October is such a grand month for everything paranormal. There are so many lovely blog entries here on all the scary aspects of Halloween. So in staying with our paranormal theme, I’d like to tell you what I think a Paranormal Romance really is, and maybe isn’t.
To begin with, writing a Paranormal Romance isn't the easiest kind of writing to do. I find it requires even more attention to plot development, conflict and detail.
One of my favorite publishers of the Paranormal Romance (Silhouette Nocturne) likes it this way:
Dark life threatening action packed high drama adventures with escalating conflict, heroes and heroines fighting together for their lives against demon foe, while the developing highly sensual romance is woven into the conflict and plot of the story...
Whew! Now that’s something. Not all paranormal romances have to be as intense as Nocturne. Yet following a few simple guidelines can help. Here's some of the basics I use.
-Even if I create complex worlds different from anything seen or experienced, I use the senses to help readers see, feel, hear, taste and smell my constructed world.
-I always keep the focus of my story on the romance. Even if I build the ultimate world, the story is still about the development between hero and heroine no matter what form they take or where they live.
-If I’m writing a paranormal, it is more than likely my hero or heroine, maybe both, will have some type of unusual or special powers. I make sure the details about these powers are consistent throughout my story.
-Writing paranormal romance can give me enormous possibilities for conflict. Not only is there the usual conflict between hero and heroine, but there is also the struggle inside a different environment. The twists on conflict can be infinite, the plot curve endless.
Well there you have it, my take on writing Paranormal Romance.
I hope you will all go out and write the best story ever written, sell millions of books and become famous as authors of the Paranormal Romance!