Drinking Partners 
The character sketch allows a hero or heroine to tell
readers about himself or herself. Today’s interview is with vampire Alexandra
Gage.
Title: Vampire Territory 1: Drinking Partners
Genre: Urban Vampire Romance
Author: Allie Ritch
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Being the master vampire for the Mid-Atlantic Territory is a
tough job. Between the Human Rebellion trying to kill him with poisonous suicide
donors and snobby born vampires bucking his authority, Lucas Thane has his hands
full. What he needs is a regular drinking partner to feed from and a bigger power
block. He finds both in the form of Alexandra Gage, the master of the territory
south of his.
Alex could use a little help herself, but she has no intention
of letting Lucas take over. Turned into a vampire against her will, she has had
enough control taken from her. She’ll never let Lucas usurp her right to rule, but
will she let him steal her heart? Passion ignites between them, and it’s amazing
what vampire bodies can do.

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About the Character

Name: Alexandra (Alex) Gage
Age: late 20’s
Gender: female
Birthplace: the vampire-free states, US
Profession: Master of the Southern Territory
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): vampire
Describe her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include
any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Alex is average height
for a modern woman and athletically built. Her tan has faded and the highlights
in her dirty-blonde hair have darkened because she hasn’t been able to go out in
the sun since being turned into a vampire. While her blue eyes have stayed the same,
her strength, reflexes, and senses have all increased exponentially since she was
turned.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life? Lucas
Thane. He’s her lover, her drinking partner (they exchange blood), and her political
partner, though she has to watch him closely to keep him from stealing her territory
out from under her.
How does your heroine
dress?
Soon after being turned into a vampire and taking over as master
of the Southern Territory, Alex starts wearing hoodies and jeans. For one thing,
she doesn’t have a lot of time to shop, what with other bloodsuckers trying to kill
her and take over power. For another, older vampires can be misogynistic bastards,
and she likes that many mistake her for a man. Rumor gets around that she’s a cowled
monk—some ancient vampire gone crazy—and she runs with the image. Lucas later upgrades
her to a full-length brown leather coat with a hood. Of course, her favorite accessories
are a semi-automatic pistol and a sword.
What special skills does your character rely on? Alex relies
on her superior speed to defend her position as a master vampire and to kill male
vampires who are bigger and stronger.
What does she have a knack
for doing?
She has a definite knack for drama. There’s nothing like showing
off a severed head to your subjects to get them to fall in line.
Does this character see morality as black-and-white, or with
shades of gray? If Alex didn’t see the world in shades of gray before, she certainly
does after being turned into the thing she hates most: a vampire. She has a strong
conscience, yet she’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect herself and those
closest to her.
If someone from your character’s
past showed up, who would she most want it to be, and why? OR who would she most
NOT want it to be, and why?
She would NOT want to see her family members. They assume she’s
dead, and she wants it to stay that way. She knows they couldn’t accept that she
now has fangs.
What would help your character
face hardship and meet any challenge?
Alex is tough and can handle a lot on her own, but meeting and
falling for Lucas gives her the extra strength she needs to tackle anything. She
trusts Lucas with her life and wants him as her partner in every way. But can she
trust the cunning vampire not to steal her territory?
How does your character
express disappointment?
Alex has one main rule for her vampire subjects: no harming the
humans or drinking from anyone who doesn’t volunteer. She tends to shoot anyone
who breaks this rule and disappoints her.
You live in a violent
world. How did you find love under the circumstances?
It was more like love found me. Lucas showed up on my doorstep
looking to do a little political maneuvering between master vampires. The sexual
attraction between us was instantaneous. Then I got to know him better, and I was
a goner, though real trust between us took a little longer.
What’s it like making
love to another vampire?
(Alex grins). There’s a lot of sucking involved.
What is your philosophy
in life?
I’m not really the philosophical type. I tend to focus on the
present, and at the moment my strategy is simple. Survive, squash my enemies, and
enjoy the pleasure I share with Lucas.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four
of these questions.

Why do you think your
writer chose to write about you?
I think Allie Ritch enjoys action scenes and was ready to write
a heroine who is a real warrior—one who doesn’t need a man but is certainly strong
enough to handle a master vampire, both inside and outside the bedroom.
Was there anything your
writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
Before I taught her about weaponry, Allie knew nothing about
guns. Zilch. She kept asking me where the safety was on my Glock and what a caliber
meant. It was embarrassing.
Why do you think your
writer loves to write?
She’s creative. I respect that. Maybe I’d do something more artistic
with my creativity if I weren’t busy fighting other bloodsuckers. Instead, I apply
my skills to building more innovative booby traps around my home.
What do you wish your
writer would write next?
The sequel to Drinking Partners. Allie has already drafted it,
and I’m glad. My story and the stories of the vampires with me are far from done.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your writer?
Yeah. Did you have to let me get shot? I know I can handle it,
but bullet holes still freaking hurt! Then again, the multi-orgasmic sex with Lucas
is amazing, so I guess that makes things even.

Author Bio

Allie Ritch is a multi­published author of sizzling sci­fi and
paranormal romance. She has an active imagination and enjoys entertaining others
through storytelling. Allie lives in her own little world in the Southeastern United
States, where she spends time appreciating the ocean and sunshine.

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