I don't remember exactly how the idea came to me, but one evening about 11 years ago and change, I started thinking: Wouldn't speakeasies make the perfect cover for vampires? And then of course the next idea that followed was, wouldn't the mob make the perfect cover for vampires?
I've always been fond of vampire stories, ever since I discovered Anne Rice in my teens, so it occurred to me that something like the 1920s would be perfect for disguising vampire activity.
I started researching, and the more I learned about the culture and the politics of the 1920s, the more I could envision vampires running everything behind the scenes.
That was earlier in 2011. I started writing the novel earlier in the year, and I think I had around 30,000 words when I started NaNoWriMo later that year. I finished the novel off with an additional 50,000 words that November.
I've been thinking about all this again because of my plans of reviving Ruby Ransome this November. I still need to start reading through the original novel and refreshing my memory on both the story, and all things 20s. These details used to all live in my brain, and I'm sure they're still there somewhere, but it's going to take some excavation to help me remember it all again!