Sands, Lynsay(pop culture)
Canadian romance author Lynsay Sands was born in Leamington, Ontario, grew up in southern Ontario, and studied at the University of Windsor. She emerged as a romance author following her first book, The Deed, released in 1997, but did not distinguish herself from the mass of other romance writers until the middle of the next decade (2003) with the first of her vampire novels, Single White Vampire. This and her subsequent novels about the Argeneaus, a family of modern vampires, became known for the humor she injected into the stories.
The stories center on a nuclear vampire family, a mother Marguerite, three sons (Lucien, Bastien, and Etienne), and a daughter (Lissianna). Later, members of the extended family are introduced, all hundreds of years old, and having problems facing the modern world. Cousin Vincent is an actor living in Los Angeles. The Argeneau family traces their lineage back to Alexandria and Ramses who emerge in the sixteenth century B.C.E. and get caught in Pompeii when Vesuvius erupted in 79 C.E. Sands traces vampirism back to Atlantis and the fabled scientific advances that rival those of the twenty-first century. Atlantean scientists discovered nanos, microscopic entities that could be injected into the bloodstream where they lived and reproduced. The nanos live off of blood. Once in the body, on the good side, they help to constantly regenerate one’s body by repairing organs and any damage due to accidents and aging. The body, however, cannot manufacture blood at a rate to meet the needs of the hungry nanos. Hence the descendants of the original Atlanteans, to whom the nanos have been passed, need to regularly ingest more blood.
Apart from the scientific nature of their origin, Sands’s vampires are fairly traditional—they have great strength, have to avoid sunlight, need blood regularly, possess fangs, and even sleep in coffins.
While Single White Vampire was the first of the twelve volumes published by Sands, she now tells her new fans to read the novels as she intended them to appear, beginning with A Quick Bite (2005) and proceeding to Love Bites (2004) before Single White Vampire and the fourth novel Tall, Dark and Hungry (2004). Most recently, she has begun a subseries within the series built around a group of vampires commissioned by the vampire powers-that-be to hunt rogue vampires, who have broken the laws of the vampire community. Secondarily, they investigate cases of mortals learning of the existence of vampires, who exist in a secret world shielded from the knowledge of the larger human community.
Sands has also participated in several anthologies of vampire stories: His Immortal Embrace (2003), Dates from Hell (2006), and Holidays Are Hell (2007).