One of the key settings in Life and Death of Lily Drake is the mansion where Mathias and Valentine, our two vampire cousins, reside. In the book, the mansion sits atop a hill and overlooks a school, as does the inspiration for this fictional home.
In Mount Vernon, you don’t have to live here long to hear about Round Hill, or the Curtis Mansion. This gorgeous old home was built in 1853 by Henry B. Curtis, an abolitionist who helped slaves along the Underground Railroad. According to local rumor, tunnels from the home lead to his family’s crypt in a nearby cemetery.
It’s seriously hard to NOT be inspired by this home. Every year at Halloween a line runs down from the house all the way to the road at times of children (and parents) who just want a closer look at this magnificent house.
You’ll find many similarities between this real, historical home located in Mount Vernon, and the fictional one in Life and Death of Lily Drake, but as far as I know, no vampires reside in it.—T. Michelle Nelson
T. Michelle Nelson
October 5, 2012
eBook, 252 pages
For Lily Drake, slaying vampires is easy…Dating them is the hard part.
Lily Drake is your everyday hard-working single mom…until a gorgeous vampire shows up on her front door who she mistakenly assumes is her blind date for the evening. As one crazy scenario after another unfolds, Lily finds herself falling in love with two vampires, slaying the evil ones, and being prophesied as the savior of the entire undead race. Deciding between pizza and Chinese take-out will no longer be one of the hard decisions facing Lily Drake once she is immersed into vampire society.
Humanity or immortality? That doesn’t hold a candle against this question – which of the two handsome vampire cousins?
The Life and Death of Lily Drake is not your typical vampire love story. It’s a tale about the humorous mistakes a woman makes simply trying to survive not only life, but the dating scene. How will Lily manage working full-time, taking care of her young son and fighting the undead at every turn?
Lily will have to figure it out, but who better to save the world than a mom?
When T. Michelle Nelson was a little girl she told people she was going to be a skeleton when she grew up. Most people assumed she confused the question with “What do you want to be for Halloween?” She doesn’t remember, but thinks it’s debatable either way. With her love of all things monster and horror, it’s possible she actually did want to grow up to be a skeleton. Years later, little has changed. T. Michelle still loves her monsters, but now she writes about them.
Originally from Western Kentucky, T. Michelle is a graduate of Murray State University. She now resides in picturesque Mount Vernon, Ohio, which is also the setting of her novel, The Life and Death of Lily Drake. When she isn’t vicariously living through her characters, T. Michelle Nelson is a not-so-mild-mannered mother, semi-decent baker and lousy volleyball player.