Lexi Wolfe’s first novel has got real bite.
The 27-year-old Sheffield author has spent the past five years writing vampire tale Better Off Dead.
“I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember,” she said. “I used to love to make up stories as a kid and, as I got older, my laptop became filled with ideas and scenes and bare bones of potential stories.
“It was about five years ago, while I was studying for an MA in drama at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, that I decided I wanted to see one of these stories through and actually finish writing a book. Better Off Dead was the result.”
It features the character Rosa, a failed New York writer who flings herself from the window of her 20th floor hotel room... and survives as a vampire. The book follows her as she finds herself living as an ‘almost dead’, coming to terms with her new life.
Lexi said: “In many ways, the book is autobiographical - until we get to the vampire stuff!
“I think it helps to write what you yourself would like to read, and I’ve always been fascinated by this genre.
“Whereas some writers like to plan out exactly what’s going to happen, I prefer to just take it as it comes and find myself as surprised by the turn of events as a reader would be.
“It got to the point where I’d come in at the end of a long day and couldn’t wait to do some writing because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next!
“I was writing to satisfy my own curiosity.”
Lexi, who was born and raised in Sheffield, self-published the book on Amazon and currently divides her time between her parents’ home in Base Green and her flat in London, where she is living and working as an actress.
“Acting is my other passion,” she said. “I’ve been getting lots of little roles the past couple of years, in Emmerdale and the new Harry Hill movie, which is exciting, and I’m really focused right now on auditioning and getting as much work as I can. “I would love to think I could enjoy a successful career as both a writer and actress – that would be my ultimate dream.”
Visit Lexi Wolfe to read an extract from the book.