First I want to thank Redz World for inviting me to drop by for a visit. There are few things I enjoy more than the opportunity to speak with fellow readers who love the paranormal! And that’s what I always consider myself an avid reader who just happens to write!
Over the past few months I’ve been thinking a lot about the fun twists and turns of the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres. When this wild ride first began it was dominated by dark, brooding vampires. And most of them were evil, not the delicious alpha males who we’ve all come to love.
Who could ever have predicted the remake of classic lit with flesh eating zombies? Or the popularity of steampunk? Or the infusion of high fantasy with contemporary romance? I LOVE the fluid nature of the market and the fact that we as readers are willing to take a chance on writing that’s waaaaaay outside the boxJ. I think the very fact that the paranormal genre refuses to be pinned down with the same rules and expectations that make other genres seem stale is what has kept it so popular. And as it continues to evolve I believe it will only attract new readers and writers.
My own series, The Guardians of Eternity, is a mishmash of genres. I did truly start off trying to write dark and broody. In my mind the clan of Chicago vampires who became the Guardians of Eternity were supposed to be aloof and mysterious and, oh, so dangerous. But along the way, I came up with a snarky gargoyle named Levet, and several characters that couldn’t be dark and broody if their lives depended on it.
In the end, I’ve combined my love for horror, fantasy, adventure, and, overall, romance into a strange brew…oh, and a fairly large dash of humor (or at least what passes as humor for meJ). It’s been so much fun creating my own world without restrictions, and I hope that comes through in the stories.
My question is why do you think paranormals are so popular and what you think the future holds? Dust off your crystal ball and give me a hint of what you hope to see more of, or perhaps invent something entirely new!!
giveaway of When Darkness Comes to a winner in the US or Canada