Budding new author John Primo brings life to Katrina who meets history professor Caleb and falls in love in the first of Primo’s trilogy. Pick up a copy of the book and get bitten by the vampire bug.
By day, John Primo works as the vice president for information technology. Friendly and unassuming, he puts in his hours and serves RSC. But once the lights go out at the end of the day, Primo goes home and begins his double life as a published fantasy author.
Under the nom de plume Jaz Primo, he has authored and published the urban paranormal romance novel “Sunrise at Sunset,” available Friday, Oct. 1 in both trade paperback and e-book forms.
“[Sunrise at Sunset] is new enough [that] most people don’t know I’ve even written a book yet,” Primo said.
Sunrise is the first entry into a trilogy focusing on the relationship between Caleb, a budding young history teacher at an Atlanta community college, and Katrina, an older vampire with past adversaries to confront.
The novel, published by Rutherford Literary Group, had its share of difficulties getting to bookstores.
“The publishing industry is pretty challenged right now,” Primo said. “A lot of literary agents aren’t taking on new clients because not a lot of publishers are taking on new material if you’re not already pre-published in some fashion.”
Primo started creating characters in 2000, while studying for a master’s degree at the University of Oklahoma. Sunrise benefits from what Primo calls “a healthy market” for urban fantasy, even considering the “Twilight” series, among other supernatural fiction available today.
“Vampires have always been of interest to me,” Primo said. “Anyone who would like the ‘Twilight’ [saga] would probably like my novels.”
Despite the close similarities to other novels, Primo feels that his work has something unique to offer readers.
“[My characters] are out of their teen stage,” Primo said. “My characters are a little more adult, more mature. It’s a different audience that the book is geared toward, but it is no less enjoyable.”
Primo encouraged other aspiring writers to continue to pursue their dreams.
“What is really going to entice an agent or a publisher is quality writing,” Primo said. “Write what impassions you. Don’t write for some consumer that you envision, write what is in your heart and don’t give up.”
According to Amazon.com, “Sunrise” is available for pre-order for $13.95 in paperback edition and is currently available for e-book download for $4.99.
The second novel of the trilogy, “A Bloody London Sunset,” is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2011.