Jemiah Jefferson mixes a heady brew of sex, blood, and celebrity in printed
works ranging from her popular vampire novels for Leisure Books to the erotic
short stories of St*rf*ck*ng,
published by indie press Future Tense.
writing betrays the smarts and philosophical tendencies common to geeks,
grounding fantastical phenomena like blood-drinking in scientific research.
She's the kind of writer who'd rather talk about the Higgs boson than Twilight. She can be found at Comic-Con in San
Diego or writing film reviews on LiveJournal when she's not cranking out hot
the current spate of uber-popular vampire movies, your novels featured vampires
who work in biology and find ways to feed besides chomping on live humans. How
much research do you do for the science of vampirism and blood?
I did research
into blood science--the original Latin title for the first novel, Vox
Sanguinus, is taken from
the name of an actual hematology journal--and it was easy because I'm kind of a
medical nerd. I study stuff like that for fun. There's not much
"real" science about vampirism because, after all, it's a fictional
state, especially how I approached it, but I did my best to make it
In your own
life--assuming you aren't actually a bloodsucker, which might not be a safe
assumption--what recent advancements in science and technology make your heart
No, I'm not a
hemophage, though I do enjoy a blood-rare steak from time to time. A lot of
scientific advancements excite me, everything from cloning and genetic
manipulation to theoretical physics and cosmology. Just say "Higgs
boson" to me and watch my eyes light up.
The Higgs boson is sometimes known as the "God
particle that would explain the existence of all matter in the universe, which
is as yet unknown. The particle has never been observed, only theorized, and
the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland was constructed in hopes of actually
being able to observe this particle, but... they've had their problems, of
new wave of media technology, people freak out and claim that the word is dead,
culture is on the brink, and intelligent pursuits like reading are going to
hell in a handbasket. What are your thoughts on where we're headed now with
iPads, Kindles, social media, declining book sales, and the like?
I'm really not
sure where we're headed, and it's both exciting and frightening. More than
anything, every leap forward in personal technology tells us more about the
nature of the human mind--what we want, what we can't resist, what attracts us,
and what addicts us. We've learned that people have short attention spans if
they are afforded a huge variety of stimulation.
Even I am prey to this; I used
to never leave a book unfinished, whereas nowadays, if I'm annoyed with it
after twenty pages, I put it down. I am usually in the midst of reading several
books at once, and some of them I set aside for a year or more.
definitely be interesting to see exactly how intimate humans want to get with
their technology. Implants? On-board wi-fi powered by digestion or exercise? I
just want my music-player cranial implant so I can fulfill my dream of actually
having a funk soundtrack playing wherever I go.
back to the 1930s in a time machine for a coffee date with Albert Einstein.
What do you ask him to invent, so that you can enjoy it in 2010?
I would really
like him to invent a source of clean, renewable energy that's cheap. I am a
techno-addict, after all, and something's got to power all my gadgets.