- Tell me a little bit about your main character of this book.
Sybil Crewes is a vampire and was born in 1750. She was turned into a vampire in 1775. Caused by an ancient curse from the book of the dead (the infamous Necronomicon).
Until the 1960s, Sybil was an ordinary vampire, living on human blood—until she, with her former lover, took the life of an innocent girl. Her friend—soon-to-be ex-friend—didn’t mind killing the poor girl. But Sybil grew more conscientious about killing her. Her guilt was amplified after the girl’s father doused himself with gasoline to commit suicide.
Since early 2000—while seeing too many Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes—she fights evil whenever and wherever she can.
She became a part-time ATU (Anti-Terrorism Unit) Agent after she helped Jack Hunter, head of the ATU branch in Boston, to capture the Boston Marathon bombers.
Sybil lives in Boston, MA. Besides being an ATU agent, she’s also a hotel manager of Nightbird.
Sybil hates being a vampire and clips her fangs, prefers to drink pigs’ blood, and walks in daylight. Her skin doesn’t sparkle under direct sunlight. All stereotype vampires and ways to kill them don’t apply to Sybil (or any other vampire or unearthly creatures). The only thing that kills evil are guns, fire, and a beheading.
Crosses, holy water, or anything else won’t stop evil from spreading. Sybil and her friends from the ATU keep America safe from terrorists and the supernatural.
- Do you believe in the paranormal and if so, do you have an experience you can share?
Ever since I was a seven-year-old, my mom used to tell me horror stories. My mother grew up in a haunted house in Indonesia. She saw them. Dead People. Haunting her at night. A bony hand, playing with lace shoes.
My mother could see in her dreams when something dangerous was about to happen. She had this scary dream about my two elder brothers, aged 15 and 17, driving illegally on a motorcycle and having an accident.
My two idiot brothers didn’t have a driver’s license and were uninsured. The accident my mother witnessed in her dream really happened. Luckily my brothers survived, but their motorbike was beyond repair.
She could also foretell when someone was about to die, and she knew I’d marry a guy from the south even though I was already in a relationship. And yes, she was right. My husband Gerard is from the south.
I can’t have children and yet, my mom knew I’d have three children. She saw it in a dream. Two girls and a boy. Guess what? Gerard has three children: Tamara, Nikita, and Dennis.So yes. I believe in the supernatural. In my own way, I can sense things too in my dreams.
Sometimes, when I’m tired, I can see a human-shaped shadow in a flash, and one time I saw a rabbit-shaped shadow, even though my own pet rabbit, Max, was someplace else in the house.
What titles are you working on now that you can tell us about?
Before I wrote Pandemic: Chaos is Bleeding, I worked on a 3D computer animation. Using Carrara Pro 8.5, Daz Studio 4.16, and Poser Pro 11.
After an email from my editor, I decided to write my book, Pandemic: Chaos is Bleeding. I love the story, and I hope my readers will too. I’m now thinking about a sequel. Pandemic: It’s a Madhouse.
In the sequel, Sybil is no longer a vampire. You’d think this will make her happy. But the people she killed back in the days when she drank human blood haunts her. They appear as shadow people before she can see their ghostly presence with blood-gushing wounds from their necks. This new curse drives her nuts.
Meanwhile, Boston is plagued by distrust among its own citizens. Fueled by COVID-19 misinformation and crazy QAnon conspiracy theories to divide people into two groups. The anti-vaxxers, and people who got their vaccinations.
Terrorists stir things up, using cyberattacks and organizing riots throughout the country.It’s up to Sybil and her friends from the ATU to stop the terrorists in time before they succeed to encourage people to grab their guns to take down the government while Sybil has to face her own demons.
SUPERNATURAL CENTRAL: INTERVIEW WITH CYNTHIA FRIDSMA (PANDEMIC: Chaos is Bleeding)