An Interview with Shalimar Ali and her new book – The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 2

December 27, 2012

The_Vampire_Dancer_Saga_Front_Cover_JPGLately several of my friends have asked me to review their books of help them with promotion via an interview.  I have to admit this book takes an unusual slant on the world of dance…yet having seen the book I have to admit it’s rather interesting.  Here’s the interview.

1.    You’ve Written a book – The Vampire Dancer Saga.  Seems a strange approach to a book that chronicles dance – how did you come about that approach and title?  My home was invaded by 3 bats.  Mind you, I am terrified of mice, rats and birds – so a “bat” is like a deadly combination of a flying rat.  Triple the terror to me.  But one of the bats got caught in a mouse trap and was injured.  I asked my grandkids to dispose of him outside and they felt sorry for him and thought he showed pain in his eyes.  That incident made me also feel sympathy towards the injured creature and inspired me to think about bats as Vampires.

2.    What is your background as an author?
I finally got my first book published in 2011 “Learn to Belly Dance Textbook & Certification Program” after 15 years of rejection from publishers.  Following the “bat” invasion this year, I published The Vampire Dancer Saga in July 2012.

3.    You book is interesting and you certainly take your readers on an exploration of dance.  Why dance and why vampires?  Most of my favorite movies and TV shows are about dance, sci-fi or vampires.  I am a die-hard fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Charmed, anything by Joss Whedon (Firefly, Dollhouse, Serenity), Star Trek, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Star Trek, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars.  You see this LOVE reflected in my books

4.    When you wrote your book, what did you want the audience to gain?  Please don’t’ forget about dance history and the previous dancers who made it shine.  Like Eleanor Powell, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, etc.

5.    You reference many dance celebrities in your book.  Which dance celebrity most resonates with you and why?  I grew up with Michael Jackson.  I was totally engrossed with him from the time they began back in 1969.  So much to the point, then when he died, it was like having a distant family member die.  It took me a long time to grieve over Michael.

6.    What do you see as the three primary benefits one would have by reading your book?  Going on a fantasy journey through time.  Learning about Dance History.  And sharing my vivid imagination about “what if” these dancers participated in this wild adventure.

7.    A number of my readers are in the media, so as we conclude this interview – what two things would you want them to know about the uniqueness of the book you wrote?  Please imagine this book as a movie or TV Show.  Dance is like a Vampire, in that dance never dies!

The book can be purchased here –