Of the four men struggling for happiness, she says, "While there are villains in Beside the Darker Shore, they are not the stereotypical villains of vampire novels. There was no right or wrong. ... For the pain each of these men brings to the other, it is hard to dislike any of them. Each is fighting for what he believes."
She ends saying the characters remained with her well after the reading, which makes me happy, since I do intend a sequel!