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Maya imagines... dashing heroes, determined heroines, and happily-ever-afters... Maya muses... on her blog Maya's Musings... Maya writes... paranormal romance with a twist...
Intrigued? Let me tell you more about the fascinating genre of paranormal romance...
Introduction to a ‘Paranormal Romance Novel’
Enter a world filled with every otherworldly adventure you can imagine.
A Growing Subgenre
Paranormal romance is now the fastest growing subgenre of romance, revitalized by the emergence of the 21st century digital publishing world.
What is Paranormal Romance?
Paranormal romance blends romance with elements of science fiction and fantasy—vampires, shapeshifters, ghosts, time travel, otherworldly worlds—which are beyond logical explanation. The combinations in this genre seem infinite, limited only by the author’s own imagination.
Behind the Scenes
Good fiction is believable, perhaps even supported by a semblance of truth. Authors use research, or consistent invention, to achieve this effect. I use both techniques.
For A Vampire’s Tale, my second novel, I researched vampires extensively—there is an amazing amount of information available out there—before, and during, writing. I transformed my research into my version of a vampire, a creature with—what I considered—believable and consistent traits. In fact, as the story progressed, a vampire society of my own creation emerged, which I describe in more detail in the article “Maya Tyler’s Vampire World.”
More Than Romance
Unlike other romance subgenres, the focus isn’t always on the romance.
I enjoy including complex plots twists in my paranormal stories. I write stories within stories, and things are not always as they seem. I want the reader to question everything they think they know.
Advanced book reviewers for A Vampire’s Tale found “a different take on your usual vampire romance novel,” “[putting] a whole new twist on vampires.” Read more book reviews at amazon.com.
Why a Book about Vampires?
It all starts with an idea. Before writing A Vampire’s Tale, I had never considered writing a vampire book. Why now? Like my character, vampire Corgan Halton, I find the Hollywood vampire, re-invented over and over is, at times, unbelievable and inconsistent. Still, we are fascinated with each interpretation. Hollywood has definitely romanticized vampires. I think the allure, the attraction, is the flirtation with danger. If you think about what a vampire is—undead, blood drinking, human killing machine—romance really doesn’t come to mind.
Like any tragic hero, a vampire’s back story is what fascinated me. And I wondered. If vampires were real, what would they really be like?
The Continuing Story
What is the appeal of paranormal romance? Escapism? Accessibility? Relatability?
What does a paranormal character really represent? Perhaps an ordinary person facing extraordinary circumstances? We can relate to this because we all, at some point, encounter comparable challenges seeking our way in this world, looking for acceptance or accepting being different.
And the story doesn’t end there.
Is paranormal romance the genre for you? Open your mind and discover the magic for yourself.