By: Becky Flade
I want to start of saying thank you to Just Paranormal Romance for turning their blog over to me today.
What is it about the paranormal that intrigues readers? I lack the knowledge or the arrogance to speak for everyone that enjoys the genre but I can speak to my own love of the genre. Maybe some people will agree. Maybe they won’t. I’d love for people to chime in with their thoughts and opinions on the subject; luckily there is a spot at the bottom where comments can be left for just that purpose. ;)
Don’t get me wrong I enjoy all the myriad sub-genres of romantic fiction but paranormal tugs at me a little harder than the rest. And I think the reason for that is simply when I read I do so for a bit of escapism from the realities of my life. Now I don’t have emotionally crippled billionaire sexy-as-hell Doms beating down my door but hey, those things ‘could’ happen in real life. Just like the boy who broke your heart in high school could come back ten years later ready to make amends. Or the baby-daddy who got away before you could tell him you were pregnant could show back up in your one horse town ready to be a father and husband. While these stories are wonderful to read and take you away from your own day-to-day you’re not really suspending that much disbelief in order to enjoy them.
When the fantasy world you’re diving into involves vampires, fairies, dragons, werewolves, witches and wizards, well you’ve found the Golden Ticket and eaten the Everlasting Gobstopper. This is escapism in the trust sense. I really give myself over to the tale the writer has told. When it’s done well I find myself believing in the impossible and rooting for creatures that I would have been terrified of as a child. You want a little bit of evidence that adults are looking to escape the stress of everyday life and looking to literature for that release valve? I point, with all the obnoxious hopping and oh-oh’ing of a fourth grader, at the masses of adults that devoured the Harry Potter books. Paranormal is fun, it’s fresh and it is a departure from reality that will always be in high demand. It’s why Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley still resonate.
And the paranormal lends itself seamlessly to romance. Beautiful people navigating surreal worlds, overcoming impossible odds to find love - what’s not romantic about that? I’ve read Romeo and Juliet – I thought it sucked. Give me A Midsummer Night’s Dream any day of the week and twice on Sunday – haven’t read that one? That’s the one with the mischievous fairies in it.
I’ll read just about anything (except non-fiction and westerns, yawn); I prefer romance; and I like my happily-ever-after a little, well, paranormal.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
When I was little I thought everyone had stories in their head. I didn’t find out that wasn’t the case until kindergarten. I remember thinking that was sad; and that I should share the ones I had. I asked my teacher for help. I had her cut, fold and staple the paper into a suspiciously book-like shape. Then I drew the cover art and illustrated the interior pages. Finally, and most importantly, I dictated the text. And violà … a writer was born.
It took thirty years for me to get from that first attempt to being a published author. I think the road thus far has added some depth and experience to my writing. At the very least I learned I shouldn’t ever do my own illustrations.
A city girl, born and bred, I tend to place my stories in and around southeast Pennsylvania, or at least have a character or two from the area. Home is where the heart is and I make mine with my very own knight in slightly tarnished armor, three beautiful daughters ranging in ages from college through pre-school, and a grandson who arrived on my birthday last year. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s.
I’d love to have you visit with me on my Blog; at Facebook and Twitter; on my Goodreads and Amazon author pages; or write to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fated Souls, my first paranormal romance, is currently available for eReaders and is coming soon in paperback on demand.
Fated Souls by Becky Flade
Investigative journalist Maggie O’Connell went from hard hitting exposés to alien abductions in the blink of an eye, but she did it with style. Her next big lead takes her to northern Minnesota hot on the trail of a werewolf and straight into the arms of Aidan Gael, a horse rancher with many more secrets than he has friends. Maggie may get the story but the man who shares the wolf’s compelling green eyes may end up with her heart - provided they can keep each other alive.