"New Worlds Are Our Oyster."
Love by the Light of the Moon!
PNR Poll: We Want More............Vampire
Armae is the pen name of author Josephine Piraneo. Miss Piraneo was
born in Brooklyn, New York in 1968. Her first 'published' work appeared
in the school poetry book in junior high school. This set the stage
for a lifelong passion in the art of writing. In high school Miss
Piraneo wrote for the school column in the local newspaper. Today
her aspirations are a bit higher and much more time
Josephine's first novel - COME THE NIGHT - is a vampyre tale set in medieval Ireland. Her main character in the book is a vampyre who is of Irish and Roman descent. This did not come as a surprise to Miss Piraneo since she herself is of Irish and Italian heritage. But what did shock the native New Yorker was the over-all idea of writing about vampyres. COME THE NIGHT came as an inspiration born out of the blue while Miss Piraneo was working on a tale of angels and the angelic realm.
When not traveling to promote her writing, Josephine works as a front desk manager at a local hotel. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), the Beau Monde, the Saratoga RWA chapter and is president of the RWA Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal sub-chapter.
Miss Piraneo resides in upstate New York together with her cat Tabitha - the online feline fiction star. She is currently working on a new paranormal novel.
An Interview with Angelique Amae
PNR: Angelique, your real name is Josphine Piraneo. Is there any significance to your pen name, Angelique Armae?
A.: Yes, there is, so
I'm glad you asked that one! When I first started writing, I wrote
fantasy novels about angels and the angelic realm. I wanted a pen
name that reflected the work I was writing. The first thing that popped
into my head was angelic army. I translated that into french and played
around with the words and came up with something that could be a person's
name: Angelique (as in angelic) and Armae (armee is french for armies).
But everyone thinks Angelique from Dark Shadows when they hear I write
vampyre novels - I guess my angels knew my future way before I did
A.: My maternal
grandfather was a writer. and he was from Ireland and my father's
mother was a natural born psychic. With genes like that, coming from
both sides of my family, I just had to write and I had to write paranormals!
Also, I'm a huge fan of historical romance and celtic myths, so I
try to add those elements into my work.
that's the way Lazarus wanted it! I'm a character driven writer, and
my characters often lead me instead of the other way around. Lots
of times I get an idea and before the first chapter is finished the
story line has changed and my characters are dictating the where,
when, how, etc. In this particular novel, Lazarus had to be brought
across as an infant because being vampyre was the only way hislife
could be saved, even if it meant he had to give up being mortal. In
angelology, the off spring of the Grigori - angels who coupled with
mortals - often died in infancy. I had to find a way for Lazarus to
survive - he was main character! So he had a choice of either death
grandfather, (a vampyre and Roman statesman) repented during the time
of Christ. Infact, it was Christ (the Nazarene) who exorcised Romulus'
soul. But after the Nazarene was crucified, Romulus lost all faith
in humanity. and thus returned to the way of the vampyre. When he
was later given the Amulet of Christ, his soul was rehabilitated by
the Angel Raphael. The rehabilitation process involves fighting the
evil side of the vampyre, and the temptations of hell. To keep their
souls in a rehabilitated state, my vampyres are not permitted to feed
off humans unless it is to bring them across. They have a pack of
wolves that were made especially for them to feed off when needed
- the wolves are not of this earth and are infact, a part of the vampyre
Tribe. In between these 'wolf' feedings and the act of bringing across
a new member to the Tribe, my vampyres survive on the fruits and berry
wines of Paradise. The angel Raphael is in charge of keeping the Tribe
supplied with this nourishment.
A.: The relics
are the Amulet of Christ and the Saint John Stake. The amulet contains
the blood of Christ and can return a vampyre to his/her mortal state.
The St. John stake is a weapon, a stake made from the wood of Christ's
cross and the silver from the platter that carried St. John the Baptist's
head. The stake is needed to fight the Dark Breed of Vampyres. Lazarus
and his Tribe are known as the New Breed - vampyres whose souls have
been exorcised and rehabilitated. The Dark Breed are those who are
Aside from his mother, Octavia, Lazarus has a second
guardian, a representative of his fathers family. Why does Montgomery
feel the need to watch over his nephew.
is a Grigori, and he belongs to the group who fell from grace after
coupling with Cane's daughters (Adam and Eve's son). But Montgomery
repented and was welcomed back to Paradise. As part of his penance,
he was appointed Lazarus' guardian angel and must also protect Lazarus'
Tribe. However, the irony in this is that Montgomery holds a secret
in his heart and because of this secret he loathes the vampyre.
A.: My vampyres,
if brought across as children, can age to about 35.
A.: The New
Breed are vampyres whose souls have been exorcised and rehabilitated.
The Dark Breed are those who still remain in the shadows and live
for plundering and doing evil. Lazarus' maternal grandmother was a
Tracker, a vampyre hunter/watcher. The Trackers were based in Ireland
and Lazarus needed to be near them for protection when he was a child.
An evil entity is stalking him and the Tribe, and so he must leave
Rome and go to his mother's people. I wanted to write about the Irish
vampyre. In ancient Celtic lands often the titles were passed from
the mother's side. So I wanted to incorporate the importance of the
female role/heritage in the book. The Tribe would not have survived
had they remained in Rome. More Celtic myth will be incorporated into
the rest of the series, including the Irish vampyre fairy, and the
A.: This is
a constant problem for them. Neomina has the ability to pass the Amulet
of Christ to Lazarus, but Lazarus has only known the life of a vampyre.
The threat catches up with the New Breed
Both Lazarus and Neomina must fight this evil entity that stalks the
Tribe. And this is where my angel Montgomery comes in as well. The
battle involves heaven and hell, angels and vampyres.
A.: NIGHT OF
SHADOWS is the next story in the Irish Vampyre series. What is next
for Angelique Armae. Aside from the vampyre series, I'm doing a french
revolution vampire for RFI's Eternally Yours series. This book is
along the lines of the Scarlet Pimpernel meets Dracula! But Irish
Vampyres aren't the only characters I'm working on right now. I have
an historical romance set in the regency, my fantasy novels (with
angels) and a couple of gothics. The gothics have paranormal elements.
I'll be updating my website soon and it will include a special fan page. It will have a fan club set up for my readers to keep them updated on the books and information will be available in the future on the site for special promo material that fans can send for. I have a list fans waiting for the first edition of promo items from Come the Night. Included in this is a companion booklet detailing the history of the Grigori Vampyre, and the Tracker High Council. I had a lot of fun writing this book and I wanted to be able to share it with my fans. I'll be planning fan packs for each of my novels.
This title will be rereleased in 2006 by ImaJinn Books
COME THE NIGHT - In medieval Ireland, an evil entity stalks Lazarus Conlon, Vampyre patriarch, threatening the safety of his wife and his family tribe. But to conquer this enemy, Lazarus must first fight his own demons including a sacred heritage descended of fallen angels. Amid this strife, Lazarus learns his only true hope rests within the heart and soul of a mortal tracker - his wife - a woman born to hunt his breed. Can his evil antagonist be defeated?
Neomina Delacroix is no stranger to the world of the Vampyre. As appointed heiress of the Tracker Council and the keeper of the Amulet of Christ and the St. John Stake, Neomina's allegiance to her people is sealed in blood. But the true nature of her heritage has been kept secret for years, revealed only to her father - Gerard Delacroix - and to her husband - Lazarus Conlon. When terror strikes the Conlon Tribe, Neomina is their only hope. Can her heart outweigh the duties of her soul?
Featured in this Issue: