I think that my vampires in general were influenced by my being allowed to watch the Hammer vampire films. Vampire Circus also shown as Circus of Fear was one of those movies.
I cannot say how strongly I object to people using other people’s writing as research. Research is non-fiction especially for horror fantasy science fiction. Do not take your research from other people’s fiction. Just don’t.
I am not a morning person.
For me the Anita series is built like a mystery series which means that as much as possible each book stands alone so you have a mystery to solve from the beginning to the end of the book.