It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for me.
Not only have I been able to enjoy the launch of another paranormal romance, Predator’s Refuge, I have had the opportunity to begin a new manuscript. However, this one is different than anything I’ve attempted in a long time.
Those who’ve read me know I pretty much dwell in the paranormal world as far as my writing goes. However, I truly believe one needs to constantly stretch oneself and try new things. It’s been a few years since I wrote contemporary romance, and my only published CR to date is Up In Flames (my firefighter romance). I decided a while back that I needed to spend some time in the contemporary world. Thus, the new WIP.
It’s going well so far but I’ve definitely noticed some differences in the way one has to write in this genre. After all, problems cannot be solved by using paranormal bells and whistles. As fun as it is to give your hero/heroine the ability to fly or shift shapes or drink blood, a writer has to ensure she is not using these traits as crutches. When talking about real people, the solutions to their problems must also be real, and this isn’t always the most exciting alternative.
Then there’s the fact that I worry my very human hero will not be as appealing as my supernatural heroes are. My fans have loved previous heroes’ special abilities and powers. So how do I make a mortal hero seem just as appealing? I think it all comes down to human emotion. This is what will make my new hero likable. But will it make him unique? Probably not. After all, real men are out there everywhere.
I am hoping the conflict in the story will be the unique aspect. I am attempting a romance between two people who should pretty much hate each other, based on their circumstances. It will be my job to whittle away their defenses and help them love each other. Oh, and hopefully have some smokin’ hot sex along the way! Can’t forget that.
So stay tuned, and I’ll keep you updated on how it’s going. This new work is a very personal one for me, one that summons up old memories and aches. I am writing from experience here, folks, and baring myself in this work. It might be difficult for me to get it all down on paper, but I have a feeling finishing this one will be the most rewarding writing experience I’ve ever had. And I’m so glad you’re here to share it with me.