A question readers often ask me is “why do you write paranormal romance?”
Aside from the love of writing, if there is one thing all writers have in common, it’s that we all started out as readers. Ever since I first gained an interest in reading, I was always fascinated by fantasy and the paranormal. I’m sure my love for all things that go bump in the night grew even more by the fact that all my female family members—my role models—all read paranormal romance and urban fantasy throughout my childhood.
When I first began writing seriously, I didn’t think about what genre I would be writing in, I just wrote the story I needed to tell. Once I finished is when I realized my first manuscript’s genre would be classified as young adult urban fantasy. I finished two YA urban fantasy manuscripts before I began searching for an agent. After some time, I realized that series (though it’s now in the process of being submitted for publication) wasn’t my ticket to the big time. The YA market was too saturated then for agents to feel really invested in YA authors. I had to take a step back from my work and assess how I was going to progress forward.
It occurred to me that out of my two favorite genres to read, I’d tried one: YA urban fantasy. So it only seemed natural to give my other favorite a try: paranormal romance. So the answer to “Why do you write paranormal romance?” is a very simple one. I write paranormal romance, because that’s what I love to read.
Now that my career has taken off, my focus in my writing is more on my paranormal romance novels than on my YA urban fantasy work. There are plenty of factors that have influenced that shift in focus, but I thought I would share some reasons I prefer writing paranormal romance to urban fantasy (not that I don’t love both).
1. I love romance, anything to do with love, particularly forbidden love. I’m always a sucker for a good love story, no matter the subgenre.
2. I love paranormal creatures and all sorts of fantasy creepy crawlies. There’s something wonderful about being able to create my own fantastic beings with loads of abilities that are mine to pick and choose.
3. I prefer writing in male viewpoint, which paranormal romance allows. In my novels, the hero’s journey is the main focus, though that’s not to say we don’t get to spend quality time with the heroine. Paranormal romance gives me the best of both worlds in writing both points of view, as where urban fantasy limits to one single female viewpoint.
4. I like writing strong kickass heroines, and I can do that in paranormal romance the same way I can in urban fantasy.
5. Paranormal normal romance is an escape. There’s something magical about being able to open a novel and transport yourself to a different world, sometimes one quite similar to our own, but a world in which good always triumphs over evil in the end and true love runs rampant.
So I’d like to ask, as readers: why do you read paranormal romance? What are the components of the genre that you can’t get enough of? And if you’re not a reader of paranormal romance, what is your favorite romance subgenre and why do you love it?
About the Author:
Kait Ballenger is a full-time paranormal romance author, wife, bellydancer, graduate student, and soon-to-be-professor. She is the multi-published, award-winning author of the Execution Underground paranormal romance series. With a B.A in English from Stetson University, Kait is currently earning an M.F.A in Writing. Kait believes anything is possible with hard work and dedication. One day, she hopes to be a bestseller and to see her novels on the big screen. Look for the next two books in her page-turning Execution Underground series: Twilight Hunter, book one (August 2013) and Immortal Hunter, book two (January 2014). For more information, please visit www.kaitballenger.com or follow her on Twitter @kait_ballenger.
About “Shadow Hunter”:
Vampire hunter Damon Brock’s newest assignment with the Execution Underground is Rochester, New York, a city crawling with the undead. But he isn’t the only hunter in town gunning for vamp blood. Tiffany Solow is fierce and ruthless when it comes to slaying the monsters that destroyed her family-and she works solo. But being alone is no longer an option when she meets the mysterious hunter who wants more than just her turf. Forced to unite against the local covens, the line between good and evil blurs when they must decide between their lifelong beliefs…and their newfound desires.