The "Paranormal" is the Life for me!
Okay . . . so, I will be the first to admit that I don't blog often. I spend most of my time working continuously on new book ideas. I think one of the most common questions I'm asked when it comes to writing is why I choose to write paranormal romance. I often only have time to give simple answers, "It's magical!" or "It's a different way to look at life."
The short answers are true. It is magical, and it is a different way to look at life. But, most importantly, it's a way to look at different challenges, to test the human spirit in ways "normal" life couldn't. In the paranormal world, characters endure pain at a whole new level. They love too much and hurt too deeply. They are forced to make sacrifices, to give up normal life for a life they never asked to live. The challenge is in being the character I write, in putting myself in that "impossible" place.
What do you do when you are stuck between a rock and a hard place? Literally. The rock is impossible scenario number one. The hard place is impossible scenario number two. How does impossible scenario number one make you feel? Are you less afraid or more afraid of it than you are of scenario number two, and how can you use it to your advantage? This is the formula for my paranormal novels. And often there are way more rocks and hard places than a character knows what to do with.
Now here enters the romance. In a paranormal world where danger is a given and people die young, it is easy to fall in love. Deeply, quickly, and sometimes without preamble. But it is also a reason for the main characters to connect in a way no "normal" human being could. Emotions tested are stronger bonds created. Trust is precarious. Therefore, when trust is earned, it means more than it normally would. It is harder to test, harder to break. Love and trust become a life line because as much as we'd like to believe we could be all "bad ass" and survive a bunch of paranormal trials on our own in that situation, the truth is everyone needs allies. And who you choose can mean the difference between life and death.
I write paranormal romance because it is high stakes, high emotions, and it gives me a reason to fall in love with characters more deeply because they hurt so much and have to endure such extreme situations. Because of that, my characters stay with me. They are me. They become me. I keep them close, and in exchange, they give me a reason to dream. :)