This is my first attempt get help for a story I want to publish. Please bear with me. After a couple of really, really bad experiences with World of Darkness, particularly Masquerade, I am left with the need to create my own urban fantasy story, in part to assuage my anger, in part to get the stink of Masquerade off of me, and then to apologize to Theresa for putting her into Masquerade twice. It was a snuff film with a plot, and I didn't know better. So here's the gist: I'm creating a good vampire. She was embraced against her will, she's not a Nietzschean wannabe (and never will be), she fear the other vampires, and believing that they will eat her eventually, she decides to live it up for the rest of her life. For Theresa Miller that means loud pop music, Hawaiian pizza (that she can't hold down very long), learning how to club dance and as much karaoke as she can stand. That's how it is in the beginning. But this ISN'T Masquerade, it might not be like a traditional vampire story at all, because, frankly I hate vampires, I hate how vampires are portrayed in movies and I wanna play the concept straight. In this story, there are a lot of good or morally ambiguous vampires, though as a whole Vampires are ruled by evil and their own worst impulses. But rather than abject control and dark, emo-goth BDSM themes, Vampires in this story are more about corruption, that young vampires, especially ones that were embraced against their will need to be 'groomed.' The chief way of doing that is offering them what they want; this usually includes both daywalk and their mortal lives. The Vampires NEED each other because there is safety in numbers (all supernatural creatures are terrified of normal humans, who can kill them quite easily if they are prepared). Theresa likes to think she's not like the other vamps. Nothing could be further from the truth: everything she does is a variant of expected. Thralling a friend for emotional support, running away from the Camarilla, bumbling through the Camarilla get togethers, refusing to drink human blood, drowning in self loathing, the older vampires have seen all of this before. And Theresa is VERY corruptible: her strength is that she can do anything if it is necessary, and her weakness is that she can justify anything. She needs to feel she is doing good, and then her self righteousness will be her downfall (the Knights Templar theme if you follow TVTropes). There's actually three sets of characters: the Camarilla characters (vampires and their thralls), Theresa's estranged family (which includes two Werewolves, neither of which is into Werewolf sub-culture) and her bar buddies at the First Circle, a semi-dive bar in Columbus Ohio's Short North that does Karaoke on Monday nights. All represents moral challenges to the Vampire determined to be good. And it is supposed to be gritty and dark, but I will make sure there's a happy ending. It's my opinion that there's no point in writing, reading or watching anything else. So with all that fluff, is there any advice on how to go about this? Things to read, things to keep in mind? I'm not aiming this for the vampire ghetto, it's not a story I'm writing because I think it will sell. It's the vampire story I want to read. Like I'm REALL pissy about the modern obsession with vampires that burn in the sun, I find it intolerable, so I'm halving the difference so that sunlight gives radiation sickness instead, and vampires can learn to fully daywalk, though it's a maintenance intensive skill (like eating) that most don't consider worth it. Sunlight CAN kill a vampire, but barring an outlier, it'll only make the vampire wish it had. Puking blood, debilitating nausea and your hair falling out will do that. But to reiterate, I am writing for ME, and hoping others will come along for the ride. Any thoughts are welcome.