L.A. Kragie, Author of “Vampire Chimeras”

Vampire ChimerasWhat is your book about?

It shows how a medical research doctor and her lover, a Navy Aviator, try to save the world, and their loved ones, from a horrific hemorrhagic fever.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

Almost half the world’s population is at risk of harm or even death from Dengue Fever. I wanted to create a thriller that drove readers to turn pages and at the end, find they know the critical aspects that can save them and those they love from danger.

Why will readers relate to your characters?

The reader can relate to intimate danger- their loved ones are put at risk and must be saved.

 Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?

I write thrillers to be entertaining and to teach the science. But there is also a layer of metaphor and symbolism for those who seek these.

How has your background influenced your writing?

I am an experienced scientist and physician. I draw upon that training.

Are you writing to reach a particular kind of reader?

I especially want to inspire young adults to pursue science. This is what Michael Crichton did for me and I want to pay it forward.

Does writing come easy for you?

No. But I enjoy doing it.

What’s been the most surprising part of being a writer?

How much I LOVE doing it.

What do you like to read? What is your favorite genre?

Medical thriller suspense and historical thriller suspense.

What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you’d written yourself?

Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned about writing?

Just gotta do it.

What genre are your books?

Real science mashup to produce tense medical thrillers, with a bit of romance and humor thrown in.

Do your characters ever take on a life of their own?

Oh yeah! I have a movie in my head.

Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?

Someone who is hungry to learn and follow the mysteries and ecstasies of science, and apply their knowledge to saving their fellow man.

What one word describes how you feel when you write?


If your book was made into a TV series or Movie, what actors would you like to see playing your characters?

What do you wear when you write?

Yoga pants, Tshirt, sweater

Who designed your cover?

Joleene Naylor is awesome.

Where can people learn more about your books?



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