Friday, June 1, 2012

Excerpt + Review: Interview With a Jewish Vampire

Hi! Welcome back to my blog. It's Friday, and it's the beginning of a new month. There are some great things planned for June around here, so let's kick it off with a fun post and review of Interview with a Jewish Vampire!

Title: Interview with a Jewish Vampire

Author: Erica Manfred

Genre: Paranormal, chick lit

Publisher: Self

Reviewer: Nikki

Blurb: The last thing zaftig middle-aged journalist, Rhoda Ginsburg, expects when she signs up for JDate is to fall for a vampire. But when she meets drop-dead gorgeous Sheldon, a Hasidic vampire, she falls hard. She rationalizes that he may not be alive, but at least he’s Jewish. Desperate to save the life of her terminally ill mother, Rhoda comes up with the crackpot idea of getting Sheldon to turn her and her little old Jewish lady friends into vampires. Who knew that they would “go rogue” and start preying on the young?

Review: Oh no, another vampire book? Sure, that's what some may be thinking, but wait! Put away those preconceived ideas right now!  Interview with a Jewish Vampire is NOT your average vampire novel. Erica Manfred puts a unique and very witty spin on a vampire tale with this chick lit paranormal romp.

Rhoda is a typical but not quite typical single woman  in her middle age years. One sign up on a dating service changes her life forever, in ways she never would have imagined.  Rhoda's character is fun, and the way she handles things in this book is quite amazing.

I enjoyed Ms. Manfred's writing style and voice- with  a sparkling, fun and witty novel like this, there's only one place she can go- up! I would most definitely pick up another book with Erica Manfred's name on it.

Readers, if you're looking for something fresh and exciting, Interview With a Jewish Vampire awaits!

I've got an excerpt to share with you as well!

“I’m a vampire,” he said matter-of-factly.
                “Sure, and I’m the Queen of the Damned.”
                “What will convince you?” he asked.
                “Hmm. Hold on a minute,” I said, playing along.  I dragged a cross out of my purse, which I happened to have because I’d visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral with my niece earlier that day and got one for free. I held it up in front of him.
                “I’m a Jewish vampire. Doesn’t do a thing for me.”
                “How about a Jewish star?”
                “Don’t be silly, only Christians are afraid of the devil.”
                I dragged out a mirror and held it in front of his face.  No reflection. He said Ah  and the mirror didn’t fog up. When he opened his mouth I saw that his long incisors were, in fact, fangs. I shrank back, not thrilled about the notion of becoming dinner.

Author Bio:

Erica Manfred is a freelance journalist, humorous essayist, and author.   Her most recent book is the novel,  Interview with a Jewish Vampire.  She’s also authored two non-fiction self-help books, including most recently He’s History You’re Not; Surviving Divorce After Forty.     Her articles and essays have appeared in Cosmopolitan, The New York Times Magazine, Ms., New Age Journal, Village Voice, Woman’s Day, SELF, Ladies Home Journal, and many other publications.  Erica lives in Woodstock, New York with her Chihuahua, Shadow, and her daughter, Freda. Brought up by Jewish parents who spoke Yiddish but avoided religion, she got her Jewish education at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation which welcomes Jews from all backgrounds, from atheist to Orthodox, to vampire.    Her website is, or visit

Find the book at AMAZON


  1. Thanks for being in the tour with us!

  2. Interview with a Jewish Vampire sounds like a hoot! I love when an author takes a witty and original spin on the vampire tale and this one sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing the excerpt.