What is Velvet Heaven?


Velvet Heaven is a trilogy of novels written by me, Soroya Biela. I was born and raised in Warren, MI. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2012 with a B.A. in English. My classes at Wayne State were heavily concentrated in creative writing, including several graduate level courses which I completed as an undergrad. I have participated in dozens of fiction writing workshops, and have even completed a play, entitled Apple Pie, which is set in the 1950s and deals with the intriguing subject of the secret lives of lesbian housewives.

My true love, however, is writing novels. I have whole worlds in my head, rather than short stories or a single novel. My current project is a series of novels about a radio talk show host who is in her 50s and gets turned into a vampire. The project started as a nod to a friend who helped me through a difficult time in my life, and who the main character is loosely based on. The novel was written to fill a much needed void in the vampire genre. My friends and I often found very limited offerings when it came to vampire novels, and no real characters in our age bracket. We were stuck reading things like Twilight, which is about teenagers, or Anne Rice, which was more about vampire men. There really were no strong female leads over 40 and certainly none that contained any erotic overtones.

Enter Joey Roxy, my main character from my forth coming novel, Velvet Heaven. Joey during her last public appearance is attacked by a vampire and offered the choice of eternal life. After Joey makes her choice we see her struggle to maintain her marriage, continue her career in the radio business, as well as the unique set of problems a woman over 50 would face after becoming a vampire. My goal with writing Joey is to provide a book that empowers older women, with a sexy, fun character they can all relate to. I also do a podcast called ‘Velvet Heaven Soul Mix’ which features the best in obscure R & B and soul from the 50s, 60s, and 70




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