in the past, and I have always been able to write well. So, I guess I’ve always been a writer.
But I never once thought of introducing myself as one. Writing as a favorite pasttime does not qualify when someone asks, “What do you do?” – unless they are truly asking about what you like do. Sure, writing has always been my second nature. I had been writing nonstop since I was a kid, but what did I have to show for it? It’s like someone who paints yet displays his or her work only at home, never in a gallery or selling their work to anyone.
In addition, when it came to my freelance reporting, calling myself a writer also did not qualify. Writing articles for news outlets meant I was being a journalist, something a lot more specific than the broadly termed “writer”.
So technically, I have not yet been a writer, until this past weekend. Putting my book on Kindle probably did the trick, since most people think a writer is someone who writes books. But that would mean I became a writer in late April of this year when I completed my WIP. Even a professor from graduate school declared me a writer when I inquired him about the publishing industry. I told him, though, that I hadn’t yet published so I probably wasn’t one. He pointed out that not too many actually complete their works, so I certainly belonged in the writer category. He had a point, but personally, I still felt like I had ways to go.
It’s clear that you can define yourself as much as you want, but society has its own definitions of you. The world has its own categories and who belongs where. In this situation, no one is being hurt, but you do have to prove yourself.
So as I put my book on Kindle a few days ago, I began to wonder if I really had made it. Meaning, I had gotten over a few hurdles and worked hard enough to make that moment possible. At last, there is something to prove that I am a writer.
Yeah, I am a writer – a real writer! I can finally introduce myself as one and mention it on my Facebook and LinkedIn profiles. I have something to show for my work and the world can see. Yep, I can say I have made it!
NOTE TO BLOGGER: here’s the link to TheFreeDictionary.com definition of writer: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/writer
Former freelance journalist Megan Cashman is getting ready to publish her first book in September 2012.
The Dark Proposal will be released as an E-book on Kindle. Megan has worked for cable news stations, both local and national, and has a master’s degree in journalism under her belt. Born and raised on Staten Island, New York’s forgotten borough, Megan always had a love of reading and writing. Her favorite authors are Paulo Coelho, Anne Rice, Khaled Hosseini, and Sarah Dunant. She enjoys books that take her to a different world and/or see her world differently. She hopes to do the same for her future readers. As for other things, Megan likes to hit the beach in the summer, rollerblade, do yoga and cook. She loves to blast her iTunes with all her songs. Her favorite acts are U2, Enigma, Depeche Mode, Garbage, Sarah McLachlan and many more – she even likes Celtic and New Age music! Her favorite movie is The Lord of the Rings trilogy. She tunes in to watch Once Upon A Time, Girls, Game of Thrones and True Blood.