Carpathian Vampire is a novel set in current day Romania, specifically the mountain village of Sinaia. It will be published Fall 2013.
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Lumi (Luminita) Laura is the author of the recently published eBook of short stories titled Tales of the Carpathian Vampire. She is currently writing a novel titled Carpathian Vampire, which will be published at a later date. She was born somewhere in Romania, probably Victoria but possibly Fagaras. Her parents have no record of birth, and they never seemed concerned about it. She attended public schools until she was to enter high school, but when she didnâ€™t pass the entrance test, they were going to ship her off to a craft school for a couple of years, so she bolted. That was four years ago when she was fifteen. Now sheâ€™s on the run and has been since then. Lately, sheâ€™s been staying with a gypsy or Roma family, as they are called. Although she doesnâ€™t claim to be, she sometimes wonders if sheâ€™s not at least part Roma. She looks Arabic, or at least so sheâ€™s told, but sheâ€™s not that either.
Being a fugitive is nothing new to her family. Her father killed a man, and they were on the run for two years before the police caught up with him. Now heâ€™s in Codlea Prison for life. Sometimes she believes her life is more interesting than her characterâ€™s, but then sheâ€™s a vampire, so how cool is that? Sheâ€™s not sure anyone is actually after her. Her mother has moved since Luminita was last with her. She is not sure where her mother lives now. [Update: Luminita has located her mother in Edinburgh, Scotland. She went to visit her over Christmas, and made some new friends there herself. Her mother has a baby two years old and is pregnant with another.]
Sheâ€™s been reading and writing in English since she was five. She loves storytelling, and itâ€™s what she does to pass the time. The Roma family picked up a laptop computer for her. She didnâ€™t ask where they got it, and they didnâ€™t say. That was a couple of years ago, and sheâ€™s not put it down since. She doesnâ€™t always have an internet connection, and when she does itâ€™s usually slow. On the message boards they always get it wrong: â€œLuni bin Lauraâ€ is what they call her. Sheâ€™s not very fond of that.